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Anecdotes from Adapters

Teaching lessons prior to Spring Break. I had a good feeling that students grasped the concepts of gravity’s effect on an object as well as the different paths of an objects motion. After returning from break, one of my students showed me that they were able to not only understand the concepts in context of the lesson but also apply it to a very different real-life situation. This student spent time in the Rocky Mountains skiing and sledding. She could not wait to tell me that she had recreated the different paths of motion down a snowy hill AND could see the path the tracks left in the snow. Then she added, “and my dad sledded faster than me because… well… gravity!” I was so thrilled to see that she had been able to synthesize the material and apply it in a different context. This showed me that she was able to master the ideas and not just memorize and repeat facts! – shared be an elementary school teacher

A Jewett Middle Academy teacher shared- “During a cross-curriculum study, students studied the history and relevance of Archimedes Principle of buoyancy and formula for density. Salt water was created using a specific formula then icebergs were introduced to the saline solution for observation. Students created waves with toilet plungers to show rough seas and the consequences. Students created icebergs and calculated percentage of ice above and below the water to prove the 10% Tip of the Iceberg theory.  Curiosity ran high regarding the Titanic tragedy. This curiosity gave me the opportunity to relate how pressure from media or the investors/owner who built the ship could influence some hasty and dangerous decisions. As a point of compassion, the shuttle tragedy of 1986 was used as a comparable situation where the engineers told NASA not to launch due to the very cold weather and ice hanging off the shuttle. Tragedy happened there, too. Hands on activities always increase the level of engagement and learning.”

Developer & Adapter Grant Recipients Announced!

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Developer Grant Recipients!

  • Kimberly Best, Combee CODE Academy
  • Holly Cordero, Ridgeview Global Studies Academy
  • Kasie Herndon, Dundee Ridge Middle Academy
  • Katherine Heter, Dundee Ridge Middle Academy
  • Mary Idsardi, North Wauchula Elementary
  • Theresa Johnson, Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary
  • Morgan Mercer, Clem Churchwell Elementary
  • Gloria Neel, North Wauchula Elementary
  • Nikki Ogozar, Davenport School of the Arts
  • Ashley Scott, Sleepy Hill Elementary
  • Kelly Stentz, Babson Park Elementary
  • Stacie Whaley, North Wauchula Elementary

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Developer Grant Recipients!

  • Laura Allgood, Phillip O’Brien
  • Melissa Benton, Sleepy Hill Elementary
  • Marcia Berger, Crystal Lake Middle School
  • Sarah Berzins, McKeel Academy Central
  • Jessica Booker, Valleyview Elementary
  • Atlantis Burek, McKeel Academy Central
  • Jennifer Burnett, McKeel Academy Central
  • Kelly Custer, McKeel Academy Central
  • Mary Deal, Alturus Elementary
  • Christina Edmiston, Sleepy Hill Elementary
  • Vivian Fry, McKeel Academy Central
  • Wendy Futch, McKeel Academy Central
  • Nicole Hutchins, Lake Alfred Elementary
  • Shannon Kearney, McKeel Academy Central
  • Cynthia Kuhlman, Highland City Elementary
  • Joanna Loya, Highlands Grove Elementary
  • Cari McCaulley, Dr. N.E. Roberts
  • Gretchen Martinez, McKeel Academy Central
  • Brandi Miller, McKeel Academy Central
  • Laura Northrop, Highlands Grove Elementary
  • Tamara Opalek, Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary
  • Julia Reckord, Valleyview Elementary
  • Jennifer Roseboom, Spessard Holland Elementary
  • Christina Sparkman, Alturus Elementary
  • Claire Straughn, Dundee Elementary
  • Heather Walters, Highlands Grove Elementary

Thank You to Sponsors, Vendors & Door Prize Contributors!

Program Sponsors

Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, GEICO, Publix Super Markets Charities, Hardee Co. Education Foundation, Mosaic, and the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

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Hardee County Education Foundation

Thank You to the following businesses for the door prize and goodie bag donations!

Bartow Regional Medical Center, Joanne’s, Publix, Firehouse Subs & more!