ILCS receives money to enhance technology

INDIAN LAKE - Indian Lake middle school science students will be get improved technology, as the school has received a $3,000 grant from Best Buy, Inc.

"Middle school students work over the year preparing a real research project for their final exam, working just like real scientists on real questions," Indian Lake middle school science teacher Sandy Bureau said. "In a real lab scientists would have computers and digital equipment to document their results and be able to research questions on the internet right next to their actual experiment, this grant allows us to recreate that same environment in the classroom for students at Indian Lake."

Bureau intends to use the grant money to purchase netbooks, digital cameras, camcorder, printer/scanner/copier and wireless network to outfit the middle school science lab.

"Teachers are finding creative ways to engage students by using technology hands-on we want to support their efforts by helping them enhance or expand these programs," said Paula Prahl, senior vice president public affairs, communications, public affairs, and corporate responsibility, Best Buy Co. Inc in a prepared statement. "We know that schools are the cornerstones of these communities where our employees, customers, and their families live and work."

Since 2003, Best Buy has doled out over $17 million to over 6000 public schools to enhance technological integration in the classroom.

This year, Best Buy Teach Awards, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, have been given to more than 460 schools to sustain or enhance existing educational programs.

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