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June 5, 2012

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Lewiston school awarded $10,000 makeover grant; Mini Grants also awarded

IDAHO FALLS – Jenifer Junior High School’s physical science laboratory soon will be filled with spectrum tubes, pulleys, a forensic chemistry kit and other equipment needed for hands-on experiments. The Lewiston school was selected to receive Idaho National Laboratory’s $10,000 Extreme Classroom Makeover Grant.

INL also has awarded several Mini Grants to Idaho K-12 teachers to bolster science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. These grants, worth up to $1,000 each, can be used to purchase equipment and materials for classrooms.

This year’s Mini Grant recipients are:

Idaho Falls/eastern Idaho
Jhanyce Acosta of Eagle Rock Junior High School in Idaho Falls received $226 to buy iPad cover cases and an app to help students learn Spanish.
Karen Anderson of Sunnyside Elementary School in Idaho Falls received $998 to buy iPads to help students learn math and to read.
Malane Anderson of Linden Park Elementary School in Idaho Falls received $577 to buy a document camera that can be used with a SMARTboard.
Kim B. Bishop of Harwood Elementary School in Rigby received $876 to purchase iPads so students can create “mathcasts” or video tutorials.
Teresa Call of Riverview Elementary School in Shelley received $998 to buy iPads to help teach math and science.
Amy Clark of Westside Elementary School in Idaho Falls received $998 to buy two iPads students can use for a zoo animal research project.
Christine Davis of Woodland Hill Elementary School in Idaho Falls received $1,000 to purchase five Kindle Fire tablets for her class.
Megan Gaz of Victor Elementary School received $958 to buy science books for her second-grade class.
Angela Gillman of Westside Elementary School in Idaho Falls received $998 to buy iPads to teach math and other subjects.
Miles Hurley of Idaho Falls High School received $1,000 to purchase VEX robotic equipment.
Michelle Lawrence of Temple View Elementary School in Idaho Falls received $584 to buy a digital projector for her classroom.
Shane Matson of Leadore School received $720 to purchase equipment so his students can design, test and race hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Michelle McGarry of Holy Rosary School in Idaho Falls received $983 for a new video camera that will allow students to interact with a classroom in Belize and a camera that connects to a microscope.
Amy McMullen of Fox Hollow Elementary School in Idaho Falls received $843 to buy four Nook tablets to help students with reading.
Krista Ramacher of Arco Elementary School received $1,000 for books, models and equipment for a project on bats at Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Jeanette Stander of Rockford Elementary School in Blackfoot received $820 to purchase equipment for an interactive whiteboard.
Katena Swank of Challis Junior/Senior High School received $1,000 to purchase new computers that can be used for multiple science projects.
Valerie Waite of Roberts Elementary School received $798 to purchase iPads for math and science lessons.
Dale Walker of Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls received $1,000 to purchase a graphing interface with sensor probes.
David Warmbier of Hope Lutheran School in Idaho Falls received $999 to purchase LEGO robotic supplies for a technology class.
Peggy Welsh of I.T. Stoddard Elementary School in Blackfoot received $912 to buy a document camera and digital projector.

Pocatello/southeast Idaho
Kade Erickson of Marsh Valley Middle School in Arimo received $1,000 to purchase an educational, interactive news program.
John R. Lee of The Academy at Roosevelt Center in Pocatello received $1,000 to purchase laboratory glassware.
Kathy Schatz of Greenacres Elementary School in Pocatello received $1,000 to purchase supplies for a project on waste, composting and gardening.
Carri Thomason of Pocatello Community Charter School received $978 to buy supplies to support a multiyear project in which students study the health of the Portneuf River.
Tracy Ward of Malad Middle School received $1,000 to purchase an interactive Discovery Science Techbook.
 
Boise/Treasure Valley
Melissa Avery of Eagle Middle School received $985 to buy iPods and other equipment for a science classroom.
Amy Birch of Mary McPherson Elementary School in Meridian received $576 for rockers and head phones to use with iPads for a lesson on a science secret mission.
Mike Holloway at Basin Elementary School in Idaho City received $834 for an iPad for an Outdoor Science Education and Beyond class.
Caroline Reese of Meridian Academy received $980 to purchase a subscription to an online math tutorial program.
John Rosato of Lowell Scott Middle School in Meridian was awarded $1,000 to expand the school’s Digital Science Learning Laboratory.
Lynnea Shafter of Heritage Middle School in Meridian received $942 to purchase probes and other equipment needed for data collection.
Joannah Shoushtarian of Galileo Math and Science Magnet School in Meridian received $911 to purchase two iPads to improve math instruction.
Seth Stallcop of Legacy Charter School in Nampa received $1,000 to purchase equipment for a technology integration project.
John Stegmaier of Mountain View High School in Meridian received $1,000 to purchase iPads for his chemistry class.
Kellie Taylor of Galileo Math and Science School in Eagle received $998 for LEGO robotics gear.

North Idaho
Lisa Hoffman of Ramsey Magnet School of Science in Coeur d’Alene received $774 to purchase three iPod touches to help students with reading and math.
Eric Mann at Sandpoint High School received $493 to purchase a high-speed camera for crash test analysis.
Becky Smith of Lakes Magnet Middle School in Coeur d’Alene received $935 to purchase GPS navigators.

Lewiston/Moscow
Darbie Duclos of Prairie Junior/Senior High School in Cottonwood received $999 for equipment for a land surveying project.
Bernadette Edwards of Grangeville Middle School received $1,000 to purchase new computers for her technology classroom.
Jeremy Feucht of Jenifer Junior High School in Lewiston received $999 to purchase a VEX robotics kit.
Tracy Hoffmeister of Moscow Charter School received $1,000 for a SMARTboard for the school’s STEM resource room.
Vernie Kushlan of Cascade Junior/Senior High School received $1,000 to buy solar kits, magnets, boiler and other science lab equipment.
Gary Lam of Potlatch Elementary School received $930 for equipment for classroom aqua-ponics project. 

Twin Falls/Magic Valley
T.J. Adams of Vera C. O’Leary Middle School in Twin Falls received $652 to buy a life-size human torso for anatomy lessons.
Jason Nance of Declo High School received $962.93 to purchase graphing calculators.
Peggy Thomas of Popplewell Elementary School in Buhl received $996 to buy an iPad and projector for her classroom.

Funding for INL’s Mini Grant and Extreme Classroom Makeover Grant programs comes from Battelle Energy Alliance, a nonprofit organization that operates the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Since 2006, Battelle has committed more than $3 million to support K-12 STEM education in Idaho.

INL is one of the DOE's 10 multiprogram national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of the strategic goal areas of DOE: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation's leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

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