April 11, 2008, MINNEAPOLIS– The Qwest Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today presented Rochester High School teacher, Larry Mascotti, with a $7,050 Qwest Teachers and Technology Grant for his “Planet Perspectives” proposal.
The grant will enable the Mayo High School Planetarium in Rochester to purchase a set of digital evaluation tools – including a clicker feedback system and an interactive whiteboard – that will help the school constantly evaluate and refine how teachers and students use the planetarium. The clickers will increase student ownership and active participation in the lessons. The data collected from that feedback will help visiting teachers guide their students through the planetarium.
“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 the ‘Planet Perspectives’ proposal because it is unique, technologically interactive and will inspire students to learn more about the Earth, Moon and Mars.”
The third-grade lesson plan has students learn about the surfaces of Earth, Mars and the moon and propose a hypothesis that explains the differences. They will then test their explanation with predictions for how the surfaces of Mercury and Venus should appear.
“Getting students excited about science and technology 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.”
Mascotti is the first 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 other Minnesota grants will be 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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The Minnesota Business Partnership is composed of more than 110 chief executives of Minnesota's largest employers. The Partnership's mission is to maintain a high quality of life for all Minnesotans by ensuring that the state's economy remains strong, globally competitive and its prospects for growth bright.
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