Battelle has donated almost $300,000 to a science education reform program of Pacific Science Center in Seattle.
Battelle operates the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.
The donation goes to the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform, or LASER, to assess statewide science education standards and expand continuing education opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, teachers.
Fourteen teams from Washington will learn how to incorporate STEM learning and teaching into their schools, districts and regional teams from Educational Service Districts.
The donation will pay for regional gatherings of science education leaders and allow them to create professional development models to expand understanding of the next generation of science standards.