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ORAU Awards two Knox County teachers with $5,000 Extreme Classroom Makeover Grants

Northshore Elementary and Karns High School are runners-up in the ORAU competition

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April 10, 2015
FY15-28

Karns High School received a $5,000 grant to outfit their classroom with the latest educational technology.

Students and teachers at Karns High School (above) and Northshore Elementary School (below) were surprised by ORAU, which made visits to the schools and presented each a $5,000 grant as runners-up in the 2015 ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover competition.

Northshore Elementary School received a $5,000 grant to outfit their classroom with the latest educational technology.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Students and teachers at two Knox County schools were surprised by ORAU, which made visits to the schools and presented each a $5,000 grant as runners-up in the 2015 ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover competition.

Andrea Veler (pictured bottom), a science teacher at Northshore Elementary School, and Joann LaPointe (pictured top), a math teacher at Karns High School, who also received an additional $1,000 as the Viewers’ Choice winner, will use the grants to outfit their classrooms with new technology.

Contestants entering ORAU’s competition must teach math or science for third through eleventh grades and work for a public school located within 50 miles of Oak Ridge. Additionally, a teacher must submit a short video illustrating the classroom’s need and explain how the new technologies would be used to energize and enhance learning.

Earlier this week, ORAU announced Charlie Arp of Brown Intermediate School, in Sweetwater, Tenn., as the 2015 ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover grand-prize winner. Arp received a $25,000 grant to use toward the purchase of technology for his classroom.

View the winning videos for the Extreme Classroom Makeover competition at http://orau.org/center-for-science-education/classroom-makeover/default.aspx.

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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