In 2008, the Technology Education Foundation (TEF) awarded grants to deserving recipients throughout Southern Wisconsin. Each recipient demonstrated their ability to provide technology exposure for the greater good of our community. Congratulations to Capital Science and Engineering Fair, Cherokee Middle School, Madison Country Day School, MicroExplorers, Simpson Street Free Press, and Watertown Unified School District.
Capital Science and Engineering Fair attracts High School students performing original science, technology, math, or engineering research. Winners at the fair receive prizes and are funded to travel to the 2008 International Science and Engineering Fair in New Mexico. Capital Science and Engineering Fair will use their TEF grant ($1,000) to fund travel and registration for these students.
Cherokee Middle School is a diverse learning community dedicated to providing students with strong curriculum, leadership, and support. Students are expected to use problem solving skills, respect diversity, develop self-confidence, and make a positive contribution to the learning environment. Cherokee will use their TEF grant ($4,000) to purchase Vernier science sensors, interfaces, and software that promotes opportunities for hands-on visual learning.
Madison Country Day School is Dane County’s only non-sectarian, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 school. MCDS provides their students with one of the best college-preparatory educations in the country along with a variety of extra curricular activities and experiences. Madison Country Day School will use their TEF grant ($5,000) to purchase equipment necessary to build the school’s first computer lab.
MicroExplorers uses digital, optical microscopy as a platform for engaging young minds in the areas of science, technology, and discovery-based learning. They plan on working closely with local teachers to design experiments and bring them into classroms to enhance the curriculum. MicroExplorers will use their TEF grant ($6,000) to purchase six laptops and ten digital microscopes to launch their K-12 program.
Simpson Street Free Press is a non-profit organization that employs a teen writing staff who create a newspaper for their peers in the Madison community. The organization’s core curriculum approach builds academic self-confidence in the areas of history, science, geography, career planning, and the arts. Simpson Street Free Press will use their TEF grant ($3,000) to purchase two laptops as well as technology and website management training for students so they can implement their “by kids, for kids” online newspaper.
Watertown Unified School District houses students in grades K-12 and has a mission to promote teaching and learning that fosters the growth of higher order skills and student outcomes relevant to life in the early 21st century and beyond. With the goal to make technology accessible to students anytim, anywhere they have equiped 250 5th grade students with laptops to be used at school and at home. Watertown Unified Scool District will use their TEF grant ($6,400) to fund five laptops, additional memory, and extended services plans to assist in their 1:1 distribution of laptops to their 5th and 6th grade students.
Did you know that 100% of proceeds from the Berbee Derby go to the Madison-based Technology Education Fund (TEF)? The annual Thanksgiving Day event has become a family tradition for many. Fun event for all ages and levels.