MINNEAPOLIS, April 21, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today presented BOLD High School teacher, Mitchell Maxwell, with a $7,500 Qwest Teachers and Technology Grant.
The grant will enable the BOLD High School to purchase a SMART Board, six laptop computers, a projector and a wireless Internet port. The technology will create a new interactive classroom environment and emphasize the important relationship between science and technology.
“We received outstanding applications from public school teachers across the state,” said John Stanoch, Minnesota president of Qwest. “Our Blue Ribbon Panel was particularly impressed with this proposal. It moved past the pencil and paper data collection and, instead, has students enter scientific data onto laptops and the SMART Board.”
Mr. Maxwell’s lesson plan includes introducing the concepts of motion in science class by analyzing toy vehicle acceleration, velocity and displacement. The project enhances student learning and performance in math and science by emphasizing the relationship between the two curriculum areas and providing a more hands-on experience.
“Getting students excited about science and math is extremely important to Minnesota’s future,” said Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership. “We were excited about working with Qwest to encourage and reward teachers who are using technology to spark that excitement.”
Maxwell is one of 15 Minnesota public school teachers to receive a 2008 Qwest Foundation Teachers and Technology Grant, which is administered by the Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation. The grants are being presented individually to the recipients in their schools over the next few weeks.
Now in its second year, the Qwest Teachers and Technology Grant Program received applications from more than 60 public school teachers around the state. A Blue Ribbon Panel selected 15 of those proposals to receive grants this year totaling $96,000.

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