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ORAU Announces Four Anderson County Schools as Winners of Center for Science Education Prizes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2009
FY09-26

ORAU Director of Science Education Programs Wayne Stevenson and high school teacher Lori Houck

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) announces four Anderson County schools as the recipients of a series of education-focused door prizes as part of the grand opening of ORAU’s Center for Science Education.

High school teacher Lori Houck (pictured right) accepted on behalf of Anderson County High School a $250 classroom grant presented by ORAU Director of Science Education Programs Wayne Stevenson.

ORAU Program Manager Jessica Hamm and Andersonville Elementary teacher Brianne Kibler

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Andersonville Elementary School won the luck of the draw—not once, but twice. ORAU Program Manager Jessica Hamm (pictured left) won a $50 gift card for herself, as well as a $500 donation to a school of her choice. Hamm chose Andersonville Elementary and presented the classroom grant to teacher Brianne Kibler (pictured right).

Stevenson also presented another Andersonville Elementary teacher, Cristen Mayes (pictured below, right), with an interactive SMART Board valued up to $1,400.

ORAU Director of Science Education Programs Wayne Stevenson and Middle school teacher Angela Poole

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ORAU Director of Science Education Programs Wayne Stevenson and middle school teacher Angela Poole

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Middle school teacher Angela Poole (pictured right) accepted on behalf of Norwood Middle School a $250 classroom grant also presented by Stevenson.

Stevenson also had the pleasure of presenting Oak Ridge High School teacher Clare Roop (pictured below, left) with two complimentary tickets from Southwest Airlines. The original intent of the prize was to help make it easier for a teacher to participate in professional development opportunities located outside of the local area.

ORAU Director of Science Education Programs Wayne Stevenson and high school teacher Clare Roop

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The ORAU Center for Science Education seeks to transform traditional classroom instruction by utilizing new technologies and new ways of learning to excite and cultivate the next generation of scientists and engineers.

ORAU’s Center for Science Education is currently accepting applications for local teachers to compete for an extreme classroom makeover. Beyond the competition, the center is also offering an instructional technology series, which informs school educators ways in which they can incorporate a variety of technology-based items in the classroom, including SMART Boards, student response systems (clickers), digital cameras, video cameras and GPS.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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