Education Foundation of Indian River County
Awards $30,000 to Osceola Magnet School for “Mission Smart Science”
February 2014 The Education Foundation of Indian River County (EF-IRC) received a $5,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation to support the students at Osceola Magnet. This grant, combined with $25,000 in matching funds from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) will be used for the “Mission Smart Science” Program for the students.
The goal of the Osceola Magnet School’s “Mission Smart Science” program is to create classrooms of today with the most up-to-date technology that will impact science instruction and enhance the student achievement in the area of science. Osceola Magnet School will launch a new program we will call “Mission: Smart Science”. This program will include integrating new advanced online supplementary science curriculum for kindergarten through 5th grade students with their existing programs. This new program will use SMART Board technology to enhance classroom learning.
Research is clear that the use of this type of technology in the classroom will help to increase the level of student engagement. This technology, if used with engaging, rigorous science investigations, can excite students of all ages who are ready for something more interactive than just the lecture approach. These lessons can be used with SMART board technology and will accommodate different types of student learning: visual learners respond well to the visual projection elements, while tactile learners benefit from the actual interaction with the SMART board.