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ORAU Announces South Clinton Elementary as Winner of Center for Science Education Prize

March 16, 2009

ORAU Director of Science Education Programs Wayne Stevenson, elementary school teacher Sandy Buttrum, and her daughter Keely Buttrum

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Elementary School teacher Sandy Buttrum (pictured above, middle), and her daughter Keely Buttrum (pictured above, right), accepted on behalf of South Clinton Elementary School a digital camera presented by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Director of Science Education Programs Wayne Stevenson.

The prize was awarded to the school as result of a series of education-focused door prizes as a part of the grand opening of ORAU’s Center for Science Education. The 73,000-square-foot facility is home to a variety of programs, as well as an interactive, technology-rich classroom, that seeks to transform traditional classroom instruction by utilizing new technologies and new ways of learning to excite and cultivate the next generation of scientists and engineers.

ORAU’s Center for Science Education is currently accepting applications for local teachers to compete for an extreme classroom makeover. Beyond the competition, the center is also offering an instructional technology series, which informs school educators ways in which they can incorporate a variety of technology-based items in the classroom, including SMART Boards, student response systems (clickers), digital cameras, video cameras and GPS.

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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