Twenty teams of Nebraska elementary, middle and high school teachers will receive grants of up to $2,500 to create innovative energy-related projects in their math and science classrooms.
The 20 schools will share about $33,500. Nearly $48,000 in grants had been requested by 28 schools. The energy grants were selected through a competitive process, awarded by the Nebraska Science and Math Initiative, and funded by the Energy Office.
"This is a great way for students to learn about energy and improve their math and science skills as the same time," Ann Selzer of the Energy Office said. According to Selzer, each proposed project was reviewed by an award-winning teacher, utility representatives and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientist. Selzer said the energy projects will be used in the classroom this fall.
Since 1994, 208 science and math teacher teams have received grants of more than $229,000. These grants are part of a larger educational effort financed by the Energy Office from oil overcharge funds. Oil overcharge funds are a result of several court actions against oil companies that overcharged their customers during the period of federal price controls from 1973 to 1981. The courts ordered that some of the funds be distributed to the states as restitution to injured customers.
The Energy Office's educational efforts in partnership with the Initiative began in 1994 with a $500,000 commitment to support teacher training and project grants. Since that time, more than 2,500 elementary teachers have attended workshops that provided ideas on how science and math classes can integrate easily understood energy concepts. "This has been a multi-year effort that has changed how students and teachers see the relationships among science, math and energy," Selzer said.
For more information about energy education in Nebraska schools, contact Marilyn Lammers at the Nebraska Math and Science Initiative, 126 Morrill Hall, Box 880350, Lincoln, NE 68588-0350, phone 402-472-8965, fax 402-472-9311, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1998 Science and Math Energy Grant Winners
Brainard/East Butler $1,000
Elkhorn/Middle School $1,536
Farnam/Eustis- Farnam Public $2,500
Lincoln/Clinton Elementary $2,500
Lincoln/Mickle Middle School $975
Waverly/Hamlow Elementary $2,500
David City/St. Mary's $955
Lincoln/Clinton Elementary $2,200
Lincoln/Faith Lutheran Elementary $2,403
Lincoln/Pius X High $2,479
Rushville/ High School $1,452
Waverly/Middle School $1,145
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