Funding, Grants & Awards

Kentucky School Wins $48,000 in Tech and Cash

Kentucky's Frederick Law Olmsted Academy North will receive $48,000 in grants as the winner of this year's Team up for Technology award.

Nominated by Teacher Lauren Heckman, the school will receive $20,800 in Samsung technology and $27,200 in cash to buy additional technology, such as desktop computers, laptops and LED monitors.

"It is a common occurrence that students don't have access to computers outside the classroom," said Heckman, in a prepared statement. "Often times, however, the technology we have inside the school doesn't work. Either the teachers have tech issues that derail the engaging lesson we have prepared, or the students can't get on the computer because they are out of service. These kids are some of the best you'll find in Kentucky, and I would love nothing more than to treat them with such an amazing gift as this tech make-over."

More than 1,200 schools were nominated and 10 schools were chosen from among those to receive a prize kit with a Samsung digital camera and laptop. The finalists then used the kit to create two-minute-long videos demonstrating their technology needs. The other nine finalists included:

"We are proud to be partnering with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe's to support K-12 education," said David Steel, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics North America, in a prepared statement. "Through our efforts, we aim to spark kids' interest in science, technology, engineering and math — subjects that help develop critical skills they need for future success."

Visit jimmiesohnsonfoundation.org to see Frederick Law Olmsted Academy North's winning video.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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