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Bartow building going Solar

Bartow building going Solar

Bartow, FL -- They don't call us the "Sunshine State" for nothing.

Starting in September, several of Bartow's municipal buildings will be fitted with solar panels which city officials estimate could save around $15,000 a year in energy costs.

The project is being funded by a 2009 stimulus grant. Bartow only has to pay to insure the panels, which are provided by DCS Energy.

Teachers’ space camp culminates with Kennedy Center VIP field trip

Teachers’ space camp culminates with Kennedy Center VIP field trip

A group of Polk County teachers, staff and a school district bus driver got a VIP Kennedy Space Center tour this summer as part of a teacher professional development program.  They visited the Kennedy Center in Cape Canaveral to culminate the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s summer camp for educators held in Lakeland. 

Gallery: Kennedy Center VIP field trip

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center, headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, holds summer space camps for teachers featuring lessons and activities linked to national science, math and technology standards. Teachers take interactive techniques from space camp and implement them in their classrooms.

Teachers’ space camp culminates with Kennedy Center VIP field trip

Teachers’ space camp culminates with Kennedy Center VIP field trip

A group of Polk County teachers, staff and a school district bus driver got a VIP Kennedy Space Center tour this summer as part of a teacher professional development program.  They visited the Kennedy Center in Cape Canaveral to culminate the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s summer camp for educators held in Lakeland. 

Gallery: Kennedy Center VIP field trip

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center, headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, holds summer space camps for teachers featuring lessons and activities linked to national science, math and technology standards. Teachers take interactive techniques from space camp and implement them in their classrooms.

Teachers’ space camp culminates with Kennedy Center VIP field trip

Teachers’ space camp culminates with Kennedy Center VIP field trip

A group of Polk County teachers, staff and a school district bus driver got a VIP Kennedy Space Center tour this summer as part of a teacher professional development program.  They visited the Kennedy Center in Cape Canaveral to culminate the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s summer camp for educators held in Lakeland. 

Gallery: Kennedy Center VIP field trip

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center, headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, holds summer space camps for teachers featuring lessons and activities linked to national science, math and technology standards. Teachers take interactive techniques from space camp and implement them in their classrooms.

Lawton Chiles Middle Academy represents Polk at national science events

Lawton Chiles Middle Academy represents Polk at national science events

Lakeland’s Lawton Chiles Middle Academy represented Polk at two high-level national science competitions held in June. The advisor to both Lawton Chiles groups was teacher Debbie Viertel.

Chiles was one of eight schools nationwide chosen to participate in 2011 National Championship Week of the Pennsylvania-based Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation science education program.

Representing Chiles at this event were Kavi Saxena, Neel Shah and Abhinav Venigalla. Kavi, Neel and Abhinav were all eighth graders at Chiles in 2010-2011.

Aerospace expert named State Air Force Association Teacher Of The Year, National Runner-Up

Aerospace expert named State Air Force Association Teacher Of The Year,  National Runner-Up

Lakeland, Florida -- The accolades continue to pour in for Central Florida Aerospace Academy science teacher Lori Bradner.

Lori, one of Polk’s most celebrated teachers, was honored as the Air Force Association’s (AFA)  2011 Florida Teacher of the Year during an event on Saturday, July 9 in Ocala.  Lori earned the state title after being named both the AFA’s Polk County and Central Florida Teacher of the Year earlier in 2011.  The Central Florida AFA  chapter includes the counties of Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole.

In addition, at the Ocala event, Lori learned that she was runner-up for the national AFA Teacher of the Year.

Her local, regional, state and national AFA Teacher of the Year honors have earned her nearly $5,000, complimentary Civil Air Patrol memberships, a personalized flight jacket and other gifts.