The BRAC Regional Task Force has announced that the N.C. Department of Commerce and the Division of Workforce Development (DWD) has awarded the BRAC RTF a grant totaling $800,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds received by the state of North Carolina. This grant award is part of Governor Perdue's JobsNOW initiative.
The grant award expands the technology in 11 pilot high schools and includes a fixed i3D theater, SMART board, video telepresence, HD cameras and connectivity with a distributive learning network via the Internet. Recipients of this technology will be: West Bladen High School, Pine Forest High School, Overhills High School, Hoke County High School, Southern Lee High School, East Montgomery High School, Union Pines High School, Richmond Senior High School, Lumberton High School, Lakewood High School and Scotland High School.
The BRAC RTF, in partnership with Fayetteville Technical Community College and NAVTech, has developed an innovative enhanced technology classroom that started with the placement of i3D theater systems in each of these high schools to enhance the learning environment in all science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subject areas. The i3D theaters were made possible by a grant from the GoldenLEAF Foundation last December.
Using this innovative technology in the region's classrooms has garnered recognition from the NC STEM Community Collaborative. The 11-county BRAC region is one of three communities in the state recognized as North Carolina's first STEM communities. The Enhanced Technology Classroom promotes a collaborative environment where fellow students have an opportunity to work with business professionals or master teachers to find new motivation to persist and excel in their learning.