Two PRSD Schools Awarded Devon Science Giant Grants

Two PRSD Schools Awarded Devon Science Giant Grants

T.A. Norris Middle School (TAN) and Red Earth Creek School (REC) are happy recipients of the 2013 Devon Canada Science Giants Grants in the total of $10,000. Byron Schamehorn, TAN educator and Darren George, REC educator both applied for the science grant in the spring of the 2013.

The Science Giants Grant is designed to provide innovative ways to excite students about science. Devon Canada says “We believe science is a very important subject that students must master to be better prepared for post-secondary and the workforce.”

At T.A. Norris Middle School, Byron Schamehorn says their first priority is to enhance the "hands-on" capability of delivering real-world science performance tasks in classrooms. The Devon Canada grant funds will build a Mechanical Systems Work/Activity Lab Station that will directly benefit many of the school’s students.  The work-station will be used by both science classes and the Science Team, a group of students who are interested in competing in science fairs and Science Olympics. “This workstation provides the best type of engaging activity where (students) can meet to connect with each other and adults, allowing proactive development of a positive school and community outlook.”

Darren George at REC is very excited to use the funding to purchase dissection equipment for their high school biology students.  “Without proper dissection equipment, students have a disadvantage when they reach university.  The Devon Canada grant enables REC to purchase dissection microscopes, specimens, virtual software and all the tools necessary to learn basic dissection.  Not only will this experience prepare our students for the expectations of university-level science classes, it will open their eyes to other career options, such as the medical field.”

TAN, REC and Peace River School Division are thrilled to have the support of Devon Canada through the creation of the science grant and the funds that improve student achievement in science and foster engaging classrooms for students.