Huntington Ingalls Industries has selected 31 schools and academic entities in Alabama and Mississippi to receiveÂ grants worthÂ $99,783 combined through a program that aims to help expand students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math subjects.
HII said Friday its Ingalls Shipbuilding division will sponsor a wide range of STEM projects in the Gulf Coast regionÂ covering subjects such as robotics, virtual reality and renewable energy as part of this yearâ€™s grant program.
â€œSTEM fields have a critical importance not only to our workforce, but to our everyday lives," saidÂ Edmond Hughes, vice president of human resources and administration at Ingalls Shipbuilding.
Hughes added the company is committed to supporting the development of future workforce as those areasÂ becomeÂ more relevant to industry.
HII has provided more thanÂ $1M in grant funds to STEM projectsÂ since 2008.