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ORAU to Award More Than $27,000 in Education Grants to 10 Anderson County Schools

Aug. 31, 2007

WHAT: Sixth Annual ORAU Education Grants Ceremony

WHEN: Wednesday, September 5, 2007; 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pollard Technology Conference Center Lobby, 210 Badger Ave., Oak Ridge; 865-POLLARD


On September 5, ORAU will award more than $27,000 in grants to teachers from Anderson County Schools for a variety of education programs—from a portable science lab bringing hands-on science and math experience to third- through fifth-graders to a classroom set of Global Positioning System devices to demonstrate to students real-world applications of science, mathematics and geography.

Since 2002—the beginning of the ORAU Education Grants Program—ORAU has been able to provide nearly $150,000 to Anderson County Schools for projects that complement ORAU’s own mission of enriching science, technology, and mathematics education programs.

Norris Elementary children look for wildlife in the wetlands

Students from Norris Elementary School find signs of box turtles at the school’s wetlands project, which was funded in part by ORAU though the 2006 Education Grants Program. Pictured left to right, Kyle Birdwell, Ole Salem, Cameron Strohl and Noah Malicoat are tracking the growth of the wetlands by noting which local species it attracts through recognizing foot prints, droppings and other methods. High-resolution version of photo.

This year, the following Anderson County Schools are receiving grants from ORAU:

  • Anderson County High School is receiving two grants. One award will go towards laboratory equipment for the science department, and the other will provide supplies to support the school’s Freshman Academy.
  • Andersonville Elementary School is receiving a grant to buy Science and Technology for Children learning kits and a projection system.
  • Clinton High School is being awarded funds to purchase a human cadaver for the school’s anatomy and physiology program.
  • Dutch Valley Elementary School is receiving an award towards the purchase of Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading™ science and literacy kits for students in pre-K through fifth grade.
  • Grand Oaks Elementary School is receiving a grant providing supplies for a portable science lab that is shared by grades three through five.
  • Jefferson Middle School is receiving funds for a classroom set of Global Positioning System devices and training manuals for the seventh grade geography class.
  • Lake City Middle School is receiving a grant for computers in order to incorporate the Linking Math and Technology program. The school is also receiving a grant to fund the purchase of an Edventures Robotics Challenge program.
  • Norwood Elementary School is receiving a grant to enhance the school’s science laboratory including replenishing existing lab kits and a new laptop computer.
  • Willow Brook Elementary School is being awarded funds to buy new projection systems for the K-4 grade levels.
  • Woodland Elementary School is being awarded a grant towards the continuation of a garden project for kindergarteners.

Teachers will receive grant checks during the ceremony and refreshments will be served afterward.

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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