Picture of the 2016 NDIA Grant winners.

National Defense Industrial Association Awards ACCELerator Grants

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Gulf Coast Chapter recently awarded ACCELerator Grants to eighteen Okaloosa County teachers who are taking an active role in encouraging Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in the classroom.

The focus of this program is to foster enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math in our local school children. The program seeks to accomplish this by offering grants up to $1000 to local school teachers and tax- exempt/non-profit organizations who successfully propose projects or programs which demonstrate creativity and innovation in teaching and encouraging an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

The awards were presented during the 2016 NDIA Symposium Social held at the Air Armament Museum. Congratulations to this year's winners:

  • Dawn Pack, Destin ES – Rocket Kits
  • Michelle Cook, Bruner MS – Lego Windstorm Sets
  • Kathy Morris, Davidson MS – Geoode
  • Amelia Garrett, Eglin ES – KNEX for circuits
  • Scarlett Brock, Ruckel MS – Air Power Rockets
  • Michele Stockton, Davidson MS – Equipment for measure, build and track
  • Denise Richardson, Plew ES – KNEX Structures Bridges
  • Jennifer Calderone, Kenwood ES – SCI Quest STEM Kits
  • Wendy Joiner, Longwood ES – Hidden Woods – Life Sciences
  • Trisha Mikel-Allen, Choctawhatchee HS – Mechanical Human Body
  • Karen Osborn, Kenwood ES – iPads
  • Rick Hernandez, Niceville HS – Marine Environmental Study
  • Karen Blaise, Meigs MS – Planetarium Model
  • Claire Erk, Bluewater ES – 3-D Printer/Cronbook
  • Linda Crane, Northwest FL Ballet – Electric Current Kit Book
  • Katherine Stephens, Bluewater ES – iPads
  • Christi Leadmon, Northwood Arts/Science Academy – iPads
  • Masami Lewis, Liza Jackson Preparatory School – Bioxels

To see a photo gallery of the event, visit the OCSD Facebook page.