The first recipients of the Crimson Tide Foundation Teacher Venture Grants received $3100 from foundation president Robert W. Wachter and vice president John H. Liddle at the Pottsville Area School District In Service Day August 20, 2014.
The recipients and their projects include:
John S. Clarke Elementary Center
Kim Martinko – Green and Growing Nature Study will be conducted with all second grade students under the direction of Porcupine Pat McKinney at the Schuylkill County Fair Grounds. Approximately 200 students will explore the importance of plants in our life and their connection to other living organisms in the environment. Through a hands-on “Naturesnoop” excursion students will explore the main three wildlife habitats of our area.
Linda Smith –The Ideas and Inventions FOSS kit for second grade students is designed to infuse technology and engineering concepts at the elementary level. These hands-on science lessons are designed to promote creativity, problem-solving skills and inventiveness while utilizing writing, speaking and listening skills along with the incorporation of measurement, data and probability.
Katie Porrino – The Rocks, Minerals and Fossils program utilizes presenters who have completed numerous paleontological digs and have published “Roberta’s Wonderful Dinosaur Adventure.” The program is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous rocks and how minerals are formed. Third grade students will investigate an eight foot Triceratops dinosaur skull, rare fossil and unusual minerals.
D. H. H. Lengel Middle School
Ted Catranis and John Carestia – “Who Killed Caesar?” - This is a C. S. I. type of research project involving investigators, scientists, actors, and a jury trial to determine who is responsible for Caesar’s death. Students will collect evidence; utilize microscopes and other scientific equipment to test blood and DNA. A “mock court” will be held for students to compare and contrast current and past judicial systems, customs and procedures, along with the study of government. This is a cross-curricular project initiated by the science and social studies departments, but it also incorporates English Language Arts and mathematics
Stephanie Ziegmont – Document Cameras will be purchased for each grade level to help students visualize lessons, project literature from books and magazines, clarify daily objectives and share students’ original work with the class.
Pottsville Area High School
Adrian Portland – “Environmental Majesty: Discovering Monarch Biology” - This project will include the monarch butterfly rearing and tagging for migration tracking purpose, while studying their life cycle and migration habits. The high school Biology Department will establish a certified Way Station through the official Monarch Watch Way Station Program