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EIGHT CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS TO CONDUCT MATH/SCIENCE STUDIES THROUGH GTE CORPORATION GRANTS

 EIGHT CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS TO CONDUCT MATH/SCIENCE STUDIES
 THROUGH GTE CORPORATION GRANTS
 THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- So what do kids do all day in school, anyway? If they're students at Etiwanda High School in Etiwanda, they're doing a lot more than playing basketball and deciding what to wear to the prom.
 They will be following in the path of world leaders as they get ready to study practical and timely issues like the effects of acid rain, recycling metals, solar home design, food production, the world food supply, resource depletion and the energy content of fuels.
 "The Environmental Summit meetings in Rio is a clear indicator of the magnitude of the challenge we face," said Candace Cline, science teacher at Etiwanda. "As a team of teachers and students, we wanted to help in practical ways to solve problems of the environment, especially as they affect our community."
 Cline and Judy Peterson, a math teacher at Etiwanda, received $12,000 as one of eight teacher teams in California chosen to participate in GTE's GIFT (Growth Initiatives For Teachers) program. GIFT encourages excellence in mathematics and science education by providing money for professional development and educational enrichment for teacher teams responsible for grades 6-12.
 The eight California GIFT teams are part of a group of 61 teams of teachers from 30 states and the District of Columbia receiving grants totaling more than $700,000 for the 1992-1993 school year. (Editor's note at the end of this release has details on other California GIFT recipients.)
 Grant recipients were chosen based on detailed proposals they submitted that were judged by a panel of mathematics and science educators, guided by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, N.J., and the GTE Foundation in Stamford, Conn.
 "The GIFT program was established in 1983 to support and sustain excellence and innovation in the teaching of secondary math and science, and to provide recognition and new opportunities for outstanding, experienced teachers," said Jim Parrish, GTE vice president of public affairs for California.
 Parrish said the Etiwanda school project reflects one of GIFT's overall goals: to develop "critical thinking" skills in the students. Cline and Peterson said the students will use analytical, computational, teamwork and communications skills to conduct the various environmental experiments when the projects begin this fall.
 Some of the planned projects are: determining the pH of precipitation and soil samples in order to see what effects acid deposition has on plants and other materials; building a model to simulate the greenhouse effect; determining which fuels are more efficient based on mass use; calculating the number of calories needed daily by individuals, and relating that to world food supply and population; simulating an oak forest to determine average food production; modeling the depletion of a natural resource; and other specific experiments.
 Martha Kramer, the GIFT program's national manager, said many of the 143 applications received nationwide reflected concern for environmental and ecological problems.
 "However, the winning proposals were particularly successful in integrating math and science, showing the relevance of the proposed project to the school and its community, and in linking the professional development of the teachers with the school enrichment program."
 California GIFT teachers and their counterparts nationwide also will attend a seminar this summer conducted by GTE that will give the teachers an opportunity to meet with GTE scientists, tour laboratory facilities, attend presentations by prominent mathematics and science educators, and visit with government officials.
 The GTE Foundation, among the country's top 20 corporate foundations in annual contributions, provides financial support to numerous educational, scientific and charitable organizations in the United States and its possessions on behalf of GTE and its subsidiaries. GTE California is part of GTE's seven-state West Area, and serves 3 million customers in more than 300 communities in California.
 For more information about GTE California's involvement in education efforts, contact Anthony Hurtado in the Thousand Oaks headquarters' public affairs office, 805-372-6005.
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 /NOTE: In addition to Candace Cline and Judy Peterson at Etiwanda High School, the following teacher teams and schools in California received GIFT grants from GTE for the 1992-93 school year:
 Greta Thompson and L. Van Peterson of Pacific Shores High School in Manhattan Beach. They plan to design, build and analyze the performance of cars, boats, planes and rockets by using model kits to study Newton's Laws of Motion.
 Creig Nick and Don Land of Los Altos Intermediate School in Camarillo and their students will investigate the use of bacteria as a natural way to decompose organic matter rather than transferring organic wastes such as leaves to a landfill.
 Mike Walker and Mel Schram of Yucca Valley High School in Yucca Valley (Morongo) will work with the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Fish and Game in their battle to save the desert tortoise from extinction.
 Barbara Johnston and Robert Young at South Fork High School in Miranda will conduct a study of the atmosphere to show students how science and math are part of their daily lives.
 Laurie Rader and Diane Frost of M.H. Stanley Intermediate School in Lafayette will examine California's water situation in terms of quality, usage, contamination, purification and conservation.
 Dan Cartmell and Gary Scott of Phineas Banning High School in Wilmington will study population growth, genetics, population genetics, evolution of complex adaptations and evolution of ecosystems.
 Elisabeth Bates and Patricia Compeau of La Canada High School in La Canada and their students will experience the power of technology to solve problems and gain a global perspective by sharing data cooperatively with students in Germany.
 /CONTACT: Jaya Koilpillai of GTE California (24-hour Newsline), 800-227-5556/ CO: GTE California ST: California IN: TLS SU:


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