Kim Bowen Receives CapEd Grant
Once a month Capital Educators awards a grant to Idaho teachers that find a unique way to get students involved in learning. Kuna High School biology teacher Kim Bowen was awarded the Capital Educators grant to fund a project for her ornithology class. Ornithology is the study of birds and as part of the class Ms. Bowen is teaching students about the physics of flight.
The grant will help cover costs of her students building "ornithopters." An ornithopter is a device made from wood and rubber-bands that flaps its wings like a bird. The goal is for students to learn about the aerodynamics of flight and use the concepts of lift, drag, thrust, and weight to make the machine fly.
At the end of the project the class will have a competition to see which ornithopters fly the farthest and stay in flight the longest. Sarah Foote, Community Education Specialist for CapEd, awarded the grant to Ms. Bowen noting that Capital Education thought the idea of an ornithopter was very creative.
KHS Principal Karla Reynolds stated that "Kim is an innovative, energetic teacher! Her students thrive under her enthusiastic classroom leadership!"
In order to receive the grant teacher must submit an application outlining the specifics of what funds will be used for. Teachers can only win once per year, but several teachers in the same district can receive a grant. Our other amazing teachers can find the application by following this link
Congratulations to Ms. Bowen and her ornithology students!