April 19, 2000 5 min read

From Federal Sources:

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20531

Nine states have been selected to share more than $6 million from a grant program, administered by the department’s office of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, that is designed to help children exposed to violence. The 66-month initiative, called Safe Start, will provide funding so that the selected communities can coordinate the efforts of law-enforcement agencies, mental-health professionals, and child-protective-service providers. The grantees are:

California. City and County of San Francisco: $670,000. Connecticut. City of Bridgeport: $670,000. Florida. Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, Pinellas Park: $66,584. Illinois. City of Chicago, Department of Public Health: $670,000. Maine. Maine Department of Human Services, Augusta: $669,900. New York. Monroe County Health Department, Rochester: $669,465. North Carolina. Chatham County, Pittsboro: $670,000. Washington. Washington State University, Spokane: $670,000.

In addition, the office awarded $670,000 to each of three sites for a two-year period to improve services for children exposed to violence. The grantees are:

Florida. Florida Supreme Court (will serve the Miami area), Tallahassee. Louisiana. Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans. New Jersey. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark.

From Corporate Sources:

Toshiba America Foundation
1261 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10050

Aerospace. To help 90 7th grade aerospace-science students construct radio-controlled airplanes that will allow them to experience the physics related to flight: $2,480 to Pioneer Middle School, Walla Walla, Wash.

Astronomy. To enable 30,000 students of all ages to learn about astronomy and the nighttime sky through a mobile planetarium that will support teachers in their instruction: $24,000 to the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario.

Biology. To enable 175 10th to 12th grade biology and physics students to work with field scientists from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to collar swans with remote transmitters in order to track their movement via satellite on the Internet: $10,500 to Bountiful High School, Bountiful, Utah.

Earth science. To help 210 7th graders study plate tectonics, meteorology, and oceanography through the use of a portable planetarium: $6,660 to Maryvale Middle School, Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Environmental education. To enable more than 500 high school students from 12 Mexican schools in the lower Rio Grande area to work on a collaborative project with Project del Rio, a binational environmental education program, in monitoring the water quality in the Rio Grande River: $19,800 to Project Del Rio/The Tides Center, Las Cruces, N.M.

Environmental science. To help 60 high school students calculate the water-quality index in a local creek by collecting, identifying, and analyzing the types of macroinvertebrates found there, and then share their experiences with elementary school students: $6,420 to Mitchell Senior High School, Mitchell, S.D.

Marine science. To enable 1,200 middle and high school students to take part in the development of an earth and marine center, and to study bioacoustics, underwater geosciences, sound and energy, intertidal systems, and invertebrate zoology: $22,770 to the Ocean Institute, Dana Point, Calif.

Math. To help 200 algebra, trigonometry, and calculus students increase their ability to perform mathematical calculations without the use of a calculator by learning to use a slide-rule: $2,060 to Hermitage High School, Hermitage, Ark.

Math. To enable 60 advanced-algebra students to participate in a series of experiments and laboratory activities designed to improve their long-term retention of algebra concepts and applications: $2,530 to Wendell High School, Wendell, Idaho.

Math and science. To enable 70 middle and high school mathematics and science students to increase their comprehension of geometry, algebra, chemistry, biology, and physical science with the assistance of visual technology: $11,160 to Battle Creek Academy, Battle Creek, Mich.

Physiology. To help 150 exercise students to learn about the effects of exercise on the respiratory system by monitoring their own lung capacity and oxygen utilization: $4,950 to Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School, Bridgewater, N.J.

Robotics. To enable more than 90 8th graders to learn more about mathematics, physics, and technology as they relate to building, programming, and using robots to solve scientific problems: $3,440 to McLoughlin Middle School, Milwaukee, Ore.

Science. To enable 100 7th and 8th grade science students to learn and utilize the scientific method by obtaining, culturing, counting, and identifying bacteria from sand located in various shore environments and present their findings to community associations and water-treatment officials: $7,790 to Millwood School, Midlothian, Va.

Science. To establish a lab with educational software and one instructional computer that will make tools, material, media, and technological resources accessible to more than 500 high school science students: $5,210 to the Berlin-Milan Local Schools, Milan, Ohio

Science. To help more than 400 high school biology and chemistry students integrate technology into their laboratory and field experiments through the use of calculator-based laboratory systems: $6,980 to Shoreham-Wading River High School, Shoreham, N.Y.

Science. To enable 750 7th and 8th graders and 600 9th graders to perform more in-depth and hands-on study of astronomy and biology through the purchase of a Starlab System, a portable teaching environment that can be brought into the classroom: $11,950 to South Jones High School, Ellisville, Miss.

Science. To enable 75 8th graders to participate in hands-on interdisciplinary explorations in environmental and physical sciences: $9,330 to Summit Middle School, Boulder, Colo.

Science. To help 30 high school students design, engineer, construct, and test an alternative fuel vehicle: $2,500 to Caledonia High School, Caledonia, Mich.

Wildlife conservation. To help 100 8th grade earth science students study the horseshoe crab and other invertebrates to gain understanding of how geological time scale and climate affect the rise and fall of animals: $11,780 to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium in Brooklyn, New York City.

A version of this article appeared in the April 19, 2000 edition of Education Week