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Tyler ISD Foundation provides solar boat grant to Hubbard

TYLER, May 9, 2013--The sunshine proved a welcome relief from wintry temperatures, and, with it, alternative energy for Hubbard technology students’ self-made boats.

 DeAnna Molloy, Hubbard instructor, received a grant from the Tyler ISD Foundation for the seventh consecutive year, for students in the Science Technology Engineering and Math classes at Hubbard Middle School. “I wanted our students at Hubbard to learn first-hand the effects of buoyancy and drag as well as how to design a boat to account for factors such as stability and load-bearing capacity”, said Molloy.

 The students designed and built their personalized solar-powered boats using a variety of hull designs and be able to analyze their boats’ wake pattern and the effects of the sun on the amount of power. “From the Foundation and our generous donors’ point of view, this captured the student’s interest and engineering abilities while learning about green energy,” said Larry Goddard, executive director of the Tyler ISD Foundation, Inc. “Over 500 students were impacted by this grant and we hear that their solar boat races were the culmination of all the draft board ideas—the solar boat races were on!”

“I enjoy doing projects that are special and not typically funded in our classroom budgets—these are the activities that prepare our students for the future, while having a great time in the present,” said Molloy.

Donations to the Foundation’s teacher grant program have largely come from an anonymous donor, the Junior League of Tyler, Inc., Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins and Mott, Bonnie and Tab Beall, and a long list of individuals and couples.

“We love the grant program within the Foundation,” explained Goddard.  “It combines collaboration between disciplines; it is approved by the administration and curriculum officials for positive impact; and our donors know exactly where their investment goes—we don’t pull any kind of ‘management fee’—all of the designated dollars go to the classroom and campuses.”

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