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18 U.S. Schools Named Intel Schools of Distinction Finalists

18 U.S. Schools Named Intel Schools of Distinction Finalists

18 U.S. Schools Named Intel Schools of Distinction Finalists

Schools Honored for Science and Math Programs

  • 18 U.S. Schools Named Intel Schools of Distinction finalists
  • Awards for math and science excellence include cash, goods and services
  • 6 to be named Intel Schools of Distinction, 1 a "Star Innovator", in September

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corporation today named 18 U.S. schools as finalists in the 2010 Intel Schools of Distinction Awards.

The finalist schools, to be honored in September at an awards reception in Washington, D.C., serve as outstanding examples of leaders in preparing tomorrow's innovators.

Each of the 18 schools will receive a $5,000 award from the Intel Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C. in September, where 6 schools will be named Intel Schools of Distinction. These 6 schools will each win an additional $5,000 from the Intel Foundation and a package of goods and services valued at approximately $100,000. The packages will include hardware, software and teacher professional development products, all contributed by award sponsors who share Intel's commitment to improving and supporting math and science education in the United States.

One of the six schools will also be selected as "Star Innovator" and will receive $25,000 from the Intel Foundation, and additional prizes and services from sponsors.

Intel sponsors the Schools of Distinction Awards to honor schools for implementing innovative math and science programs and serving as models for other schools.

"It is essential that U.S. schools invest in math and science education," said Shelly Esque, vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs director, Corporate Affairs Group. "Because such investment is critical to maintain U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, the schools recognized as Intel Schools of Distinction are contributing in a significant way to preparing students for the future."

The Schools of Distinction honors schools in science that provide a rich science curriculum incorporating hands-on investigative experiences that prepare students for 21st century jobs. Programs encourage student achievement in sciences and engineering, while simultaneously helping students become knowledgeable consumers of news and data in order to be active and informed citizens. The Schools of Distinction honors schools in mathematics that offer their students a rigorous, challenging and engaging program that teaches mathematics skills and how to apply them to solve real-life problems, approach projects as a member of a team, and communicate succinctly on the subject.

The 18 finalist schools are:

Mathematics
Elementary
George Hall Elementary School, Mobile, AL
Lincoln Avenue Academy, Lakeland, FL
West Elementary School, Wamego, KS


Middle
Coppell Middle School North, Coppell, TX
M.S. 223 The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology, Bronx, NY
Richardson Prep Hi Middle School, San Bernardino, CA

High
Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC
Payton College Preparatory High School, Chicago, IL

Science
Elementary
Arlington Science Focus Elementary School, Arlington, VA
Crestview Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School, Baton Rouge, LA

Middle
Edison Computech Middle School, Fresno, CA
Number 28 School, Jersey City, NJ
Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, Roxbury, MA

High
Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden, CT
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA
West Geauga High School, Chesterland, OH

Intel's sponsorship of the Schools of Distinction Awards is part of the Intel® Education Initiative, a sustained public-private partnership with governments in more than 50 countries. Through this $100 million a year initiative, Intel delivers programs that improve the effective use of technology to enhance 21st century skills, and encourages excellence in mathematics, science and engineering.

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My friend Mike goes to Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, Ct. Ironically he's not exactly at the top of his math or science game. It's nice that Intel is doing this, maybe it will push other schools to jump start their programs as well. I wonder what criteria Intel is looking for though, in terms of "hands on" learning.

I know that many schools will just try and teach the curriculum, cover the standards provided by their state, and then give a final exam and move on. This is a major flaw in the High School education system. I know that at my school, even though we are one of the top schools in the country in terms of education and graduation percentage, that we don't have as much hands on experience as we should. At least not in the math and science courses offered here.

These schools listed above, according to Intel, are preparing these kids for the future. I don't know many schools that do that, but like I alluded at...I wish that the schools here would. Sure, we have economy classes that teaches us about the economy, but it doesn't teach us to balance the check book, or how to open up a credit card account. I think these things are important for children to learn because it's vital to survive college and so on.

What Shelly Esque said is right on, though. While I think that Language, Foreign Languages and Fine Arts are critical for high school students, I think the biggest area of concentration should really be math and science. The entire integrity of our future really depends on some bright minds that develop innovative software and hardware to further advance the human race. This is probably what Intel is pointing at when they choose these schools for these awards.

I hope other schools soon follow suit. Thanks Marco!

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This is good to see, as America must stay on the cutting edge, because China and Japan and other countries are pushing their children to greatness at a very young age. When I do have children, I would hope they would land in one of these premier schools as education is the key to success as we have all heard before. It is very good indeed to see the Science school Westdale Heights representing my home town of Baton Rouge, but congratulations goes out to all the schools on this list.

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AWW if only my school could of won... :D lol But congrats to them and helping us advance! they are our future! Lets see what we get out of them in 10-20 years (they should be out of school by then unless they decide for a better degree :D

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I agree on the frontier that China and Japan are our biggest competitors in the IQ department, but let's not go as extreme as their standards are for "honor."

Remember that one reason Japan has the highest suicide rate is because their standards are so high for everyone that some people just can't take it.

I think I remember that most Japanese teenagers don't have social lives because their entire teenage years consist of Math classes for regular school hours, and then an after school cram session that can last for 3 or 4 extra hours. I think that many families push this onto their kids as well.

The leniency may have increased over the last few years in terms of whats considered just and unjust methods of educating.

But yeah, congrats to all those schools =D

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Marius Malek:

I agree on the frontier that China and Japan are our biggest competitors in the IQ department, but let's not go as extreme as their standards are for "honor."

Remember that one reason Japan has the highest suicide rate is because their standards are so high for everyone that some people just can't take it.

I think I remember that most Japanese teenagers don't have social lives because their entire teenage years consist of Math classes for regular school hours, and then an after school cram session that can last for 3 or 4 extra hours. I think that many families push this onto their kids as well.

The leniency may have increased over the last few years in terms of whats considered just and unjust methods of educating.

But yeah, congrats to all those schools =D

 

But I heard that once you get into college, you basically have to try hard to fail.

I think that it just kind of snoballed into that. I feel that America is on the same path. When I was in school it didn't feel hard and there wasn't so much pressure. Not too many years later, I see a family friend taking advanced courses in middle school and then high school way earlier than I did. Not just that, but they took SAT prep courses so soon.

 

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I don't think it's a matter of America losing ground, but other countries rising. We live in a MUCH MORE globalized world and national boundaries, nationalities and ethnicities are getting blurred.

I hope that one day we consider ourselves humans first rather than American, French, German, Chinese, Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, Arab, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc.

Either way, this is a great move by Intel. A general emphasis on engineering and sciences is need if we as a world are going to overcome the impending energy and sustainability crisis.

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well i have never heard of this... Have fun to the school winners.

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Ya i never heard of this either till now too, but i know those students will have fun with their new technology! Lets just sit back and wait a few years to see what comes out of them :P...

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Man whats with the Japanese bashing?

I guess I shouldn't let my GF read this, because no matter the reviews, they still have a good sense of pride towards their country and people.

This is good that Intel is doing programs like this. When a company provides continued incentives for the future pioneers, I will always support them!

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