Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Very Bright Ideas at Dutch Fork High!

Patrick Smallwood, Science Teacher has recently been awarded a Bright Ideas Grant from the Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative. Bright Ideas is Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative's way of "energizing innovative lessons" by educators at local schools. "The idea behind Bright Ideas," according to MCEC's CEO Jack Wolfe, "is to help empower good teachers, to provide support outside of normal public school funding for great projects that deserve to be used in the classroom, yet need that extra assistance."

The grant is titled "Renewable Energy Instruction Utilizing PASCO Data Acquisition Technology"

The grant supports new cross-curricular probeware instruction for 10th-12th grade students at DFHS. Students will use Horizon Renewable Energy equipment to obtain and analyze lab data for various renewable energy sources. The curriculum will be implemented in Biology and Chemistry classes, as well as other current courses.

We are very proud of this accomplishment and thank Mr. Smallwood for his leadership of our science program and helping to acquire additional financial resources for our school. Additionally, we would like to salute Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative for their continued support of public education.

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