National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Gulf Coast Chapter Awards ACCELerator Grants

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Gulf Coast Chapter recently awarded ACCELerator Grants to twenty 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 2015 NDIA Symposium Social held at the Air Armament Museum.

To see a photo gallery of the event, click here.

Congratulations to all of the winners:




Teacher School Project 
Scarlett Brock Ruckel MS CO2 Dragster kits
Kathy Morris Davidson MS Rocking with Rockets
T. Mikel-Allen Choctawhatchee HS Supplies for human body lab
Dawn Pack Destin MS Microscopes-Infinity/Beyond
Ben Shurman Niceville HS Build & Demo Robot
Amelia Garrett Eglin ES K-NEX for bridges/mini IPAD
Laurie Allen Shoal River MS Buy 10 robot Battery packs
Jennifer Calderone Kenwood ES Soaring to success
Richard Hernandez Niceville HS Support Scuba Div-NaGISA/ARMS
Linda Crane NW Fl Ballet Acad -EL level iPads for Math/science
Alison Hunt Davidson MS STEM kits for Science
Stacy Burlison Baker MS/HS 9 drone kits w/cameras
Patricia Cove Mary Esther ES Buy number lines
Lisa Moulton Mary Esther ES Implement Robotic school wide
Sharon C.  Richardson Davidson MS Mousetrap car kits
Beth Anderson  Bruner MS 3-D printer for reading 
Ellen Gilmer Eglin ES 5 Chromebooks for STEM Girls 
Karen Osborn Kenwood ES iPads-design teams
Christi Leadmon(#1) Northwood Arts Acad(EL) Hot Dots for Science & Math
Carol Szklarski Ruckel MS Creative Lab Equipment