CAMBRIDGE, Minn, April 23, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today presented Cambridge Isanti High School teacher Raymond Sperl with a $7,500 Qwest Teachers and Technology grant.
The grant provides students access to Pasco Xplorer GLX Data Collection and Analysis Units in science and math classrooms. The equipment allows students to experience a technology-based instruction. The new technology will also be used in scientific research initiatives taking place between Cambridge Isanti High School students and the College of William and Mary as well as a research partnership being developed with Bethel College.
“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’s use of technology and Internet resources to promote instruction, communication and collaboration between students, educators, researchers and professionals.”
Sperl’s lesson plans include having students study in a lab setting how the amount of force applied to an object affects its rate of acceleration. Students will use the Pasco Xplorer GLX and other technology purchased to examine data and compare results.
“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.
Sperl 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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