TechKnowledgy Newsletter
Western Reserve Public Media
Winter 2014

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Exciting new International Soap Box Derby project

Soap Box Derby In October, The International Soap Box Derby and Western Reserve Public Media announced an agreement to expand educational offerings through the Derby’s Gravity Racing Challenge Program.

The Derby’s program uses the tools and values of Soap Box Derby racing to introduce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to students in an enjoyable, engaging way. The program is designed to provide K-12 educators and students with project- and standards-based, intercurricular learning opportunities.

“We’re excited to partner with Western Reserve Public Media,” said Derby President & CEO Joe Mazur. “The GRC program has grown the past few years and now it’s time to take it to a new level. With this partnership we’ll now be able to provide educators with a learning portal that meets today’s educational standards.”

The Educational Services staff at Western Reserve Public Media will use the Soap Box Derby theme to develop a kit of resources and activities that link to Ohio Department of Education standards for fifth graders. Following STEM standards, the project will include videos, lesson plans, activities, background resources, assessments and professional development opportunities.

Barbara Moore of Western Reserve Public Media will serve as grant program manager for the project.


In this Issue:

Exciting new International Soap Box Derby project

Become a Team 21 member!

Poetry project wins national award

New educational gaming project begins

Mark your calendar for Google summit

ITIP Ohio announces educator awards

Microsoft Office 365 Symposium debuts

Educational technology conference in February

Participants needed for professional education project

Teacher Showcase Project update

Professional Development Training

iPad Professional Development

Winter 2015 Professional Development Schedule

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