BEF Awards Fall 2013 Grants Thursday, December 19, 2013 Saturday, December 19, 2099

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"Harness the Wind," sponsored by BHS Math Teacher Amanda Curtis, was awarded $310.10 to purchase the necessary equipment for
students to design, build, and test wind turbine models.  This project will engage students in a real-world engineering project in which they will experiment with inclination, number, placement and surface area of the blades in order to maximize voltage.  It represents Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in a hands on environment in the classroom.

East Middle School Teachers Theo Davis and Karla Perala collaborated in their application titled "Lights, Camera, Reading and Writing."  They will receive $1708.00 to enhance student experience in Reading and English through the use of document cameras.  Technology today encourages active engagement in the classroom between students and teachers and the document cameras will allow teachers to better meet the needs of students by incorporating visual aids with each lesson.  Not only will the cameras aid in direct student instruction but will also be used by students to display and share their work will the class thus increasing student communication skills necessary for future success.

Elementary School Reading Teachers: Beth Shaw, Kacey Queer, and Tammy Murray, have united in writing their grant "Ear-Resistible Readers" and have been awarded $2736.30.  The Ear-Resistible Readers project is designed to enhance the reading curriculum with
current technology devices called "Playaways."  These digital audio devices will introduce students to books above their reading level, model good interpretative reading, and teach critical listening skills which are aligned with the Common Core.  All students in grades 2nd through 6th will have access to the "Playaways" which will also present a variety of different literature and reading genres to meet the interest of all students

What kids don't like robots?  For those interested at East Middle School a new First Lego League Robotics Team is forming under the direction of Jennifer Nardiello with the help of a $1000 grant.  First Lego League, a national corporation, organizes lego robot competitions at the state and national level.  Teams must design, build, and program a robot to accomplish tasks and missions dictated by First Lego League.  Tasks, missions, and subject matter changes every year to maintain a fair competition and also to require participants to learn about a different subject matter.  Participants learn not only technical skills but also teamwork, problem solving, and communication skills.

And finally, the Butte School District, in conjunction with St. James Healthcare, Community Health, and Mile High Nordic Ski Club have been granted $1200.00 to sponsor a cross-country ski day for all 3rd grade students in the district.  Students from all elementary schools will be bused to the Homestake Nordic Ski Area, provided rental skis, given instruction, and then allowed to spend a day skiing.  Exercise is imperative to a healthy life and this will introduce students to a new activity that can be enjoyed for a life-time.

The Butte Education Foundation awards grants every spring and fall to teachers in the public schools of Butte and Silver Bow County.