Pryor schools to get laptops
PRYOR — Google recently awarded Pryor Public Schools an $80,000 grant to fund a new program that is designed to provide each student with a laptop. This is the fourth grant awarded to the district, bringing the total amount awarded to $192,000. The Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of the Tides Foundation grant, along with a match of $85,000 from the school district, supplied 600 Chromebook laptops to the school to be used by students in the sixth, seventh and 10th grades. “This program represents a paradigm shift in learning for our students and teachers,” Pryor Superintendent Don Raleigh said. Students check out a laptop at the beginning of the school year, and it stays with them until the end of the year. Raleigh said that allows teachers to engage in a different way. “We are proud to have such an innovative and forward-thinking school district in our data center community,” said Mike Wooten, operations manager for the Google data center in Pryor. “Pryor Schools continues to demonstrate its commitment to its students through technology access, and we are glad to be a part of it.”
OU Research campus honored
NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma Research Campus has been named the nation's top research park for 2013 by the Association of University Research Parks. “The University is honored to receive this prestigious award,” said OU President David L. Boren. The 18th Annual Association of University Research Parks Awards of Excellence recognize the achievements of outstanding research parks and industry veterans. In less than a decade, the 277-acre OU Research Campus has been transformed from an empty field to a thriving economic engine shaped by a community of public-private sector collaborations in nearly 1 million square feet of occupied space representing $300 million in investment. Today, the Research Campus brings together 1,700 workers in a mutually beneficial environment. The National Weather Center, a 257,000 square-foot facility that opened in 2006, anchors the OU Research Campus on the south. The center houses both academic and federal groups. The 260,000 square-foot Stephenson Research complex houses cutting-edge research in fields including robotics, genomics, bioengineering and the OU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, which includes a National Institutes of Health-funded structural biology program. A series of five “Partners Place” buildings, totaling 362,000 square feet, enable public and private sector collaboration in various fields.
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