By: Melanie Tahan, Rymfire Elementary School media specialist

Funding for eight innovative technology projects has been awarded to teachers in Flagler County schools through the Technology Education Resource and Redesign Alliance, Inc. grant. Schools across the state apply for this grant, which awards $50,000 per year to Florida projects. TERRA’s Mini-Grants are intended to support school-based projects in pre-K through grade 12 that are consistent with TERRA’s mission and have a positive impact on education by using technology. This year, Flagler County teachers received over $20,000, allowing for projects that provide students with authentic learning opportunities and, in many cases, support the district-wide Flagship Choice career exploration initiative. 

Belle Terre Elementary School Media Specialist Stacy Anderson is excited to receive funding for a video production project, titled “Lights, Camera, Learning in Action.” Through this project, she will be creating a podcasting and film studio in the school library. Students in grades PreK-6 will have opportunities to create book trailers, tutorial videos and podcasts to demonstrate their knowledge across all subject areas. 

At Buddy Taylor Middle School, Andrew Medearis received funding to continue his switchgrass trial project, in which students in the STEM/Agriculture program will attempt to create biofuel pellets. Medearis began this project last year, with funding from TERRA grant and other sources. This project supports Buddy Taylor’s Flagship initiative for Agronomy, Biotechnology and Engineering. STEM teacher Tom Westly, from Bunnell Elementary School, will receive funding to help students build Mars Habitation Modules and online virtual tours, which will be viewed through Virtual Reality Headsets. Students will learn about the challenges for sustaining life on Mars, and develop a better appreciation for protecting our own planet. 

Flagler Palm Coast High School i3 Academy teacher Corinne Schaefer is receiving funding to support her game design class, inspiring students to create a digital scavenger hunt for elementary students. Read more here…

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