ST. PAUL, Minn., May 5, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today presented Washington Technology Magnet School teachers, Maryann Rogers and Denise Kapler, with a $7,500 Qwest Teachers and Technology grant for their “Architectural Design Form and Function” grant proposal.
The grant will enable Washington Technology Magnet School to purchase architectural drafting sets, computer based calculators, design software and other materials.
"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 how this project blends curriculum standards from both art and math to study local architecture.”
Washington Technology Magnet students will explore architecture through drawing, model making, computer models and critical questioning. This course will introduce students to how architects see the community around us and how to apply art and geometry to create a structure.
“Getting students excited about math 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.”
Washington Technology Magnet School is one of 15 Minnesota public schools 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.
About Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation
The Minnesota Business Partnership Foundation 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
About the Qwest Foundation
The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.
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