Thinking big can reap big rewards. Julie Schnedler had only taught sixth-grade science for a year at Mediapolis Community School in Mediapolis, Iowa, before entering her 66 students in the inaugural Disney Planet Challenge. It was a leap from her previous efforts to engage students on the environment.
Traverse City is located in Northern Michigan on Grand Traverse Bay, a protected waterway of Lake Michigan. This region is known for its spectacular natural beauty, and rolling, wooded terrain interrupted by acres of cherry orchards.
The Lakewood Public School district near Lansing, MI, was coping with transportation cuts and struggling with a cumbersome routing system based on outdated technology, so Transportation Director Greg Tobias started talking to other districts about what software they were using to manage bus routing.
Teachers at Western Heights Public Schools in Oklahoma are used to being ahead of the curve technologically. So when the federal government offered a chunk of stimulus money, the district used it to go to the next frontier in interactive learning—an integrated, intelligent classroom.