CenturyLink, Inc. presented two Charles City teachers with checks for classroom projects totaling more than $7,800 as part of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. The program, which has been offered since 2008, awards grants to schools in CenturyLink’s local service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms.
“The winning teachers’ grant applications were inspirational. They demonstrated creative teaching techniques that would be used to assist students in fully understanding subject matter, often times using hands-on learning,” said Tim White, CenturyLink’s vice president of operations for Iowa. “We are pleased to be able to help these passionate educators expose their students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts in their daily school lives.”
• Charles City High School was awarded $ 3,325 to support the project Solar Power and Public Policy in the Social Studies Classroom. The students will be given a challenge-- to design and create individualized solar powered chargers at three different levels with a set of supplies for the level they take on: solar panels, wires, soldering gun and batteries. The project was submitted by Teacher Robert Pittman.
• Charles City Middle School was awarded $4,500 to support the project Sphero Robot Balls. Students will use a robot ball to think critically about math, physics and computer science. The creations or tasks that the students complete can be anything from an art picture to dancing Spheros to the Sphero completing a maze based on programmed commands. The students will "play" to learn valuable creativity, critical thinking, collaborative problem solving and engineering skills. The project was submitted by Teacher Toni Smith.