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National Semiconductor Awards Nearly $200,000 to Teachers for Lesson-Enhancing Internet Ideas

"Innovative Ideas Grants" Recognize Creative Ideas for Using Internet in Calif., Maine and Texas Classrooms

Sep 9, 2003

September 9, 2003 – National Semiconductor Corporation presented nearly $200,000 in “Innovative Idea Grants” today to 25 teachers/teaching teams in Calif., Maine and Texas recognizing their creative ideas using the Internet in their classrooms. 

National provided teachers with a cash award to purchase whatever is necessary to implement their Internet project such as technology hardware and software and peripherals such as scanners, printers and digital cameras.  Winning teachers also receive $4,000 worth of dedicated time from education technology experts to put their ideas into practice and can apply for $1,000 personal stipends when their projects are complete. 

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

MILPITAS - Carrie Cox and Elizabeth Lewis from Rancho Milpitas Middle School partnering with Shelley Schumaker from Thomas Russell Middle School: “What Did You Do in School Today?”
SAN JOSE - Faith Borges, Janice Felsoci and Susan LeBlanc from Los Alamitos Elementary: “A World of Wild Animals and a World to Access”
SAN JOSE - Kathleen Caputo from Montgomery School: “CyberKids: Respect for All”
SAN JOSE - James DeLong from Bret Harte Middle School: “The Anne Frank Wall”
SAN JOSE - Stephen Johnson from Central County Occupation Center: “Manufacturing Through the Use of Integrated Technology”
SANTA CLARA - Heidi Bruga, Christine Broers and Patricia White from Eisenhower Elementary: “Virtual City Tour”

BATH – Donna Smith from Fisher Mitchell School: “Eye on the World”
BOOTHBAY HARBOR – Cory Andrews, Eric Chamberlin and Jim Skiff from Boothbay Region Elementary: “Wildcat Press”
BREWER – Laurie Richards from Pendleton Street School: “These Are the People in My Neighborhood”
CASCO – Katherine Minigell and Ryan Palmer from Crooked River Elementary: “GreenTV”
CORNISH - Cyrene Slegona from Cornish School: “Newton’s Dance”
FARMINGDALE – Andrew Wallace from Hall-Dale High School: “Hall-Dale on the Trail”
OXFORD – Sharon Castonguay, Laurie Huff and Donna Kennison from Madison Avenue Elementary:
“Why Do We Need a Government…?”
POLAND – Don Moen and Andrew Wilbur from Bruce M. Whittier Middle School: “Simple Machines”
SOUTH PORTLAND – John Thurlow from Dora L. Small School: “Living Portfolios”
WESTBROOK - Nancy Gorneau, Marguerite Lawler-Rohner and Zimmerman Thorsten from Wescott Junior High: “A Sense of Identity and Place”
WISCASSET – Christina Chambers-Miller and Susan Kistenmacher from Wiscasset Middle School: “Classification and Monitoring of Pond Organisms”
WISCASSET - Jen Goodell, Lynn Morissette and Barbara Wyman from Wiscasset Primary School: “Wiscasset Local Government Comes Alive and Connects with the World!”
WISCASSET – Emily Thompson from Wiscasset Primary School: “Jazzing Up U.S. History”
YARMOUTH – Nancy March from Yarmouth Elementary: “Exploring Community Roots”
YARMOUTH – Sandy Warren from W.H. Rowe School: “The Wise Old Owl”

ARLINGTON - Kenyetta Barrett from Imogene Gideon Elementary: “I’m Learning from My Peers—Peer-to-Peer Teaching”
ARLINGTON - Nancy Boyer and Kay Davidson from J.B. Little Elementary: “Environmental Change: The Cryosphere”
MANSFIELD - Denielle Berryhill and Gema Padgett from Willie Brown Elementary: “Students Advancing to the Future”
MANSFIELD - Nancy Morgan from Mary Orr Intermediate School: “Annual Reading Academy Awards Presentation”

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. 

National's Innovative Idea Grants 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