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ORAU Announces Roane County Winners of Center for Science Education Prizes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2009
FY09-27

ORAU retiree Marjorie Tedder and middle school teacher Kimberly Nickell

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) announces three Roane 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.

Middle School teacher Kimberly Nickell (pictured above, right) accepted on behalf of Cherokee Middle School a $500 classroom grant presented by ORAU retiree Marjorie Tedder (pictured above, left). The local school was chosen by Tedder as part of door prize she had won during the grand opening of ORAU’s Center for Science Education. As a winner, Tedder received a $50 gift card for herself, as well as a $500 donation to the school of her choice.

ORAU Director of Science Education Programs Wayne Stevenson and high school teacher Laurissa Yarborough

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High School teacher Laurissa Yarborough (pictured left) accepted on behalf of Harriman High School a $250 classroom grant presented by ORAU Director of Science Education Programs Wayne Stevenson (pictured right).

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

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

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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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