Research Organization to Fund New Technology in Central VA Schools

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An international research institute is supporting technology programs in middle schools throughout central Virginia.

Battelle, a global research and development organization, presented school superintendents with a $43,615 award to launch the new iSTEM program from its facility in the University of Virginia Research Park.

The money will train 10 teachers from schools in Albemarle, Greene, Madison and Orange counties, as well as Charlottesville, to use geospatial technology in humanities courses.

“If you could imagine studying the Civil War and every single one of those events had been digitized, students can now ask their map questions and get results they couldn’t have gotten 10 years ago or 20 years ago,” said lead iSTEM facilitator Chris Bunin.

“We have to train the scientists and engineers and technology leaders of the future. So, we have to invest as a company in that kind of innovative education,” said Eric Fingerhut, Battelle’s vice president for education and philanthropy.

Teacher training begins this summer at UVA. iSTEM courses will start for students during the 2014-2015 school year.

via NBC 29

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