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National Semiconductor Awards $100,000 to Schools, Teachers for Hands-On Science Ideas

-- Science in Action Grants Recognize Plans to Enhance Science Learning

Feb 2, 2007

February 2, 2007 – National Semiconductor Corporation presented $100,000 in grants to 21 schools and teachers/teaching teams recognizing their creative ideas for enhancing curriculum through hands-on science projects.  Through its charitable foundation, National presented the awards to schools and teachers in Calif., Maine and Texas, U.S. locations where the company has a major presence.
National provided each teacher’s project with a cash award to purchase whatever was necessary –e.g. water testing kits, soil materials and forensic kits-- to implement his/her winning idea.  National presented the grants through its Science in Action initiative, a program developed in 2005 to encourage inquiry-based science projects in the classroom.  When students develop hypotheses, create their own experiments and then record and present their findings, it helps them better absorb information. 

An independent panel of judges, experts in education technology, reviewed the Science in Action applications and selected the winners.  The winning teachers and their projects are:


  • Heather Wilhalm, Karen McGough and Debra Shaw from Lakewood Elementary in Sunnyvale: “California Garden”
  • Jennifer Auten from Montclair Elementary in Los Altos: “Differentiating the Study of Plants and Animals”
  • Casey O’Hara from Carlmont High in Belmont: “Implementing a Physics Modeling Curriculum”
  • Jeff Betz from Vargas Elementary in Sunnyvale: “It’s the Inside that Counts: A Hands-On Anatomy Unit”
  • Kathleen Caputo from Smith Elementary in San Jose: “Rock Them! Shock Them!...Into Loving Science”
  • Brenda Hough and Cheri Kinkhorst from Baldwin Elementary in San Jose: “Super Science Saturdays”
  • Michel Ignoffo from English Middle in Los Gatos: “The Egg Drop Challenge”
  • Carol Hagen from Sheppard Middle in San Jose: “Understanding Your Body”
  • Jennifer Shirts from Silver Oak Elementary in San Jose: “Wind Power: Yesterday and Today”


  • Chris Hill, Shirley Willis and Alice Barr from Yarmouth High in Yarmouth: “A Photographic Environmental Journal”
  • Ann Hemming from Bath Middle in Bath: “Cirque de Solar”
  • Michelle Miclette and Marianne Anthony from Boothbay Region Elementary in Boothbay Harbor: “Plants Aplenty”
  • Laurette Darling and Donna Richardson from Albert S. Hall  in Waterville: “Science Inquiry Cart”
  • Monica Wright and Steve Richard from Bath Middle in Bath: “Solar Power”
  • Peter Hill from King Middle in Portland: “Solving the Probe-Lem”


  • Christine Ott, Leigh Ann Phillips and Laurie Ballenger from Dunn Elementary: “Inside/Out” Lab
  • Heidi Bush, Nicole Keith, Margaret Minyard and D’Ann Haffner from Beth Anderson Elementary: “Earth Science Extravaganza”
  • Stephanie Hudson and Sue Wilhide from Pope Elementary: “Teaching with Telescopes”
  • Kellye Vandergriff and Glenda Kramer from Mansfield High: “Trials of Life: Forensics in the Biology Classroom”
  • Brenda Glass, Stephanie Royal, LeeAnn Brothers, Rick McCase, Stephanie Alexander and Bonnie Liakos from Mary Jo Sheppard Elementary: “Discovery on the Road”
National’s Science in Action Initiative augments the company’s long-standing effort to encourage hands-on education projects and technology learning.  Through its charitable foundation, National has provided over $6 million to schools and teachers for science, math and technology programs. 
More information about National’s Science in Action Initiative can be found at

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor, the industry's premier analog company, creates high-value analog devices and subsystems.  National's leading-edge products include power management circuits, display drivers, audio and operational amplifiers, interface products and data conversion solutions. National's key analog markets include wireless handsets, displays and a variety of broad electronics markets, including medical, automotive, industrial, and test and measurement applications. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $2.16 billion for fiscal 2006, which ended May 28, 2006.  Additional company and product information is available at www.national.com