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ORAU awards $36,000 in education grants to East Tennessee schools

Center for Science Education transformed into Minute to Win it game show during ceremony

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Aug. 31, 2011
FY11-50

Education Grants winner Jenny Paynter fishes during 2011 ceremony held in ORAU's Center for Science Education

Jenny Paynter, an educator at Fairview Elementary School, participates in “worm diving” for her chance to win a computer system during ORAU’s Education Grants ceremony held in the Center for Science Education on Tuesday.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities awarded 23 teachers and administrators from 13 East Tennessee schools nearly $36,000 during the tenth annual ORAU Education Grants ceremony held in the organization’s Center for Science and Education classroom yesterday afternoon.

The grant monies enabled the purchase of interactive white boards, iPads, books, computers, calculators and an array of other science, math and technical learning materials.

Lake City Elementary School, one of the biggest winners, received a $7,800 grant to purchase a mobile teaching lab. Consisting of an interactive white board with active vote remotes, the equipment is kept on a mobile cart that can move throughout the school giving all teachers and students equal opportunity to utilize the technology. The elementary school also received a $300 grant for the purchase of a new document camera to enhance classroom instruction.

The second largest grant of $4,500 was presented to Robertsville Middle School for the purchase of interactive technology for the science classroom that will include an interactive white board and installation, an ACTIVHUB and a visual presenter to stimulate learning and encourage higher order thinking.

Norris Middle School was also granted its request for an iPad e-Library to improve information literacy across the curriculum via research and hands-on projects. The grant is valued at $3,600. The middle school also received a $2,000 grant to purchase nonfiction books that will help students acquire content knowledge and, at the same time, improve literacy skills.

“ORAU is proud to provide educators in our area with the tools needed to help intrigue, engage and inspire students,” ORAU President Andy Page said. “These principals and teachers have shown true dedication to the students’ education, and we appreciate all of their effort and hard work.”

The other grant winners were:

  • Norris Elementary School—a $900 grant for the purchase of three Bye-Bye Blackboard document cameras that will allow students and teachers to display science and math demonstrations and observations for whole class groups.
  • North Clinton Elementary School—a $2,150 grant for the purchase of four iPads to be used to provide a more simplified way of introducing technology to students.
  • Andersonville Elementary School—a $1,600 grant for the purchase of a classroom response system that teachers will use for immediate student feedback on whether each individual student understands the concepts and common core standards being taught. The teacher may also use the data to formulate different lessons based on what the students’ responses indicate.
  • Norwood Middle School—a $2,000 grant for the purchase of nonfiction books to improve student literacy skills.
  • Claxton Elementary School—a $3,400 grant for the purchase of an interactive white board, allowing students to be more engaged in classroom activities. The elementary school also received a $600 grant for the purchase of refurbishment kits for a wetlands/outdoor classroom that was purchased last year thought the ORAU Education Grant program.
  • Clinton Middle School—a $1,400 grant for the purchase of 10 TI-ISPIRE graphing calculators that will help students with the subjects of algebra and geometry.
  • Fairview Elementary School—a $1,800 grant for the purchase of a library 4-station computer which will help students access library materials quickly and efficiently.
  • Woodland Elementary School—a $900 grant for the purchase of three document cameras to project images of objects (books, manipulative, math problems, student work, etc.) into an interactive whiteboard and aid teachers with their instruction in all curriculum areas.
  • Lake City Middle School—a $2,000 grant for the purchase of nonfiction books to improve student literacy skills.
  • South Clinton Elementary School—a $120 grant for the purchase of hands-on science activities; a $100 grant for the purchase of a flip cam to make academic experiences motivating for students; a $300 grant for the purchase of educational iPad applications; a $560 grant to be used for the purchase of organisms and weather refurbishment kits; and a $1,000 grant for the purchase of a digital camera lab to be used as observation and documentation tools.

The awards, based on competitive proposals submitted by the individual schools, were presented by 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 $275,000 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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