West Tech Ed Teacher receives Reach for the Stars Travel Grant

West Tech Ed Teacher receives Reach for the Stars Travel Grant

05/22/2014

Wausau West High School Students and Teacher head to Massachusetts Institute of Technology as one of fifteen schools across the nation to receive a $10,000 InvenTeam grant through the Lemelson-MIT Program.

Dreams really do come true as nine students and one teacher head to MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts June 19-22, 2014. They were selected from entries across the country through a program where student teams work to develop a prototype of a solution to a real world problem.

Wausau West students developed a semi-autonomous snow removal device. The culminating event for participating InvenTeams is EurekaFest, a multi-day celebration of Invention. While grant funding could be used for the purchase of materials and equipment relative to the development of the prototype, getting to MIT would have to be on their own. Area businesses jumped in to fund the students and a Wausau School Foundation provided a $500 travel grant to assist West Tech Ed Teacher, Theran Peterson.

Theran wrote:
The travel opportunity to the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology will have a profound effect on not only me, as a teacher, but certainly on the students as well. MIT, by almost any regard is considered the preeminient engineering and technology university in the world, and the opportunity to experience the campus culture, if only for a few short days is something not to be missed. Participating students and teachers will have the opportunity to tour the campus, attend lectures from distinguished faculty and alumni, and engage in activities fucused on developing creative, collaborative, design process thinking. Though this is the culminating event for a year-long grant cycle, the experiences will seve me well as a teacher as I come back to the Wausau School District and also my students as they transition to distinquished alumni of Wausau West High School.

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