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2015 Extreme Classroom Makeover Winner

ORAU awards $25,000 grand prize to Brown Intermediate School of Sweetwater, Tenn.

April 8, 2015

2015 Extreme Classroom Makeover grand prize winner Charlie Arp and his students. Click image for high resolution version.

Oak Ridge, Tenn.—The idea that technology has the ability to drastically change students’ lives was the focus of one regional middle school teacher’s video submission for the 2015 ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover competition. His dream of satisfying students’ hunger for technology in the classroom was realized today as ORAU president Andy Page presented Brown Intermediate School science teacher Charlie Arp with a $25,000 technology makeover during a surprise school-wide assembly. The funding is part of ORAU’s annual Extreme Classroom Makeover competition, now in its seventh year.

In his winning video Arp, explains that when it comes to teaching with technology, the sky is the limit. He describes many new and interactive approaches to teaching math and science, and he insists that, with this grant, he can satisfy his students’ hunger for technology in their day-to-day learning environment. Brown Intermediate School serves students from the city of Sweetwater in the 5th and 6th grades.

ORAU’s Extreme Classroom Makeover highlights and supports educators like Arp who are working on the front lines of the education system and illustrates how technology in the classroom helps teachers inspire more students to pursue math- and science-based careers.

“An educational focus on science, technology, engineering and math is important for strengthening our nation’s competitiveness,” explained ORAU President and CEO Andy Page. “ORAU believes that through programs like the Extreme Classroom Makeover, we can help teachers inspire students in these critical STEM subjects.”

Contestants entering ORAU’s competition must teach math or science in a public school located within 50 miles of Oak Ridge. Additionally, a teacher must submit a short video illustrating the classroom’s need and explain how the new technologies would be used to energize and enhance learning.

Mr. Arp’s spring and early summer will focus on the selection, purchase and installation of new technology to make over his classroom. Before students return to the classroom in August, ORAU will unveil the redesigned classroom in a special event for the students and their parents.

Previous Extreme Classroom Makeover winners include:

Winners have typically purchased items such as additional computers, iPads, digital cameras, an interactive student voting system, television, promethean boards and other technology that helped advance his or her students’ learning activities.

View the winning video for the 2015 Extreme Classroom Makeover competition:

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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