Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Five GCS Teachers Win Innovation GrantPublic Education Partners and Verizon awarded $10,000 to five Greenville County high school teachers. Each teacher will receive approximately $2000 to fund a specific project.

The projects are centered on STEM related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The grants awarded encourage student collaboration and have real world applications.

The 2015 Innovative Teaching Grants were awarded at an event celebrating first year teachers at Michelin on Main in downtown Greenville. All first year teachers were invited to attend this networking event.

Emily Annas, Blue Ridge High School
Growing Green
This grant will fund raised beds and an aquaponic garden. The beds will support student experiments on vegetable production in a variety of growing conditions.

Jay Balz, Greenville High School
Broadcast Media and Technology Project
The grant will purchase multiple pieces of equipment for the GTV Production Lab which produces the daily news at Greenville High School. The goal is to develop industry ready skills in writing, public speaking, media design, filmmaking and technology,

Marci Cecere, Mauldin High School
“The Engineering Design Process”
This grant will fund the purchase of a 3D printer, software and color filaments.
Students will work in teams using a prescribed engineering design process to create and build toys.

Chris Beyerly, JL Mann High School
MARS Base Challenge 3D Design
This grant will fund the purchase of a 3D printer and supplies. Student groups will research the environmental conditions on Mars and design a 3D prototype of a base building that supports human life.

Doug Adomatis, Greenville Technical Charter High School
Lunar Planet Growth Chambers
The grant will fund a variety of tools (grow lamps, straight edges, 3D printer kit) to support
six student research groups. Using NASA’s Lunar Plant Growth Chamber curriculum student groups will research plants and create a plant growth chamber that would support plant life in outer space.

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