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Surprise! Educators Awarded 2019 Bright Ideas Grants from Jackson EMC

Jackson EMC awarded $61,720 to 40 middle school classrooms in 25 schools with grant money from the Bright Ideas program. Winning entries represent a variety of disciplines that interest students, including biology, information technology, history, language arts, math, science and social studies.

The Bright Ideas grant program, in its fifth year at Jackson EMC, funds innovative classroom projects developed by state-certified public middle school educators within the counties served by Jackson EMC. Educators for grades six through eight can apply for up to $2,000 in grant funds for classroom projects that are not funded through general education dollars.

Science and social studies teachers will use their Bright Ideas grant funds to research, design and build models of energy efficient and environmentally-friendly communities. Computer science educators will use virtual reality technology to help students visualize complex concepts in science, social studies, health, computer programming and art. Another educator will use their Bright Ideas grant for an invention studio for students to create products and prototypes in order to develop skills in entrepreneurship.

Funded projects must involve the students directly, provide a creative learning experience with ongoing benefits through innovative teaching methods, create opportunities for teamwork and support the continuous improvement of education in Georgia. A panel of independent judges with expertise in education in north Georgia reviews the applications.

Applications for the 2020 Bright Ideas grants will be open June 1—Sept. 8, 2020.

For more information about the program, go to jacksonemc.com/brightideas.

School Name Award Educator Project
Arts and Innovation Magnet $1,995.00 Ashley Bailey Innovation Station
Arts and Innovation Magnet $1,735.00 McKendree Ramsell Clay Stop Motion
Arts and Innovation Magnet $836.00 Ysheena Lyles Jammin' on the 1
Bear Creek MS $1,145.00 Donna Morris Seeing Our World
Bear Creek MS $1,600.00 Tonia Harbin Success in STEM
Berkmar MS $1,075.00 Linzi Bullard Escape the Math
Burney-Harris Lyons MS $999.00 Julie Petway Science Tower Garden
Cherokee Bluff MS $1,860.00 Jacqueline Greene Snoezelen Room
Chestatee MS $1,900.00 Glen Lawson Sensing Motion
Chestatee MS $2,000.00 Dawn Hudgins Digging Up Our Roots
Coleman MS $532.00 Jennifer Dunn Middle Invention Studio
Commerce MS $895.00 Adam Shirley Stop the Sun from Seeing You
Dacula MS $1,999.00 Tracie Banner Virtual Reality Explorations
East Jackson MS $1,840.00 Terri Tyner Community Around Us
East Jackson MS $1,815.00 Bucky Sorrow Slope Box Derby
Gainesville MS $1,034.00 Dory Moore Ukuleles for the Classroom
Hull MS $1,840.00 David Schoenrock Hydroponics: Transformation
Hull MS $1,640.00 Kari Salomon Eco-Safe Communities
Hull MS $1,170.00 Rick Young Exploring the Night Sky
Hull MS $1,000.00 Aimee Burgamy DrawBots: Giving STEM an A for ART
Jefferson MS $1,675.00 Jennifer McAuley Real World Science
Jordan MS $1,189.00 Sidney Hurst STOP! Your Carbon Footprint
Lumpkin County MS $1,850.00 Tori Jones Coding to New Heights
Madison County MS $2,000.00 Melody Christian Drone Technology
McConnell MS $1,195.00 Kristin Fuqua Our Microscopic World
Northbrook MS $1,995.00 Arpan Bosmia Analyzing the Aerodynamics of CO2
Osborne MS $1,515.00 Heather Zook VeRy Engaging Lessons
Radloff MS $2,000.00 Haley Nagle Breakout EDU
Radloff MS $1,990.00 Michelle Morgan Preparing English Language Learners
Russell MS $1,160.00 Darby Bozeman Storytelling Through Podcasting
Twin Rivers MS $1,560.00 Anna Herdliska Shaking up Earth Science
Twin Rivers MS $1,590.00 Jason Hurd Crikit Putt Robo Mini Golf Challenge
W.R. Coile MS $710.00 Samantha Barnum Go GREEN for the News
West Jackson MS $1,300.00 Caralena Luthi 3D Printer Car
West Jackson MS $1,675.00 Laura Miller We Are From Team 601
West Jackson MS $1,865.00 Melinda Wallace History through Graphic Memoirs
West Jackson MS $1,675.00 Angie Konarski Junior Journalism
West Jackson MS $1,897.00 Margaret Barber Robot Olympics
West Jackson MS $1,995.00 Brad Hillman Golf Simulator
Westside MS $1,974.00 Jennifer Deckard Gamifying Physical Science

A total of $61,720 granted through the Bright Ideas Grant program.