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Local teachers earn STEM grants

Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 9:36 pm

The Science, Technology, Education and TRAINing (STEDTRAIN) Committee of the Huntsville Association of Technical Societies has awarded three Fayetteville-Lincoln County teachers with grants to support a science and technology project in their classrooms or schools during the 2013-2014 school year.

Local winners include Fayetteville Middle School’s Amber Mefford for “Project Social”, a project in which typically developing students in grades fifth through eighth will use research and technology to create video depictions of social interactions within their school to be used to teach students with pragmatic impairments.

Highland Rim School’s Tracy Davis is also a grant winner for the Lego Peer Tutoring program, a project in which teams of seventh and eighth grade students will become proficient users of the LEGO Education WeDO Program. They then will Peer Tutor the intermediate grade level students in an after-school program. Students will problem solve and create devices with Lego Kits and then program the device to perform assigned commands.

Also selected was Lincoln County High School’s Alyssa Simmons for the LCHS Falcon Engineering and Robotics team, an extracurricular activity that gets students involved in engineering and design. They work on tool usage, strategy, design, fabrication, programming and implementation.

According to Ron Hackett at H-STAC software and Web Solutions, there were three proposals submitted from Lincoln County, which is a 100-percent award rate. H-STAC is a service disabled veteran owned business located here in Lincoln County that provides the website design and management services to support the STEDTRAIN program.

The STEDTRAIN program and annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant program provides funding up to $1,000 to an educator for innovative hands-on classroom projects that will stimulate children’s interest in science and technology.

Since the program began in 1988, STEDTRAIN has distributed over $402,960 for 432 individual grants and other worthy educational projects. The grants currently benefit approximately 10,000 students directly and about 20,000 indirectly a year.

The STEDTRAIN Committee will begin accepting proposals for the 2014-15 school year in February 2014. Please check their website at http:///www.stedtrain.org for more information.