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Twining School Receives Technology and Engineering Award

News Release                                                              

For Immediate Release

November 30, 2022

Twining School Receives Technology and Engineering Award

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School has been selected to receive the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's (ITEEA) 2023 Elementary Program Excellence Award for North Dakota.

The Program Excellence Award program is designed to recognize superior K-12 technology and engineering education programs worldwide. The award-winning programs serve as a standard for comparison and models for developing other programs.

In October 2022, Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School received a $500,000 grant from the United States Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). The grant provided the school with the college and career-ready resources necessary to successfully expand Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming, as well as provided opportunities for staff to receive professional development in STEM. 

“Twining has been fortunate to receive funding from a DoDEA grant to integrate STEM to enhance the curriculum,” said Principal Shari Bilden. “This grant has provided not only important resources but also research-based curriculum and professional development.”

ITEEA will recognize the school at its annual conference, to be held in Minneapolis from April 12-15, 2023.

“The DoDEA grant has been a game changer at Twining. We are teaching our students to use the knowledge and skills they are learning about science, technology, engineering, and math and apply that knowledge to solve real-world problems,” said Elizabeth Berger, instructional design coach at the school. “We are teaching them how to collaborate with others and practice critical thinking all while doing hands-on learning. We are preparing them for the future, regardless of what they decide to do as adults.”

ITEEA and its foundation, the Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators (FTEE) support the advancement of technology and engineering education. FTEE was established in 1986 and awards support programs that will produce models of excellence in technology and engineering teaching, create public awareness regarding the nature of technology and engineering education, and help technology and engineering teachers maintain a competitive edge in technology.