NDIA Gulf Coast Chapter Awards ACCELerator Grants

From Rocket Kits to Rollercoaster Dynamics to Shore Marine Life, twenty-three Okaloosa County educators were recently selected to receive an ACCELerator Grant from the Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association for the 2013-2014 school year. 

The purpose of the ACCELerator Grants program is to foster enthusiasm for math and science in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties.  The program offers grants of up to $1000 to school teachers and tax-exempt or other non-profit organizations who propose winning classroom projects or programs which demonstrate creativity and innovation in teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to students.

The ACCELerator Grants program began in 2007 when the Gulf Coast Chapter recognized that they needed an avenue to deliver more funds to STEM education on a regular basis and directly distributes funds to STEM projects going beyond the normal boundaries of public education,”

Congratulations to all of the Okaloosa County School District ACCELerator Grant Recipients:

Bruner Jr. Middle School, Angelica Jackson – Rollercoaster Dynamics
Bruner Jr. Middle School, Ashley Brown – Robotics Competition
Bruner Jr. Middle School, Michelle Cook – Lego Robots
Choctawhatchee High School, Trisha Mikel – Building the Human Body
Davidson Middle School, Sharon Richardson – 8 Multimeters
Davidson Middle School, Kathy Morris – Rocket Kits
Davidson Middle School, Cynthia Bratton – Energy devices (CPO’s)
District, Patti Bonezzi – Robotics Competition
Edwins Fine and Performing Arts School, Sharron Harkins – Rocket Kits (Shooting for the Stars)
Elliott Point Elementary School, Amelia Garrett – Rocket Kits
Elliott Point Elementary School, Jennifer Netro – Building Bridges Kits
Kenwood Elementary School, Keri Labianca – 3 Mini iPads
Mary Esther Elementary School, Patricia Cave – 45 Child Books
Meigs Middle School, Sally King – 12 Simple Machine Sets
Niceville High School, Richard Hernandez – Shore Marine Life
OCSD STEMM Center, Shawnea Tallmann – Air Up There
OCSD STEMM Center, Rob Jernigan – Green Robots
Plew Elementary School, Jill Ross – 8 Robotic Sets
Pryor Middle School, Joe Jannazo – Mission Control Run
Pryor Middle School, Mary Drew  – IPAS & APS
Ruckel Middle School, Carol Szklarski – Life Science Lab Equipment
Shalimar Elementary School, Linda Crane – 3 Mini iPads
Walker Elementary School, Sandra Robinson – Math Games

For more information on the application process, visit the NDIA Gulf Coast Chapter web site at http://www.ndiagulfcoast.com/To see a report from the teacher's from last year's grants, click here.

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