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IBM IGN.I.T.E. and EX.I.T.E. Technology Academies at Price

The IBM Corporation and Luther Judson Price Middle School have been school partners since 2007.

The IGN.I.T.E Technology Academy is for the boys and it stands for Igniting Interest in Technology and Engineering. Boys are selected from the seventh and eighth grades to participate.  Under the direction of Genelle Betterson and Arnold Dones, the boys work in teams, create vision boards, build structures to solve problems, debug computers and build and program robots.

The boys come up with their own names for their teams and function as engineers to complete tasks assigned to them.  Various IBM employees visit them and offer their assistance and expertise to the IGN.I.T.Ers.  The boys traveled to the Highlands IBM building and performed engineering tasks alongside engineers in various departments.  At the end of the academy, the boys highlighted what they learned in a showcase to their parents and families.

In addition to providing an opportunity to have fun, the boys are exposed to many of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) standards.  With the introduction of Common Core Standards, every grade level must integrate college and career readiness.

The EX.I.T.E Technology Academy is for our young ladies.  EX.I.T.E stands for Exploring Interest in Technology and Engineering.  Under the direction of Lisa Haygood, 1985 Price High School Alumni, the EX.I.T.Ers complete some of the same activities as the IGN.I.T.E Academy boys such as the vision boards and team work to solve problems that an engineer would need to solve.  The girls travel to the Clark Atlanta University Center where they tour  the college library, visit classrooms, eat at the school cafeteria and meet the Spelbots (the Spelman Robotics Team).  The college trip is a great deal of fun for the girls and an eye opener as they discover and learn what college life is like and that they can attend and thrive in college when they work hard and focus.

IBM provides many educational experiences for the students at Price beyond the EX.I.T.E and IGN.I.T.E Academies.  They have provided opportunities for students to e-mentor with members of the IBM family, participate in the Introduce a Girl to Engineering in February, Engineering Week activities, and IBM Career Day.  The IBM family is always available to support the Mighty Price Wildcats!

written by Mrs. Tammy Rosado, Media Specialist at Price Middle School

October 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm Leave a comment

Grants and awards for the Green Thumbs of Crawford Long Middle School

Ms. Tiarra Moore is a science instructional coach at Crawford Long Middle School. We recently visited her and her students tending to the garden and building a habitat with the assistance of Pike Nurseries. Ms. Moore is also the school’s garden manager with a host of ideas and awards to help her maintain Crawford Long Middle School’s expanding gardening goals.  She has an impressive list of grants and awards she has won to establish, maintain and expand Crawford Long Middle School’s garden:

2010 Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence in Education Award

Purpose: To establish Long Middle School’s first organic garden.

2011 Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Grant

Purpose: To expand the garden by purchasing additional raised garden beds complete with soil, fertilizer, and irrigation.

2011 Fruit Orchard Recipient (Atlanta Local Food Initiative)

Purpose: To purchase fruit trees and berry bushes to create and orchard in the garden area.

2012 State Farm Youth Service America Grant

Purpose: To purchase building and garden materials to expand the garden by building six additional raised garden beds and purchase soil, fertilizer, and vegetable plants. Community assistance was provided by parents and the Jonesboro Road Home Depot.

2012 Communities in Schools Choose Success Grant

Purpose: To purchase 13 raised bed garden kits, seeds, and soil to give to families as part of the “Communities Gardens to Go” program to allow families to start home gardens.

2012 Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant

Purpose: To purchase three raised garden beds and plant vegetables with a multicultural focus.

2012 Captain Planet Foundation Grant

Purpose: To certify the garden as a wildlife habitat, plant fruit trees, a wildflower meadow, and create a pond.

2012 Whole Kids Foundation Grant

Purpose: To expand and irrigate the garden and purchase a Windowfarms vertical, hydroponic growing system that allows year-round growing in almost any window.

In addition to this list, the garden at Crawford Long Middle School has provided garden and salad day picnics for students and teachers, a Georgia State University cooking class using the garden’s produce, and vegetable giveaways. Ms. Moore and her students beam with pride and are excited about their gardening efforts. Congratulations to Ms. Moore and the students at Crawford Long Middle School.

October 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm 1 comment

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