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Day of Discovery at the Battleship USS Iowa Awarded Large Grant

L.A. WATERFRONT, CA (March 9,, 2017) – The Day of Discovery Program at the Pacific Battleship Center (PBC) has received a generous grant of $450K from Tesoro Corporation in support of its program aboard Battleship IOWA. The program is a collaboration between Beyond the Bell’s Office of Outdoor and Environmental Education (OOEE) and the Battleship Iowa Museum.

“We are grateful for Tesoro’s generosity. It affords us the opportunity to do more outreach in the local community, reaching more children and providing unique educational services,” said Joshua Stutz, Education Programs Manager for the Battleship IOWA Museum.

The Battleship IOWA Museum hosts thousands of school students each year allowing them the opportunity to participate in STEM education programming in a real world maritime environment. As one of the museums most popular youth educational programs, Day of Discovery provides onsite activities that create memorable learning experiences for the leaders of tomorrow. This grant will help expand STEM outreach over the next three years. “Day of Discovery is not a traditional field trip; it is a field study as students are introduced to concepts such as simple machines, buoyancy and propulsion,” stated Gerardo Salazar, the administrator of OOEE. 

“Tesoro is committed to collaborating with our stakeholders and community partners to provide cleaner and safer environments where we operate,” said Ken Dami, director of government and public affairs for Tesoro. “Enhancing students’ participation in STEM-related degrees and careers is a core part of our philanthropic mission, and we are proud to support the Pacific Battleship Center and its Day of Discovery Program.”

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