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ORAU awards $33,000 in education grants to area schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Aug. 31, 2010
FY10-54

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities awarded 15 teachers and administrators from 10 area schools with nearly $33,000 in grants to fulfill a variety of educational programs and equipment requests.

The awards were part of a special ORAU Education Grants ceremony held in the organization’s Center for Science and Education classroom yesterday afternoon.

The grant monies enabled the purchase of Promethean boards, iPod touches, microscopes, computers, calculators and an array of other science, math and technical learning materials.

Representatives from North Clinton Elementary School display a $2,800 check presented to assist the school in purchasing a SMART Response System which allows students to actively participate in class.

Pictured: Representatives from North Clinton Elementary School display a $2,800 check presented to assist the school in purchasing a SMART™ Response System which allows students to actively participate in class. The school also won a Scope on a Rope kit, a hand-held microscope used for helping to keep students interested in science education.


Briceville Elementary School was one of the biggest winners, receiving a $7,200 grant for the purchase of a computer lab and a projector, which will allow an entire class to work at the same time.

Lake City Middle School, receiving the second largest grant of $6,500, can now purchase an entire iPod learning lab for improving students’ literacy. Claxton Elementary was also granted its request for an interactive classroom complete with a Promethean board, Elmo document camera, ActivSlates and Activotes. The equipment, which will give students the opportunity to be actively engaged, is valued at $5,500.

“We are proud to be able to provide educators in our area with the tools needed to help engage and inspire students,” ORAU President Andy Page said. “We are appreciative of these principals and teachers who have shown their dedication to the students’ education.”

The other grant winners were:

  • Oak Ridge High School—a $4,425 grant for the purchase of materials to create a general physics laboratory. The materials include hand-cranking generators, digital multimeters, galvonometers, bar magnets, large compasses, super slinkies, motion detectors and more.
  • Norwood Middle School—a $4,100 grant for the purchase of materials to construct an aviary that will be used in lessons highlighting ecosystems, biodiversity, biological life cycles, ecology, hydrology, etc. The math department will also benefit from the aviary and will use it for lessons covering geometry, fractions, percentages, statistical analysis and measurement.  The middle school received a $1,550 grant as well for the purchase of birdhouse spy cams, laptops and a Home Depot gift card to create an outdoor learning lab for students.
  • North Clinton Elementary—a $2,500 grant for the purchase of a SMART™ PE Interactive Response System, a wireless remote answering system. The elementary school also received a separate $1,200 grant for the purchase of a Scope on a Rope. Use of the hands-on, portable microscope and camera will motivate students to participate and become more involved in the science process.
  • Clinton Elementary School—a $2,385 grant for the purchase of eight mini laptops that will be shared among four first grade classrooms. The laptops will provide access to online resources and endless opportunities for enrichment in all areas of curriculum.
  • Willow Brook Elementary School—Thirty TI-15 calculators and two overhead TI-15 calculators used to project the calculator’s computations onto a screen, valued at $885.
  • Andersonville Elementary School—a $550 grant for the purchase of a SMART™ Wireless Tablet to be used by students to solve math problems, share information about science observations and collaborate on group projects.
  • South Clinton Elementary—a $250 grant for the purchase of mathematics software to accommodate the varied learning styles of kindergarten students. The elementary school also received a $440 grant for the purchase of refurbishment sets for organism science kits that were purchased last year through the ORAU Education Grant program.

The awards, based on competitive proposals submitted by the individual schools, were presented by ORAU President Andy Page, ORAU Executive Vice President Eric Abelquist and ORAU Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Phil Andrews.

Since 2002—the beginning of the ORAU Education Grant program—ORAU has provided more than $240,000 to area schools for projects that complement ORAU’s mission of enriching science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

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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