In 2010, 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, Lincoln Elementary School, RSVP of Dane County, Information Technology Academy, Abraham Lincoln Accelerated Learning Academy, Glenn Stephens Elementary School and the Fitchburg Public Library.
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 2011 International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California. Capital Science and Engineering Fair will use their TEF grant ($1,250) to fund travel and awards for these students.
Midvale-Lincoln Elementary School educates a diverse learning community on Madison’s south side. It is paired with Midvale Elementary School and enrolls children in the 3rd through 5th grade. Lincoln will use their TEF grant ($4439.44) to purchase a Playaway collection for young readers. Playaways are mp3 players that have digital audio books preloaded. This technology will allow Lincoln Elementary School to increase student motivation to read and hopefully improve comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.
RSVP of Dane County is dedicated to making a positive impact in the community by recruiting volunteers 55 and older to help deliver priority services to people of all ages. RSVP plans to use their grant ($5,000) to expand their Computer Buddies program which seeks to foster meaningful relationships between elementary students and older adults in Dane County. The funds will allow RSVP to bring Computer Buddies to 2-3 schools/neighborhood centers and develop materials for the program.
The UW-DoIT Information Technology Academy (ITA) is a unique 4-year pre-college technology access and training program for under-served minority and low-income students residing in the Madison area. ITA’s dual purpose is to increase the number of students of color interested and prepared to assume careers in information technology, and to prepare these students for competitive University admissions through our academic curriculum. The Information Technology Academy will use their TEF grant ($5,500) to fund their 2011 Silicon Valley Study Trip to learn about the nation’s most prominent technology companies.
Abraham Lincoln Accelerated Learning Academy is an elementary school in Monroe, WI. which educates approximately 260 students in grades PreK through five. Approximately 50% of their students are receiving free or reduced lunch assistance. ALALA will use their TEF grant ($2,000) to purchase five classroom sets of 30 student responders with infrared receivers and supportive software. Use of these handheld remote responders will support classroom instruction while providing students with alternative ways to enhance their learning.
Glenn Stephens Elementary School is a large public elementary school located on Madison’s west side. It serves over 500 students in grades K-5. The mission of Glenn Stephens School is to engage all students in a developmentally appropriate and meaningful curriculum that leads to success in learning, behavior and interpersonal relationships. The school will use their TEF grant ($7,200) to purchase three portable document presentation stations to be used by paired grades (K/1, 2/3, 4/5) to enrich classroom learning.
The Fitchburg Public Library is set to open in July of 2011. The library will encourage life-long learning through a multi-generational facility that is accessible to all and integrates sustainable techniques, quality design and the best technologies in library science. The TEF will support new technology for the library with a donation of $10,000.
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.
The Berbee Derby celebrated their 20 year anniversary this Thanksgiving — which was its final year of the annual event.