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2017-18 Excellence in Education Grant

Applications Due 12/08/2017

2016-17 Excellence in Education Grant Winners

3D Printer project_copyElkhorn City Elementary School

Elkhorn City’s grant money was used to acquire a 3D printer for their arts program. The arts program then partnered with other subject areas to combine art, science, math, social studies, technology, and practical living. Elkhorn City Elementary School has now begun the exploration of this latest innovative technology tool. Students have learned to measure angles, draw three dimensional objects, and transfer that information to the digital world to produce the shapes using the 3D printer. Their next step is utilizing the printer to create architectural projects, manufacture artifacts to gain a better understanding of ancient civilizations, and use the 3D printer in collaboration with a robotics project.

Robert Lounsberry, Elkhorn City Elementary educator, praises the 3D printer by saying, “The addition of the 3D printer to educational experiences at Elkhorn City Elementary School has brought a burst of enthusiasm to our students. I see eagerness to learn in the students, and they have a desire to add to what they have learned.”

BLHS_copy2Betsy Layne High School

Betsy Layne High School purchased 12 Finch robots with their portion of the grant money. These robots were used by the senior class in order to gain a better understand of programing and coding. This hands-on approach to learning allows students to see the different effects of each feature, including light and temperature sensors, multi-color lights, and varying speeds. Through this study, students will become familiar with block code and then transition to true text-based programming such as Java, JavaScript, Python, and others.

Kelly Boles, from the Betsy Layne Math Department, states, “My students have loved these robots. The students using these robots are seniors and the fact that they beg to learn something new and use the robots daily (one week before they graduate), I think, is the greatest praise of all.”

Dorton_copy10Dorton Elementary School

Dorton Elementary was also interested in acquiring technology to help students learn to code. They chose Ozobots. Ozobots allow children to work in groups to strengthen their problem solving abilities and their coding skills. They learn to collaborate with classmates and refine their coding knowledge in order to solve brain teaser activities. The classes have been incorporating writing, drawing, and social studies into the study of coding.

“Students are becoming well-rounded and successful learners,” says Johna Wright, Dorton Elementary first grade teacher.

Phelps Elementary School

Phelps Elementary School requested the grant money to purchase a Bee Bots Hive. The Bee Bots are used to encourage teamwork and assist in learning to identify different mathematical properties, such as relative value, counting money, probability, and multiplication. The Bee Bots can also be used in a number of other fields by using clear plastic toppers to customize the “bee mat”.

“The Bee Bots are an awesome way to introduce third graders to critical thinking and problem solving skills which will allow them to reach their full potential in a STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) environment classroom,” states Kari Mayhorn, Phelps Elementary third grade teacher.


Phelps Elementary School
Elkhorn City Elementary School
Dorton Elementary
Betsy Lane High School


Shelby Valley High School
Pike County Adult Education Program
Phelps High School Band
Christ Central Academy


Cowan Elementary School
Mullins School
Blaine Elementary School
Letcher County Central High School


Pikeville High School
Shelby Valley High School
Phelps Elementary School
Beaver Creek Elementary School


Christ Central Academy
Majestic-Knox Creek Elementary
Pikeville Elementary
Letcher County Central High School


Belfry Area Technology Center
Dorton Family Resource & YSC
Runyon Elementary School
St. Francis of Assisi School


Belfry Middle School
Bevins Elementary School
Pike Central High School
Pikeville High School


Christ Central Academy
Belfry High School
Southside Elementary
Shelby Valley High School YSC