Outdoor Youth Science Education Organization Sierra Nevada Journeys Expands STEM Enrichment Fund to Four Nevada Counties with Google Donation


$50,000 Donation From Tech Company Helps STEM And Outdoor Education Organization At Elementary Schools In Northwestern Nevada Counties

RENO, Nevada – Sierra Nevada Journeys (SNJ), a Northern Nevada-based organization focused on delivering science education programs to youth to develop critical thinking skills, is expanding its STEM enrichment fund to bring programs to every elementary school in four Nevada counties thanks to a $50,000 donation from Google.

Official logo of Sierra Nevada Journeys. Logo courtesy of Sierra Nevada Journeys.

“These programs are essential for connecting Nevada students to science and outdoor stewardship,” said Kate Franko, regional head of public affairs at Google. “We are proud to support the work of Sierra Nevada Journeys. There’s nothing better to get kids excited about science and engineering than taking these classes outdoors, regardless of grade level.

Sierra Nevada Journeys offers scholarships to all elementary schools in the following Nevada counties:

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County of Lyons

Washoe County

Carson County

The educational organization’s STEM Enrichment Fund supports scholarships for their Unleashed and Family STEM Nights benchmark classes. Classrooms Unleashed is offered to students in grades 1-6, combining classroom and field programming designed to meet grade-specific Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Family STEM nights bring the whole family together through science activities to help students become more engaged in their school curriculum. These programs will be prioritized for students and schools with financial barriers to participation.

“We’re thrilled that Google is supporting STEM scholarships that will help students at Title 1 schools who have historically been denied access to high-quality STEM programs and outdoor experiences,” said Sean Hill, vice -President of Advancement at Sierra Nevada Journeys. “On average, students receive less than three hours per week of science at primary level. They also spend 15 times more on screens (phones, computers, tablets, etc.) than time spent outdoors; and this figure has only increased in the past year due to the pandemic. We can’t wait to overturn that stat in Nevada. »

Google’s donation will be used for direct program expenses, as well as to fund more education staff. For more information on travel in the Sierra Nevada, visit https://www.sierranevadajourneys.org.


About Google in Nevada

In July 2019, Google opened its first $600 million data center in Henderson, Nevada, with a second $600 million expansion in 2020. In 2020, Google also announced a new $600 million investment in Storey County, bringing its total investment in Nevada to $1.8 billion. Once fully operational, all sites will employ people in a variety of fields, including IT technicians, engineers, and various service, maintenance, and security roles.

About Sierra Nevada Travel

Sierra Nevada Journeys is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides innovative outdoor science education programs for youth to develop critical thinking skills and inspire natural resource stewardship. Through multiple touchpoints, our in-class and virtual programs, overnight science camps, teacher professional development, and parent engagement opportunities provide students with the resources they need to succeed. All programs are designed to foster better cognition and support long-term student success.


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