(AUDUBON) On Wednesday, the third annual Grant Rewarding Educators for Advancing Technology (GREAT) grant was awarded to Audubon Community School 9-12 Science teacher Amanda Knuth.
The winning project was chosen from a total of six applicants based on how well it met the criteria of the grant program. Projects were judged based upon their ability to create global competitors at Audubon Community School through the use of technology and enhance the educational opportunities of Audubon students by increasing their technology awareness and preparedness.
In their proposals, teachers had to describe how their project would not only enhance educational opportunities for students, but also how they would measure the effects of their project on student learning. Teachers also have to be willing to demonstrate and share the effectiveness of their project with peers, project funders and the public.
Dr. Doug Olsen of Audubon Family Chiropractic started the GREAT Grant in the spring of 2011. Dr. Olsen envisions this program expanding to include other businesses and/or individuals so that additional technology projects may be funded in the future at Audubon Community School.
The GREAT grant received donations totaling $1,500 for this year’s grant cycle. The GREAT grant funds this year will allow science students the opportunity to use technology to collect and analyze data during a laboratory lesson. Lab quest technology tools will engage students with hands-on science not only in the classroom but because the device is mobile, it gives the students a unique opportunity to collect data while out in the field.