Travis High School is the recipient of a $3,000 Fort Bend Education Foundation (FBEF) grant, funded by Fluor, which will be used to install solar panels at the campus. The grant was awarded to physics teacher, Bill King, during a special presentation at the campus. Presenting the award were Brenna Smelley, FBEF executive director, Richard Meserole, Houston vice president and general manager at Fluor, and Barbara Jones, senior manager of Community & Public Affairs at Fluor.
“We believe STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is a foundational component of success in the 21st century,” said Meserole. “By investing in the Travis High Solar Panel Project, we hope to equip more young people to be problem solvers and innovators.”
With funding provided through the grant, Travis students, faculty and staff will work with industry representatives to design and install solar panels at the school to provide an alternative source of energy and economic savings, via energy savings, for the school. The project will also provide an educational resource for instruction in the areas of physics, environmental science, and economics.
“We are honored to receive this grant and will definitely put it to good use as we work on installing the solar panels” said King. “Not only will the project help reduce energy costs, but it will also provide our students with various learning opportunities as they explore solar panel structures, electrical systems, tracking and measuring devices, bidding processes, and so forth.”