And the Winners Are...
We know teachers are always looking for ways to expand their instruction and make lessons more engaging – but it can be expensive. That’s why we decided to introduce enrichEd by U.S. Eagle: our annual Classroom Grant Program.
The program application period remained opened from August 7th through September 6th. With over 111 applications received during this one-month period, our enrichEd Classroom Grant Committee was faced with a hard decision - selecting nine educators to receive a $1,000 grant.
‘While we received a lot of impressive and powerful classroom grant applications, we had to find a way to narrow it down,” said committee member Nadine Buerger. The committee placed their focus on creativity, sustainability and overall student impact during the selection process.
High School science teacher Steven Zoncki requested funding for student lead research to assess plastic pollution in the Rio Grande, collaborating with their sister school in Costa Rica, while 21st Century Public Academy teacher Jeremy Peckens will use the funding to teach students the fundamentals of 3D modeling. The project includes futuristic vehicles, architectural floor plans. The concluding project is a full-scale marketing campaign, wherein students will invent a commercial product and create advertisement strategies around their target demographic.
The following educators, located in the Albuquerque Metro Area, San Juan County and Santa Fe County received this year’s enrichEd grant:
- Country Club Elementary School, Diane Riley – Riley STEM program
- Horizon Academy West, Celeste Perea – Kindergarten Learning Space
- Maggie Cordova Elementary School, Sheryl Safieh – Elementary Engineering
- 21st Century Public Academy, Jeremy Peckens – 3D Printing and Media Literacy
- Eagle Ridge Middle School, Brian Shaver – EV3 Robotics
- Edgewood Middle School, Morgan Ware, Horizon’s Academy
- Atrisco Heritage Academy, Michael Chase – Virtual Reality and Computer Science
- Digital Arts and Technology Academy, Steve Zoncki – Rio Grande Pollution Research Collaboration with Costa Rica
- Mark Armijo Academy, Inez Jacobs – Taking the Mystery out of Engineering
Congratulations to all our awardees – we can’t wait to see all the amazing things in store for our students and teachers!