Sweetwater science class wins $25K ‘extreme makeover’

Charlie Arp, a science teacher at the Brown Intermediate School, was awarded a $25,000 prize Wednesday for an “extreme makeover” of his classroom in Sweetwater. He was the winner of this year’s competition sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and the funding will go toward pumping up the school’s technology.

ORAU sponsors the annual competition to help successful teachers elevate their capabilities for teaching math and science in the region.In his winning video, Arp outlined plans for using many new and interactive techniques in the classroom with the boost in technology. According to Wednesday’s announcement, the classroom will be redesigned by the time students return to school in August following their summer vacation.

In the past, schools have used the makeover funding to purchase additional computers, iPads, digital cameras and other educational tools, such as Promethean boards.

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