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Winton Woods Middle School wins $12k grant from UC’s FUSION Center

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Winton Woods Middle School science teachers Jenni Jung, Barbette Kirk and Carla Roller were awarded a $12,000 Innovation grant from UC’s FUSION Center (Furthering Urban STEM Innovation, Outreach, and New Research) to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in their classrooms. In an effort to increase participation in STEM learning activities for all students in Ohio, leaders at the FUSION Center granted a total of $168,000 to 20 proposals out of 64 applications submitted.

The Winton Woods Middle School grant, called “WWMS Steps Into the 21st Century,” will allow the science team to use netbooks in the classroom to promote STEM education by using free online resources and linking them to nationally-recognized science organizations. “Seventh grade students will explore genetics and the environmental and economic impact of the BP oil spill,” said Jung. “Eighth grade students will investigate plate tectonics and the technology of space travel as they learn in relevant, real-world contexts.”

Jung said her team is going to pilot the new program in a few classes to work out all the logistical issues. “This program will allow students to learn at their own pace using web-based activities,” said Jung. “There will also be online journaling, discussion tools and simulations. The online discussion will be particularly beneficial for those students who are hesitant to ask questions or participate in a traditional classroom setting.”

Anita Williams, director of curriculum and instruction for Winton Woods City Schools, said staff members attended the STEM Conference at UC in the fall and have continued to be actively involved with the program. The focus of the conference was for partners in the region to share their STEM activities and inspire other teachers to try new activities. It also included a session on the grant writing process.

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