Butte Education Foundation Awards Grants Spring 2011

The Butte Education Foundation has awarded its grants for spring, 2011. Technology and its ability to engage students appears to be is the main theme of the five grants totaling $9,673 awarded this week.

"Learning 123 with MP3" sponsored by the Margaret Leary Staff was awarded $3,000 to purchase iPods to enhance student learning by minimizing distractions, increasing time on task and augmenting all areas of the curriculum. Student's interest and familiarity with the new high tech MP3 players will encourage participation and interest in the tasks assigned.

Math teachers Amanda Curtis, BHS, and Rita Brown, EMS, collaborated in their application for "A Vision For Learning" Grant. They will receive $1,118 to purchase document cameras to promote interactive teaching in mathematics. The instructors will use the cameras to display student work, model note-taking skills, display and create graphs, demonstrate calculator use, display pictures and math models, and post online lessons.

Numerous extracurricular clubs and groups of teachers and students are taking learning outside the classroom. The BHS Robotics Program, which allows students a chance to broaden their science and technology background by designing, programming and building a robot and then competing with other teams, is doing just that. The BHS Team recently competed in a regional competition and were invited to compete at the WORLDS Competition. They were awarded $1000 toward their WORLD expenses.

Math is also the theme of the grant application of Dawn Rowling and the Math Department at BHS, "NEO 2 Mobile Lab", which received $3,000. NEO 2 technology enables the students to take Accelerated Math quizzes and integrated classroom quizzes to help the teachers quickly assess student performance. The NEO 2 includes quiz design, delivery, automated grading, reporting and analysis.

Finally, Paulette Stanich authored "Yearn to Learn Science" for the students at Hillcrest Elementary. Science will be promoted and learning enriched by combining picture books and hands-on inquiry based science experiments. Students will develop an interest in both science and reading due to the memorable illustrations, adventures, and information presented in each picture book, as well as the engaging science lesson.

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