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ORAU awards $39,000 in Education Grants to area teachers

Educators attended a recognition ceremony and received new technology and STEM teaching tools

September 19, 2016

2016 ORAU Education Grant winners

2016 ORAU Education Grants winners. Click image for high resolution version.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU recently awarded teachers from 12 East Tennessee schools with more than $39,000 worth of equipment and materials during the 15th annual ORAU Education Grants ceremony, held in ORAU’s Center for Science Education. Since the program’s beginning in 2002, ORAU has provided more than $451,000 to area schools to fund educational projects that complement its mission of enriching science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

Educational materials and equipment purchased with the grant monies—such as Chromebooks, microscopes, robotics kits and more—will help teachers continue to meet state-wide curriculum standards and enhance the learning experience of their students in STEM subjects.

“ORAU is proud to support Anderson County by helping its schools obtain the proper tools needed to interest and inspire students in STEM subjects,” ORAU President and CEO Andy Page said. “These educators continually impress us with their drive and dedication for student success.”

As the largest grant recipient, Dutch Valley Elementary School received $6,800 worth of equipment and materials including six Chromebooks and a mathematics bundle to help improve students’ basic math skills; materials to make mobile math manipulative stations for an engaging way to learn and practice math skills while promoting collaboration; and 75 Boogie Board writing tablets to be used as a teaching tool for whole-group math instruction in kindergarten classes.

The second largest grant, worth $4,755, was presented to North Clinton Elementary School for hands-on math materials to help students learn the process of measurement; materials to create a sensory research discovery station to be used by all kindergarten students; STEM journals, math kits and STEM learning labs to be used to enhance integration of more science and math into the current curriculum; and a variety of math and science library books to help students develop research and communications skills.

The other grant winners were:

  • Anderson County Career and Technical Center —five Chromebooks and cases used to provide at-risk students with accessible technology to complete school assignments off-campus ($1,800 value).
  • Anderson County High School —15 Lenovo tablets to connect students to other cultures using museum tours and language applications ($2,600 value).
  • Briceville Elementary School —six Chromebooks, headphones and splitters to allow students to collaborate in small groups during related art classes ($2,300 value).
  • Claxton Elementary School —Math and Movement materials to help students use physical exercise and visual learning to practice math skills ($3,100 value).
  • Clinton Elementary School —eight Elementary Inclined Microscopes to allow students to see real-world objects from a different perspective and a variety of STEM materials to be used in a year-long lesson called A Year of STEM ($3,000 value).
  • Clinton Middle School —eight Chromebooks to use with Google Classrooms—a paperless environment where teachers and students can communicate and share documents ($2,800 value).
  • Grand Oaks Elementary School —a variety of materials for students to build interest in STEM subjects starting at a young age ($760 value).
  • Linden Elementary School —a set of robots to teach students about the art of programming and coding and to participate in “An Hour of Code,” a worldwide movement celebrating the teaching of coding and programming ($3,500 value).
  • Norris Middle School —a variety of STEM products including robotics materials, simple circuit kits and programming lessons to help students discover the art of programing and accommodate learning at all levels in various classrooms ($4,650 value).
  • South Clinton Elementary School —10 Chromebooks to be used by students in the second grade and painted lady butterfly eggs and culture to use in a physical and life science lesson for all first grade students ($3,125 value).

The awards, based on competitive proposals submitted by the individual schools, were presented by ORAU’s President and CEO Andy Page and Executive Vice President Eric Abelquist.

For more information about this and other ORAU–supported programs in education, visit the ORAU Community Involvement 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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