Havelock-area teachers rewarded for their Bright Ideas

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Karyn Suggs, teacher at Early College EAST in Havelock, reacts as she learns from Bill Ward of Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative that she has received a Bright Ideas grant. The cooperative gave out more than $23,000 in teacher grants last week.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 09:02 AM.

Karyn Suggs believes the best way to teach students about aerodynamics and motion is to let them experience it for themselves.

That’s why she was so excited to learn that she had received a Bright Ideas grant from the Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative and the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation.

“It’s everything I asked for,” she said, celebrating with a broad smile and a brief dance.

The $992 grant will help pay for materials for students to create wooden miniature cars powered by carbon dioxide cartridges and rockets made from plastic bottles.

“We didn’t know how we would do it, but now we can,” Suggs said of the project she called “The Science of Going Fast and Reaching New Heights” in her grant application.

Bill Ward and Lisa Taylor-Galizia, of Carteret-Craven, went around to area schools last week surprising teachers with the grant awards. In all, 36 teachers in Craven and Carteret counties received grants totaling $23,316. Ward said the grants would impact 4,450 students.

Suggs, who teaches at Early College EAST in Havelock, said the project was a success last school year and she knows it will be again this year.

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