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National Semiconductor Awards $100,000 to Teachers for Lesson-Enhancing Internet Projects

Internet Innovator Awards Reward Creative Use of Internet in Classroom

Oct 21, 2003

October 21, 2003 - National Semiconductor Corporation presented $100,000 in cash awards to teachers/teaching teams in California, Maine and Texas recognizing their creative projects using the Internet in their classrooms. 
National gave $10,000 cash awards to ten teachers/teaching teams recognizing the effective ways they are using the Internet in their classrooms.  The award money is for teachers’ personal use and does not have to be spent in the classroom.

The Internet Innovator Award winners were:


  • Casey McCullough, Bellarmine College Preparatory High School (San Jose): "Make a Difference: Earth Week Web Page." Student teams developed web sites that analyzed the environmental consequences of every-day choices.
  • Kate Rivera, Camp Glenwood Court School (La Honda): "Broken Silence: Masks, Myths and Poetry." Students made ceramic masks and wrote myths as inspired by their creations. They created a Web site, so the public could view their masks and myths in a virtual gallery.
  • Linda Rodriquez, James Logan High School (Union City): "Cultural Math: Journey to the Root of Mathematics." High schoolers developed a Web site for a new cultural math course and created Web pages covering the math of Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East.


  • Neil Battagliese, Memorial Middle School (South Portland): "Are We Alone?" Middle schoolers researched university Web sites and conversed with astronomers and scientists to gather professional insight into questions not answered by textbooks.
  • Geraldine Crocker, Karen Fancher and Catherine Medd, Poland Regional High School (Poland): "Historic Architecture of the Knights." Students used their geometry, research, writing and Web-building skills to create a virtual tour of old homes and buildings in their community.
  • Melissa Noack, Yarmouth High School (Yarmouth): "The Classroom in the Community." Students explored their town’s heritage and built a partnership with the community through the process of designing a Yarmouth town flag.
  • Julia O'Brien-Merrill and Susan Woodhams, Robert P.T. Coffin Elementary School (Brunswick): "Coffin School Multilingual Student Handbooks and Word Game." Bilingual students wrote a handbook and created presentations and Web pages in multiple languages for future students.


  • Kelly Frankum, Summit High School (Arlington): "Global Connections -Connecting to Our Elected Representatives and the Community." Students chose a topic and became an "expert," facilitated a discussion on a message board and communicated with government officials in an attempt for them to respond.
  • Leanne Ingram, Willie Brown Elementary School (Mansfield): "Texas." Fourth graders used various electronic tools and systems such as Power Point, Excel, the Web and email to research and teach others about Texas.
  • Kellye Vandergriff, Mansfield High School (Mansfield): "The State of State Estuaries." Biology students learned skills for collaboration and community involvement via the Internet as they studied water-quality testing and published web pages showing their results.

An independent panel of judges, experts in education technology, reviewed the applications and selected all winners. 

Since 1998, National has provided over $2 million to teachers in California, Maine and Texas recognizing their creative use of the Internet in the classroom.  The Internet Innovator Awards were made through the company’s charitable foundation.  Despite the economic downturn, National has been able to provide substantial grants to its community partners through its foundation, which National launched in August 2000 to support education and address critical community needs. 

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital technology, the company is focused on analog-based semiconductor products, which include stand-alone devices and subsystems in the areas of power management, imaging, display drivers, audio, amplifiers and data conversion. The company targets key markets such as wireless, displays, PCs, networks and a broad range of portable applications. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $1.67 billion for its most recent fiscal year. Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com