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2011 Extreme Classroom Makeover Viewers’ Choice Award

A.L. Lotts teacher Fultz wins $1,000 prize in first year of competition decided by audience votes

May 6, 2011

Karla Fultz and students at A.L. Lotts Elementary

Karla Fultz and her students at A.L. Lotts Elementary celebrate winning the Viewer’s Choice Award in the 2011 Extreme Classroom Makeover Competition. Click image to enlarge.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities awarded fifth-grade A. L. Lotts Elementary School Teacher Karla Fultz a $1,000 grant for the purchase of classroom technology after she became the first-ever winner of the Viewers’ Choice award in the 2011 ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover competition.

Contestants entering ORAU’s competition are required to meet specific criteria. They must teach math or science for 5th-8th grade 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.

Last week, ORAU announced Herman Sutton of Green Magnet Math and Science Academy as the 2011 Extreme Classroom Makeover grand-prize winner. Sutton received a $25,000 grant to use toward the purchase of technology for his classroom.

While the grand-prize winner and two runners-up were chosen by the ORAU board of directors, this year was the first time the competition was extended to allow the public to vote on their favorite video. Fultz won the Viewers’ Choice award with 3,429 votes.

View the winning videos at the Extreme Classroom Makeover video page.

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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