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Announcing the recipients of our Bright Ideas education grants December 2018
Announcing the recipients of our Bright Ideas education grants
December 2018

Bright Ideas education grants, sponsored by Randolph Electric and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, provide resources to educators for innovative, hands-on, classroom projects up to $2,000 that would not otherwise be funded. 

This year, Randolph Electric awarded a total of $12,000 to nine projects that will touch the lives of nearly 1,300 local students.

Proposals can come from any area of the curriculum. Projects must directly benefit students, provide ongoing benefits, and use innovative teaching methods. A panel of previous Bright Ideas grant winners and various counties’ teachers carefully reviewed and discussed each application before deciding on the following final awards. 

“We’re thrilled to award such dedicated and innovative educators with Bright Ideas grants,” said Kathleen Duckworth, communication and outreach specialist at Randolph EMC. “Their creative projects will enhance engagement within the classroom setting, help students think ‘outside the box’ and teach skills that will build students into strong leaders of the future.” 

Terry Maness Green Ridge Elem.

STEAM bins – $1,500

Terry Maness, Green Ridge Elementary

Funding will help make for a learning environment based on the needs of the whole child and not just focusing in on specific learning standards. Students will be able to weave together and to communicate their understanding of STEAM concepts throughout the school day.


Carrie Robledo Highfalls Elem.

Going Global with STEM – $1,500

Carrie Robledo, Highfalls Elementary

Second grade students will participate in Level Up Village’s course, Global Storybook Engineers.  In this course, together with their global partner, students will learn fables, stories and myths from different cultures, and then explore how they can re-engineer the outcome using household materials. 


Kathlee Gee Charles Mccrary

Rainbow Ukuleles – $1,347

Kathleen Gee, Charles McCrary Elementary

Using a color-coded system, students will be systematically taught the history and parts of the ukulele, how to tune, use fingerstyle, read music and play chords. 


Lee Waln West Middle

Makey Makey – $1,617 

Lee Waln, West Middle

Using a Makey-Makey board, students will use technology to interact with their environment in imaginative new ways.


Blakely Scearce 2

Sphero SPRK – $1,800

Blakely Scearce, Uwharrie Charter Middle

Students will learn programming with MacroLab and OrbBasic followed by multi-day STEAM challenges. These multi-day experiments foster creative problem-solving and teamwork. 


Stephanie Ross East Middle

Exceptional Children Greenhouse – $1,580

Stephanie Ross, East Middle

In addition to learning many hands-on skills in the greenhouse, students will work with developing peers who are trained to work with students with special needs in order to teach them things like social skills, following directions, cooperation and developing expectations together.


Lauren deSerres Chatham Central

LEGO Robotics Club – $760

Lauren deSerres, Chatham Central High

This club will give students a chance to explore robotics and coding.  Each week, students will be given a different engineering task to complete using the LEGO robotics curriculum. 


Chrissy Neelon Uwharrie Charter High

Fire and Fusion – $1,300

Chrissy Neelon, Uwharrie Charter High

Students will begin an Enameled Jewelry Unit by learning about how enameling was used by cultures in the past and how the process has advanced into the technological and scientific process that we use today.


Jennifer Walker Uwharrie Charter High

Mini Movie Masters – $600 

Jennifer Walker, Uwharrie Charter High

Students will write scripts, create scenes, characters, backgrounds and props, and finally put everything together into films. 


Learn more about the Bright Ideas Education Grant Program

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