April 16, 2008, MINNEAPOLIS– The Qwest Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today presented Tracy high school teacher, Monica Headlee, with a $4,450 Qwest Teachers and Technology Grant for her “Student Achievement through LabQuest Technology” proposal.
The grant will allow for the integration of LabQuest data-collection technology into the high school science, math and technology curricula at Tracy High School. LabQuest is a hand-held computer device that collects scientific readings. This new classroom technology will engage students in hands-on laboratory activities to promote student engagement and increase scientific literacy.
“We received outstanding applications from public school teachers across the state,” said John Stanoch, Minnesota President of Qwest. “Our Blue Ribbon panel was impressed with how Mrs. Headlee planned to use this technology to increase student achievement in math and science while also showing them how those skills translate into real world career paths. “
Mrs. Headlee’s sample lesson plan for the LabQuest technology outlines how students would be asked to use soil characteristics to link suspects to a crime scene. The lesson asks students to review the characteristics of the soil, including pH, conductivity, settling rate and water absorbency, to prove that a suspect has been at a crime scene where toxic materials were illegally deposited. The lesson integrates the LabQuest technology with chemistry, environmental and forensic sciences.
“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.”
Headlee is the second 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.
About Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation
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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