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ORAU Announces Knox County Winners of Center for Science Education Prizes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2009
FY09-28

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Elementary School principal Lisa Light (pictured below, left) accepted on behalf of Lonsdale Elementary School a $500 classroom grant presented by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Director for the University Radioactive Ion Beam Consortium Ken Carter (pictured below, right).

Elementary School principal Lisa Light and ORAU Director for the University Radioactive Ion Beam Consortium Ken Carter

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Also, ORAU Senior Graphic Designer Mark Longmire (pictured below, left) presented to Powell High School teachers Thomas Caruthers (pictured below, middle) and Susan Martin (pictured below, right) a similar $500 classroom grant.

ORAU Senior Graphic Designer Mark Longmire and Powell High School teachers Thomas Caruthers and Susan Martin

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The local schools were chosen by Carter and Longmire as part of door prize they each had won during the grand opening of ORAU’s Center for Science Education. As winners, the two employees received a $50 gift card for themselves, as well as the opportunity to have ORAU donate $500 to the schools of their choice.

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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