In 2011, the Technology Education Foundation (TEF) awarded grants to deserving recipients throughout Southern Wisconsin. Each recipient demonstrated their ability to provide science and/or technology education for the greater good of our community. Congratulations to Capital Science and Engineering Fair, School District of Poynette, RSVP of Dane County, Madison Children’s Museum and Northside Elementary School.
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 2012 International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, PA. Capital Science and Engineering Fair will use their TEF grant ($1,250) to fund travel and awards for these students.
The School District of Poynette; strives to offer 21st century skills to its students. To this end, they plan to introduce the concept of blended classrooms during the 2011/12 school year in which “face to face” lessons are integrated with assignments and research online. An eighth grade communications arts class in the Poynette district will use their TEF grant ($9,923) to purchase 25 computers and a cart so that every student in the classroom has one to one access to a laptop.
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 continue 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 including a Skyping option and an on-line survey for student participants.
The Madison Children’s Museum; is a leader in innovative educational initiatives for children in southern Wisconsin. They plan to use their grant ($6,300) to fund the creation of a LEGO Exhibit Lab for the museum. The LEGO Exhibit Lab was developed through a partnership with BadgerB.O.T.S. and teaches science and technology concepts though LEGO based robotics. The funds will also help fund LEGO lab workshops and summer camps during 2011/12.
Northside Elementary School; is an elementary school in Middleton, WI. which strives to attain a high level of opportunity for its students. Although it is the largest elementary school in the Middleton Cross Plains area it lags behind the other five elementary schools in available technology. The Northside Elementary staff are very eager to integrate SMART Board technology into their curriculum. Northside Elementary will use their TEF grant ($2,730) to purchase six Document Cameras to be used with SMART boards that have been purchased through other fundraising efforts. This will allow teachers to project anything that the camera can “see” onto the boards and further enhance the educational value of the SMART board technology.
Memorial High School; has been working to expand their innovative Aerospace Engineering Program for several years. Memorial will use their grant ($5369.74) to purchase and Aerospace Flight Simulation Station for student use. In addition to enhancing science and technology education for the students, this program seeks to increase the student’s awareness of the many careers available in the aerospace industry.
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 and interpersonal relationships. The school will use their TEF grant ($5394) to purchase two mobile electronic white board systems.
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