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STEM Grant Cycle Press Release

The Lawrence County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of their Advancing Out-of-School STEM Learning grant cycle.  Eight Lawrence County schools and organizations will receive awards totaling over $30,000.

The STEM grant cycle is made possible by a $25,000 grant from Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc.  to support learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Additional funding is being provided by the Lawrence County Community Foundation education endowment fund.  To qualify for funding, the STEM programs must occur outside of the traditional school day and promote opportunities for hands-on learning.

The awards range from $800 to $11,100 and include a 3:1 matching grant challenge to LC STEAM.  For every $1 the group raises, the Community Foundation will match it with $3, up to a total of $11,100.   Lisa Starr, Finance/Grants Coordinator of the Lawrence County Community Foundation, encourages the STEM community to support LC STEAM as they fundraise.  “It is so important that we engage our youth in interesting, educational activities such as those provided by LC STEAM.”  She added, “We had many terrific proposals; I’m hopeful these grants will help strengthen the future workforce in Lawrence County.”

The proposals were evaluated by a committee of experienced grant and STEM professionals.  Grantees and project names follow:

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County Science Craze
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County STEAMology
FRC Team 5403 Roboboosters Inc Robotic Programs Build Fund
Hatfield Elementary School Hatfield STEM
Lawrence County 4-H Council STEAM Sewing SPARK Club
NLCS VEX Robotics Teams Gearing Up for Success
North Lawrence Career Center Functional 3D Design Workshop for Children’s Therapy
North Lawrence Career Center STEM 3D Printer Camp
North Lawrence Career Center STEM Discover Drone Programming Camp
Purdue Extension – Lawrence County STEM Learning Kit
LC STEAM STEAM Makerspaces

For information on how to help Lawrence County through the Lawrence County Community Foundation, call Hope Flores at (812) 279-2215.

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Bedford, Indiana, Teacher Recognized as PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year

North Lawrence Career Center’s Frank Decker selected as National Exemplary Educator

ORLANDO (Oct. 24, 2017) – Frank Decker from North Lawrence Career Center in Bedford, Indiana, received the highest honor given to Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering teachers – PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year – Monday at PLTW’s national conference – PLTW Summit 2017.

PLTW recognized Decker in front of nearly 2,000 attendees, including teachers from across the United States. PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram presented the award. In addition to the PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year award, PLTW recognized four other PLTW educators as PLTW program teachers of the year for their outstanding commitment to empowering students to thrive in our evolving world.

“We are grateful to our teachers for their commitment to inspiring and empowering their students with the knowledge and transportable skills needed to thrive in our ever changing world,” said Bertram. “The PLTW Teachers of the Year are leaders in their classrooms and across the PLTW teaching community, and are inspiring the next generation of innovators. Frank is a model PLTW Engineering teacher.”

Decker is known by his colleagues for his desire to help shape the lives of his students. After a 30-year career as an engineer at General Motors, his passion for reaching kids led him to a second career in teaching. He works tirelessly to bring industry experiences to his students, and he serves on a state committee striving to obtain dual credit for PLTW students.

Through the PLTW Engineering program he instructs, Decker engages high school students in collaborative, real-life activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. As students work together to imagine and design solutions to local and global challenges, they test their limits and question what’s possible. Decker empowers his students to push themselves to rework and refine their projects, in the process learning that both failure and perseverance are key to learning and innovation.

PLTW Summit 2017 is the premier gathering for the PLTW network – a group dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills they need to succeed in college and career. The event featured keynotes by generational expert Matt Beaudreau and Leah Jewell, managing director of career development and employability at Pearson; dozens of presentations by PLTW students from across the country; and more than 250 interactive workshops, many of which provided educators the opportunity to earn continuing education units. Chevron was the title sponsor for PLTW Summit 2017.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science,

engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. More than 10,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information, visit pltw.org.




Amy Osborne, MD


Dr. Amy Osborne has joined the St. Vincent Medical Group at their Bedford location. She is an experienced OB/GYN and sees women of all ages. She also delivers babies at The BirthPlace at St. Dunn Hospital. Dr. Osborne received her undergrad from the University of British Columbia and her medical degree from the Saint James School of Medicine, Bonaire, Netherland, Antilles. She is currently accepting new patients and will have offices in Bedford and Salem.

St. Vincent Medical Group

2516 Q Street

Bedford, IN 47421



Matthew Main, MD

Family Medicine & Obstetrics

St. Vincent Medical Group welcomes Dr. Matthew Main to their Lawrence and Washington county locations. Dr. Main focuses on family medicine with an emphasis in normal and high-risk obstetrics. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University and completed his family medicine residency with Community Health Network, Indianapolis. Dr. Main also completed an obstetrics fellowship with Medico Para la Familia in Memphis, TN. Dr. Main is accepting new patients and has offices in Mitchell and Bedford.

2516 Q Street

Bedford, IN 47421