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Toshiba America Foundation awards Warwick Valley Central School District $5,000 science grant

on August 16, 2016

Program funds educational projects that demonstrate passion for “making science and mathematics more engaging” for students

image of a DNA strandThe Warwick Valley Central School District has received a grant for $5,000 from the Toshiba America Foundation to pay for a science program at the middle school called “Warwick CSI: Bringing Science to Life.”

Fewer than 100 school districts nationwide are awarded this grant each year.

“This program will engage our seventh-graders in science learning as they act as medical detectives,” said Warwick middle school science teacher Tracey Waters, who was instrumental in writing the grant application.

“Warwick CSI: Bringing Science to Life” is planned as a 10-week program during which students will participate in exciting hands-on projects. They’ll gather information to make medical diagnoses, and ultimately solve a fictitious murder mystery.

Based on the national, research-based “Medical Detective” curriculum produced by the non-profit Project Lead the Way, “Warwick CSI: Bringing Science to Life” will engage students in science through problem-based, real-world scenarios, resulting in greater learning and interest in the subject than typically experienced with traditional teaching from a textbook. The District will take this year to plan and pilot the implementation and will begin the program in the 2017-18 school year.

“We’re excited to receive the funding to make this program a reality at the middle school,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Services Mr. James Yap. “The engaging and interactive activities should result in a deeper knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. The program will provide students an opportunity to practice teamwork and deepen their skills in many areas such as data analysis.”


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