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UT Elementary School Receives Two Google Grants

September 18, 2013

A leader in education innovation, The University of Texas Elementary School (UTES) is the proud recipient of two recent Google Grants. Recognized for constantly finding new ways to enhance their students’ learning experience, UTES has been at the forefront in adapting Google’s multiple resources for use in an elementary education setting.

UTES was awarded a $15,000 Google Grant to upgrade the school’s technology.  The grant will be used to implement a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) program starting in Pre-K. UTES’ focus on early implementation of STEM programs is unique and provides students with the necessary education and skills to be successful in the digital age while also allowing the school to promote internet equality and fight the digital divide before it begins.

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The UTES STEM programming includes developmentally appropriate activities for different grade levels. Here, fifth-grade students work with Lego robotics.

 

 

The second grant, a Google Goodware Grant, provided UTES with ten computers and a printer for the second grade class.  The class is using the computers to create a collaborative blog with the help of Google Docs, using Andromo to build apps, and refining their search skills using a Google Wall.

 

UTES Executive Director Dr. Melissa Chavez said, “Technology offers so many exciting tools for independent and collaborative learning at all grade levels. Our students get so excited about technology-based classroom activities and what they learn during those activities—we love seeing them become engaged and confident as they take charge of their own learning.”

 

As a demonstration school for urban education, UTES teachers will share best STEM instructional practices with other teachers in the greater Austin area.

 

UTES is one of several Austin organizations receiving grants from Google this year, Google believes that technology will continue to play an important role in shaping our future, and the youth of today will help innovate and drive these technologies for years to come. This year, Google awarded 30 new organizations from 18 different countries. Combined these grants will reach more than 90,000 children in 2013, helping inspire and teach the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

 

For more information, please visit http://www.utelementary.org/. UT Elementary School is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

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