Partnerships for Innovation
For the sixth year, ORAU is accepting applications from local schools and those within a 50-mile radius of Oak Ridge, for an Extreme Classroom Makeover. ORAU defines a 50-mile radius as any school located in a county whose border is within 50 miles of Oak Ridge, Tenn. To see a complete list of eligible school counties, go to the Eligible Counties page.
The contest is open to public school teachers of grades 3-10 who are teaching science and/or mathematics. Entrants must have the consent of their principals and, if chosen, be willing to have their 2014‒2015 classroom experience highlighted on the Internet and in various media outlets. Teachers, students, and even parents whose children are benefiting from this initiative will be invited/encouraged to blog about this year-long experience on the Extreme Classroom website.
|Aug. 7, 2013||Call for Intent to Apply submissions opens|
|Sept. 13, 2013||Intent to Apply deadline (Note: the full application and a 3-4 minute video is not due at this time.)|
|Jan. 24, 2014||Full Application and Video Entry deadline|
|Feb. 2014||Selection Committee Review|
|End of March/First of April 2014||Winner announced|
|May 2014||Purchase decisions for technology/equipment made|
|June ‒ July 2014||ORAU works with school system to install new equipment in classroom|
|Aug. 2014||Reveal Event|
Entrants will be required to submit an intent to apply, a written application and also a 3-4 minute video that illustrates potential uses of technology and the need for technology in their classrooms. The video must include the teacher who is applying and one or more students.
Please feel free to be as creative as you like. Examples of possible approaches include a documentary, a classroom experiment, a classroom exercise, a dance, a musical, etc. See video entries from the 2013 contest.
The winner will be determined by a panel of educators and ORAU staff.
Entries will be judged on how well they:
The prize package will include $25,000 worth of technology and acceptable classroom improvements awarded to the school on behalf of the teacher. The winner will have the opportunity to consult with ORAU staff on the technology and equipment most suitable to his or her teaching environment.
ORAU will help the teacher construct a classroom Web site that will be used to communicate with parents and the students. A section of the site will be dedicated to a blog that will be hosted by the teacher, and students and parents will be encouraged to contribute. The teacher will be required to develop a minimum of one blog or journal entries per month.
The teacher and parent/guardian of students appearing in video or photography must sign and submit appropriate media release forms.
After September 13, you can submit your full application and upload your video entry for the Extreme Classroom Makeover to the 2013 application page. Please note that you must submit an intent-to-apply form by the Sept. 13 deadline in order to be eligible to apply with the full application and video entry in Jan. 2014.
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