Students at two local schools spent the past month patiently awaiting a potential classroom-altering announcement, and last week their patience was rewarded.
ORAU made surprise classroom announcements and presented each a $5,000 grant as runners-up in the 2013 Extreme Classroom Makeover competition. Courtney Batchelor, an eighth-grade teacher at Lake City Middle School in Anderson County, and Kristan Headrick, a sixth-grade teacher at Coalfield School in Morgan County, will use the grants to purchase technology to outfit their classrooms.
Contestants entering ORAU’s competition must teach math or science for third through 11th grade and work for a public school located within 50 miles of Oak Ridge. Additionally, a teacher must submit a short video illustrating the classroom’s need and explain how the new technologies would be used to energize and enhance learning.
Earlier this week, ORAU announced Karla Fultz of A.L. Lotts Elementary School as the 2013 Extreme Classroom Makeover grand-prize winner. Fultz received a $25,000 grant to use toward the purchase of technology for her classroom.
View the winning videos for the Extreme Classroom Makeover competition at http://www.orau.org/center-for-science-education/classroom-makeover/default.aspx.