Chambersburg Chamber Foundation awards grants to four teachers

October 14, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation recently awarded grants totaling nearly $18,000 to four teachers who use technology in innovative ways in their classrooms.

The teachers received the grants at the foundation’s annual luncheon at The Orchards restaurant.

Recipients are Linda Singley, Greencastle-Antrim High School, $4,832; Laura Oslik, Greencastle-Antrim High School, $4,715; Mathren Mellott, Fannett-Metal High School, $4,889; and James Olson, Franklin County Career and Technology Center, $3,390.

Singley’s chemistry and physics students will design a robotic device for problem solving and product engineering. They will experience all phases of product development, from concept to design to analysis and process improvement.

Oslik’s biology students will work cooperatively to produce a video that will study and analyze an animal of their choice, while describing at least five of the biological principals discussed during the semester and how they relate to their animal. Students will use technology to bring their findings to life. Video content will include the animals’ internal anatomy, habitat, interactions with other organisms and eating habits.

Mellott’s students will work in groups to design, build and program robots, providing an opportunity that integrates science, technology, engineering and math curriculum. Students will use computer-aided design to make detailed drawings of the robots and program functions.

Olson’s students will receive advanced precision machining training. They will use the most up-to-date technology in the industry.

The foundation, an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, received more than $50,000 in grant requests from throughout Franklin County, according to a news release.

Contributions by M&T Bank, Orrstown Bank and Waste Management provided funds for the current grant cycle.

To find out how your business can help support the work of the foundation, call Noel Purdy at 717-264-7101, ext. 207.

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