Arvada teachers earn tech grants

CenturyLink awards $145,000 to 32 teachers across Colorado

Posted 6/4/18

Students in Robert Karr’s applied imagination class at Moore Middle School will have new 3D printers and a 3D scanner next school year thanks to a $4,800 grant awarded to Karr and the school by …

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Arvada teachers earn tech grants

CenturyLink awards $145,000 to 32 teachers across Colorado

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Students in Robert Karr’s applied imagination class at Moore Middle School will have new 3D printers and a 3D scanner next school year thanks to a $4,800 grant awarded to Karr and the school by CenturyLink.

“The grant is the bridge that makes the class a reality,” said Karr, who launched the class for seventh and eight grade students two years ago.

The class focuses on the engineering design process — a 21st century shop class. Students are introduced to digital design and 3D printing and the classroom offers a maker space for students to explore the creative process.

Karr was one of 32 Colorado teachers to revive a grant from the CenturyLink Teachers & Technology program, which will award $145,000 in Colorado this year in support of classrooms in need and enhancing the innovative use of technology in schools.

“For me it means I’m allowing the kids that much more exposure and places to put their hands and be able to see what their idea shape up,” Karr said. “The biggest thing is increasing the machines to student ratio, so they have a little bit more ownership.”

Science teacher Kelley Staggs at North Arvada Middle School also received a $4,990 grant from the Teachers & Technology program to be used for Project Based Learning in the maker space classroom. The Maker Space will encourage students to work collaboratively to use technology to solve multiple engineering, coding, robotic, and visual challenges.

The lab is a place where students of all abilities and backgrounds can take their own idea and create something new, find ways to solve problems, and stretch their thinking outside the box. Specifically, the grant will go toward providing iPad minis for using iMovie and green screen technology, as well as, programming Sphero robotics.

With the grant money, they will also purchase Chromebooks and Makey Makey invention kits for learning circuitry and computer coding and create a 3D printing station.

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