Use of Information Technology in Education Award
NOTE: Deadline for submission is December 30,2013
CLICK HERE to submit an online nomination.
CLICK HERE for a printable nomination form.
The AFCEA Education Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Chapter award for the "Use of Information Technology in Education." Nominations for this award are due each year in early December. The winning Chapter is determined at the Foundation's Board of Director's meeting in February and the award will be presented at Transformation Warfare.
Eligibility and directions for submitting a nomination are described in detail on the print-only form above.
Greater Omaha Chapter and Hampton Roads Chapter
Two AFCEA Chapters received the "Use of IT in Education" Award at the Joint Warfighting Conference, Virginia Beach, in May. Each received a $1,000 check and commemorative banner during the Awards Luncheon.
The Hampton Roads Chapter was recognized for its creative and successful partnership with SAIC to award additional STEM Teaching Tool grants. One grant supported the STEM Robotics Compeittion (SRC), a program for 5th graders to high school seniors, regardless of their financial capability to pay. The SRC program includes a city-wide after-school program with 12 students from each of 9 different high school programs, and after-school programs for 2 elementary and 2 middle schools in Virginia Beach with 10-12 students members at each location. More than 150 students from Virginia Beach schools participated in SRC during the school year.
The Hawaii Chapter supports the Hawaii State Science Olympiad (HSSO), a science-education non-profit organization that runs Science Olympiad programs for elementary, middle and high school students in public, private, charter and home schools across the State of Hawaii. One of the core purposes of the HSSO is to help create connections between students in schools and members of Hawaii’s thriving science and technology industry. The Chapter's support resulted in over 40% growth in teams participating, with many of the new students from Title I classified schools. Chapter members served as STEM mentors and role models to students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Additionally, 20 Young AFCEAns supported the regional and final tournaments.
Two AFCEA Chapters received the "Use of IT in Education" Award at the Joint Warfighting Conference, Virginia Beach, in May. The $1,000 check and commemorative banner were presented during the Awards Luncheon.
The Belvoir Chapter adopted the Fort Belvoir Elementary School, the only Fairfax County Public School located on a military installation, with ninety-six percent of its students coming from military families. The school has approximately 1,200 students and nearly 150 staff members. The chapter provided approximately $60,000 to support various IT efforts at the school, and the Young AFCEANS initiated a Student Mentor Program. The funds allowed the purchase of SMARTBOARDS for all 75 classrooms, as well as digital cameras, IPADS, Science Kits, and software. The Chapter supported Family day at Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum in the spring by funding transportation arrangements for students and families from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. Chapter President, Alvie Johnson, and Bill Jones, VP for Education, accepted the award on behalf of the Chapter.
In an effort to energize local high school students to participate in team robotics programs, the Scott-St. Louis Chapter launched a robotics team challenge in the Southern Illinois area to create healthy competition with Missouri programs that span the state and further enhance the student body's technology base. Phase one established one team at Collinsville Christian Academy in support of FIRST® robotics with the goal of mentoring and preparing the team for participation in FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®), one of four robotics programs offered by FIRST®. Phase two includes plans to field a total of ten teams for competition. Chapter president John Rogers accepted the award on behalf of the Chapter.
Three AFCEA Chapters were nominated for the "Use of IT in Education" Award. Representatives from each Chapter received a $1,000 check and commemorative banner at the Joint Warfighting Conference, Virginia Beach, in May.
The Argentina Chapter was commended for their continued support of approximately 1,200 Military High School students in Lyceums - six from the Army, two from the Navy, one from the Air Force and another institute, with a short course aimed at increasing their basic knowledge in the area of Communications and Computers.
The Central Maryland Chapter was recognized for their Adopt-A-School program. Started in 2005 with Chapter Initiatives grant support for one high school, the program has expanded to sixteen schools, including eleven high schools, 3 middle schools, and 2 elementary schools. In addition to supporting these schools monetarily, Chapter members provide mentoring support in engineering, security, and business disciplines based upon the needs of each school.
The San Diego Chapter again was honored for its work with after-school Robotics programs. Established at 3 senior high and 3 middle schools in the greater San Diego area, students bring different views of Robotics to their experience and show a creative ability to involve nearly the whole student body in their vision. Goals include the ability to intelligently design, program and remotely control robots to perform designated tasks in a competition. Chapter members oversee a compelling use and maximum involvement of IT principles - in communications, control, and networking of all sensor and motor devices. The programs also have the scope to involve a very wide range of interests into a team building and learning game.
The San Diego Chapter was nominated for the "Use of IT in Education" Award. The Chapter President, Ms. Shirley Adams, received a $1,000 check and commemorative banner on behalf of the Chapter at the Joint Warfighting Conference, Virginia Beach, in May.
Since their initial efforts six years ago, the Technology Needed in Schools (TNS) Committee of the Education Committee of the San Diego Chapter has maintained an ongoing liaison with San Diego area school districts and the San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF) to identify those schools most in need of computers for instruction. On a quarterly basis, chapter TNS volunteers configure, install, and test refurbished computers provided by SDFF, in area schools. The computers are set up and configured in a client/server network by the volunteers who provide the labor and materials to complete the projects. Over 50 schools throughout the San Diego region have been supported with over 1,000 PCs - most provided through donations from the SDFF.
Two AFCEA Chapters were nominated for the "Use of IT in Education" Award. Representatives from each Chapter received a $1,000 check and commemorative banner at the Joint Warfighting Conference, Virginia Beach, in June.
The Argentina Chapter's strong record of community involvement continued with the development and support for high schools and military schools in Buenos Aires with an educational program on IT security issues titled, “Basic Concepts on Tele-communications and Computers”.
The Northern Virginia Chapter was recognized for a partnership initiative with the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), CIO’s office, and the Smithsonian Institute. Utilizing state-of-the-art technologies, the FCPS premier and award winning, Fairfax Network and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center (NASM) successfully developed a four part series of Electronic Field Trips (EFT) designed to capture the interest of children in grades 4-8. Using interactive media, the project involved a 4-part series of EFTs that examined scientific, technological and historical aspects of topics such as the principals of flight, the space program, and the impact of aviation in the military and commercial realm.
Two AFCEA Chapters were nominated again this year for the Educational Foundation's award for the "Use of Information Technology in Education." Both Chapters were found by the Foundation's Board of Directors to be well qualified to receive consecutive awards. LTG John A. Dubia, USA (Ret.), Executive Vice President, AFCEA International, presented the Argentina Chapter's award during a visit to Buenos Aires in April.
The San Diego Chapter award was presented in June at the Transformation Warfare Convention in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The prize for each chapter is $1,000 and a commemorative banner.
Two AFCEA Chapters were nominated for the Educational Foundation's award for the "Use of Information Technology in Education." Both Chapters impressed the Foundation's Board of Directors with programs having strong community impact and ongoing commitment. Representatives from each Chapter attended TechNet in June and received the $1,000 prize and commemorative banner.
The Argentine Chapter successfully established ties within the greater Argentine IT community by expanding its programs offering professional development classes to military, government and industry professionals in Buenos Aires and throughout South America.
The San Diego Chapter's Targeting Needy Schools (TNS) Initiative augments the efforts of local school districts to improve their schools' information technology infrastructure. Over the past three years, more than 12 schools have received support with over 600 PCs - provided through donations from the San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF), with whom the Chapter has formed a strategic alliance to more effectively support bridging the digital divide.
The Argentina Chapter plans to build a computer classroom to offer professional development courses to individuals in military, government, and industry in Buenos Aires. So far, the chapter has been using a local classroom borrowed from the Argentinean Army at times when it is not otherwise occupied to hold such classes. These classes were co-sponsored by a local corporation and gave great visibility to AFCEA Argentina’s program.
The Fort Monmouth Chapter has been serving the local Boy Scouts of America’s Forestburgh Scout Reservation High Technology Training Center for the past seven years by providing funds for classroom instruction, the purchase of radios, computers, tools, test equipment, and other information technology teaching aids. In the last year alone, the Chapter has served over 1,400 Scouts with an amateur radio licensing project, assisting with the merit badge subjects of electricity, electronics, radio, atomic energy, computers and space exploration.
The Rocky Mountain Chapter helped sponsor the creation of the “Infinity Project” at the Colorado Springs Christian School in Colorado Springs, a national science-based engineering and technology education initiative that helps educators deliver maximum exposure to engineering at the High School level. The chapter purchased Infinity Project Technology Kits, which included eleven new personal computers that gave students a hands-on opportunity to perform engineering design and experimentation on high-tech topics including the Internet, wireless communications, digital imaging and audio processing.
Please direct questions to Casmere Kistner at CKistner@afcea.org or by phone at 703-631-6147.
NOTE: Deadline for submission is December 30, 2013
CLICK HERE to submit an online nomination.
CLICK HERE for a printable nomination form.