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MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - Oct 22, 2013
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Schools Receive Science Teaching Tools Awards

In October, the chapter issued Science Teaching Tools (STT) awards to two deserving institutions: McKee Middle School and the Macon County Public School District. Patrick Nelson, principal, McKee Middle School, proudly accepted the STT Award valued at $2,174 to fund the purchase of iPad minis and associated applications for classrooms. Monica Jackson, science instructor and seventh grade Science Department chair, also was present to accept the award and mentioned she is excited to utilize the iPad technology to conduct digital plant and animal dissections to enhance students’ learning and engagement in classroom activities. McKee Middle School currently goes to extra lengths to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related activities available to students, including a Mathematics-Science Partnership with Tuskegee University. This has allowed students the valuable opportunity to utilize engineering and math skills to construct bottle rockets and enter them in a competition hosted at Tuskegee University. Dr. Melvin Lowe, education coordinator, Career and Technical Education Programs, Macon County Public Schools, and Dr. Erinn Floyd, gifted specialist, Special Education Program Department, Macon County Public Schools, accepted an STT Award on behalf of Macon County valued at $2,500. Lowe and Floyd plan to put the funds to use immediately to purchase upgraded LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Kits and supplementary materials to enhance STEM learning in classrooms. Students engaged in the Macon County Robotics program are currently preparing for possible participation in an upcoming B.E.S.T. competition. Macon County’s Career and Technical Center offers students the chance to prepare and gain a competitive edge by working hands-on with a wide variety of tools, including an entire woodshop for constructing the robot frames and state-of-the-art computers for digital computations and metrics. The chapter is proud to support the continued growth and success of these deserving institutions and plans to recognize the schools efforts at an upcoming chapter function.

Event Photographs:

Charisse Stokes (l), director, chapter Education Foundation, presents Patrick Nelson (c), principal, McKee Middle School, and Monica Jackson, science instructor and seventh grade Science Department chair, with a Science Teaching Tools Award in October.
Charisse Stokes (l), director, chapter Education Foundation, presents Patrick Nelson (c), principal, McKee Middle School, and Monica Jackson, science instructor and seventh grade Science Department chair, with a Science Teaching Tools Award in October.
In October, Stokes (c) presents Dr. Melvin Lowe (l) and Dr. Erinn Floyd of Macon County Public School District with a Science Teaching Tools Award valued at $2,500.
In October, Stokes (c) presents Dr. Melvin Lowe (l) and Dr. Erinn Floyd of Macon County Public School District with a Science Teaching Tools Award valued at $2,500.
A student at Macon County’s Career and Technical Education Center works diligently while construction a portion of a robot. The chapter presented Macon County Public School District with a Science Teaching Tools Award in October.
A student at Macon County’s Career and Technical Education Center works diligently while construction a portion of a robot. The chapter presented Macon County Public School District with a Science Teaching Tools Award in October.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Taylor Gardiner
334-314-6763

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