Teachers, what would you do with $25,000 in technology upgrades?
ORAU’s Extreme Classroom Makeover hopes to answer that question for a deserving public school teacher within a 50-mile radius of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The mission of Extreme Classroom Makeover is to improve STEM education in public schools. The competition will award one 3rd through 10th grade math or science teacher with $25,000 in new equipment to update their classroom with the latest technology. A runner-up will receive $5,000 in new equipment. There will also be a $2,500 viewers’ choice award selected by the general public from among all entries received.
ORAU launched Extreme Classroom Makeover in 2008 to help improve STEM education in public schools across East Tennessee. The concept played off of home makeover shows that were trendy at the time—one teacher, one classroom and $25,000 in new technology.
In the years since, particularly since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, technology has proven to be a vital part of the education experience for students. Still, some schools do not have the budgets to keep pace with changing technology. Keeping up with current demands seems like a luxury.
That’s where Extreme Classroom Makeover can help.