IMSA has been named a 2009 Intel Schools of Distinction winner, taking the top honor for "science excellence" at the high school level. Each year, only one high school in the nation is the recipient of this prestigious recognition.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 5, 2009 – Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy, a high school in Aurora, IL named 1 of 18 finalists for the Intel Schools of Distinction in April, has been selected as one of three U.S. schools to receive award packages valued at more than $100,000 for science excellence.
This is in addition to $2,500 awards which have already gone to each of the 18 finalist schools from the Intel Foundation.
Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy is one of six schools – including one elementary, one middle and one high school in both Math Excellence and Science Excellence categories – selected to be honored for their extraordinary commitment to educational excellence and innovation. Each of these six schools will receive an additional $10,000 cash grant from the Intel Foundation and an award package including curriculum materials, professional development resources, hardware and software valued at more than $100,000 per school. Sponsors include SMART Technologies and Inspiration Software.
Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy was recognized for offering its students a rigorous, challenging and engaging program that teaches science skills and how to apply them to solve real-life problems, approach projects as a member of a team, and communicate succinctly on the subject.
The annual Intel Schools of Distinction program honors U.S. schools that demonstrate 21st century teaching and learning environments and implement innovative programs that inspire their students to excel in the areas of math and science. Schools compete for $1 million in grants and awards from the Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies.
Next up – Star Innovator Award
During September 13-15, 2009, representatives from the six winning schools will attend a series of events in Washington, D.C. beginning with a black tie Gala and concluding with an awards event on September 15 at which one school from this year's honorees will be named "Star Innovator."
The Star Innovator School will receive an additional $15,000 grant from the Intel Foundation as well as additional products and services from the sponsors, bringing the value of the Star Innovator award to more than $200,000.
The school winning this award must have a comprehensive program incorporating innovative and effective use of technology, engaging parents and the community in students' education, fostering professional development and teamwork, and delivering consistent achievement of high academic standards. For more information about the Intel Schools of Distinction, visit <http://www.schoolsofdistinction.com>www.schoolsofdistinction.com.
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The six U.S. schools selected to be honored for their extraordinary commitment to educational excellence and innovation.
The finalist schools in this category offer their students a rigorous, challenging and engaging program that teaches mathematics skills and how to apply them to solve real-life problems, approach projects as a member of a team, and communicate succinctly on the subject.
Finalist schools in this category are:
Cedar Park Elementary School - Trumann, AR
Urban Assembly for Applied Math and Science - Bronx, NY
Lynn English High School - Lynn, MA
The finalist schools provide a rich science curriculum incorporating hands-on investigative experiences that prepare students for 21st century jobs. Programs encourage student achievement in sciences and engineering, while simultaneously helping students to become knowledgeable consumers of news and data in order to be active and informed citizens. Finalist schools in this category are:
Oakcliff Elementary School - Doraville, GA
Palm Desert Middle School - Palm Desert, CA
Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy - Aurora, IL
More information is available at http://www.intel.com/education/schoolsofdistinction/winners.htm.