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ORAU Seeks Applicants for the 2010 Extreme Classroom Makeover

Local Teachers Encouraged to File Their Intent to Apply by Dec. 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 4, 2009
FY10-05

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, the ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover will be awarded to one lucky middle school teacher. The award provides $25,000 worth of the latest educational technologies and a year of training and support. Teachers interested in competing must file their intent to apply no later than December 4, 2009.

The contest is open to public school math and science teachers who teach at the middle school level (5th-8th grades) and are located within a 50-mile radius of Oak Ridge, Tenn. Entrants must have the written consent of their principals and, if chosen, be willing to have their 2010-2011 classroom experience highlighted on the Internet and in various media outlets. Teachers, students, and even parents whose children are benefiting from this initiative will be invited to blog about this year-long experience on the Extreme Classroom Web site.

After submitting an intent-to-apply form, entrants will also be required to submit a full application and a 3-4 minute video that illustrates potential uses of technology and the need for technology in their classrooms. For more information on the ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover contest or to see how last year’s winner Ms. Jenny Alvey from Gresham Middle School has adapted to her new high-tech classroom, visit www.orau.org/center-for-science-education/classroom-makeover. Interested parties may also contact ORAU Science Educations Program Manager Marie Westfall at (865) 576-3425.

2010 ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover Timeline

Date Activity
Dec. 4, 2009 Intent to Apply deadline
Jan. 22, 2010 Full Application and Video Entry deadline
End of March/First of April 2010 Winner announced

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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