IND Science Teacher Gets National Award for Excellence

This summer, Institute of Notre Dame students will bicycle through Maryland gathering data about the state's environmental challenges and how they are being met.
April 2, 2004--Terrence Grant, a science teacher from the East Baltimore's Institute of Notre Dame, has received a grant of $8,900 for excellence and innovation in science education for his program focusing on environmental history. Grant was one of 50 U.S. teachers to receive the prestigious award on April 1 at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Convention in Atlanta. The award is funded by the Toyota TAPESTRY program and administered by NSTA.

Using Grant's program, Institute of Notre Dame high school students examine the impact of urban development on Maryland's natural resources as they bicycle across the state this summer. Students will collect samples and interview environmental groups and water quality experts. They will also meet with local advocacy groups and long-time residents to assess how development has changed the environment over the last several decades.

Once students compile and analyze their data, the results will be recorded onto a CD that will be offered to Maryland educators interested in the state's changing environment.

"Terrence's program exposes students to an extremely current and relevant issue, the impact of development on natural resources," said Michael Rouse, corporate manager of philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota. "His program exemplifies the spirit of the Toyota TAPESTRY grant, which is to foster creative and novel ways of presenting science."

Grant has been a teacher for the past 10 years.

The Toyota TAPESTRY program is the largest K-12 science teacher grant program in the US. It awards grants to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers each year for projects that demonstrate creativity, involve risk-taking, and possess a visionary quality. Projects are selected from three critical areas: environmental and physical science, and science applications that promote literacy. Fifty grants of up to $10,000 are awarded each year, along with a minimum of 20 mini-grants of up to $2,500 each year.

For more information about the TAPESTRY program, visit the company's website at toyota.com.

NSTA's current membership includes more than 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

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This story was published on April 6, 2004.