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Posted: Thursday, November 15th 2012 at 2:31pm

RBM Atlanta North awards in mini-grants to Forsyth Co. schools

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L-R: Randy Powell, General Manager of RBM of Atlanta North, Forsyth Co. Schools Supt. Buster Evans, Partners In Education (PIE) Facilitator Judi Jenkins, and John Ellis, President of RBM Atlanta and RBM of Atlanta North.
CUMMING - RBM Atlanta North has awarded $10,000 in mini-grants to five Forsyth County schools.

Each of grants total $2,000.

*Little Mill Middle – First Lego League Robotics Teams

The school's goal is to increase the number and preparedness of Little Mill Middle School students who will move on to either the STEM academy at Forsyth Central High School or other math and science rich curriculum at North Forsyth High Schools. The LEGO robotics program is structured to allow students to experience applications of physical science, a variety of mechanical engineering concepts, computer programming, and problem solving, in a manner no traditional classroom could offer.

*Liberty Middle - Project Inspiration Team (iTeam)

Therefore Liberty Middle School has implemented inquiry-based, authentic learning strategies through a model team. The Inspiration Team, or iTeam for short, has created learning units that feature real-world, current problems around which students post questions. Students work collaboratively to research current information about a topic and then they synthesize this new information with the skills and concepts provided by teachers to reach the best solution.

*Brookwood Elementary – Brookwood Plaza Project

This initiative is part of an overall plan for the school’s campus, student body enrichment and efforts towards a greener, brighter tomorrow. The Plaza will be a multi-use outdoor patio and shade structure which will turn a flat, non-shaded, dirt area into a partially shaded, environmentally friendly learning center and outdoor garden. The plaza will provide an extension to an already successful Bobcat Science Den by allowing students to study the science of nature while being surrounded by it. The plaza and garden will not only provide a myriad of lessons in plant, animal and insect identification but will also make a suitable work place for a developing Garden Club.

*Johns Creek Elementary – 21st Century Media Center

The school is working to transform its existing Media Center to a 21st Century Media Center. A 21st Century Media Center is a place that supports and encourages students to be creative, critical thinkers, who effectively collaborate and communicate by providing work zones and state of the art technology. Media Centers are no longer what we remember as the library. They are centers for gathering information and producing products that demonstrate knowledge and understanding of standards.

*Matt Elementary – Robotics (grades 3-5)

Current school improvement goals at Matt Elementary center on increasing student percentile achievement in reading and math. Students learning goals are dependent on reasoning skills which are strongly supported by robotics through such skills and processes as problem solving, calculation, programming language, and making predictions. Aside from a direct connection to the Math and Sciences, robotics translates to variety of subject content areas, and life skills. Strengthening the school's robotics program requires additional equipment. New LEGO programming software will be purchased.
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