SWEETWATER (WATE) – Thousands of dollars worth of new technology is coming to Brown Intermediate School in Sweetwater.
The school won the Extreme Classroom Makeover sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a company that specializes in science and research education.
Charlie Arp loves teaching fifth graders at the school, but he says outdated technology makes it tough for hands on learning and keeping up with the latest trends. The school doesn’t have the money for new equipment, so he entered the contest. His class made a Vimeo video explaining why they need a technology makeover.
“Please donate today, as you know technology can change lives,” Arp says in the video.
Students gathered for an assembly Wednesday for what they thought was to talk about a behavior issue, but it was the surprise announcement that Arp and his class won the $25,000 contest.
Arp says part of the money will go to buy 25 iPads so every student in his class can have one to keep at school.
“I’ll be using this every day. It won’t be a part, it will be the classroom,” Arp said.
“We wanted a class set of iPads so everybody can have one to work with,” student Maggie Lindsey said.
ORAU President Andy Page says the goal of this program is getting students interested in science and math at a young ago.
“The biggest impact you can make is in elementary and middle school kids to get them inspired in the use of technology and the use of STEM type of education,” Page said.
Page says they will go back to the school in August to reveal the new technology. The company started the annual contest in 2009. It’s open to elementary and middle schools within 50 miles of Oak Ridge.