MOULTONBOROUGH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) has announced that Moultonborough School District is the winner of the "What's not to 'Like'? Facebook Technology Grant Contest." The $3,000 grant will be used by Moultonborough Academy's Technology Education Department to purchase a 3D printer.
Over the summer, MVSB reached out to local school administrators and asked how they could benefit from an additional $3,000 in technology resources. The Bank received responses from five school districts: Gilford, Governor Wentworth Regional, Inter-Lakes, Laconia and Moultonborough. These submissions were posted on MVSB's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MeredithVillageSavingsBank) for a two-month voting period. Throughout the contest Moultonborough and Inter-Lakes competed closely for the lead and in the final week Moultonborough pulled ahead to win.
Moultonborough School District entered the contest hoping to be able to provide their high school's Technology Education Program with a 3D printer. The Technology Education program at Moultonborough Academy has a strong foundation in engineering and emphasizes the process of problem solving and critical thinking to help students prepare for further education and career opportunities in engineering fields.
Students take on a variety of problems and go through the process of research, planning, prototype development, production and sales. Many of the projects taken on by students are community-based or environmental projects coordinated by Technology Education teacher, Brendan Quinn. During one recent project, students designed and produced floating loon signs/markers for the Loon Preservation Committee in Moultonborough.
"It's more important than ever that we are providing students with the education and experience necessary to pursue careers in technology-related fields, such as engineering and manufacturing," said Moultonborough Academy's Superintendent Susan Noyes. "The Technology Education program at Moultonborough Academy provides students with opportunities to tackle real-world problems with the use of 3D Computer-Aided Design Software. This grant to purchase a 3D printer will help students bring their plans and ideas to reality."
The "What's not to 'Like'?" Facebook contest was part of a three-month education themed initiative for MVSB, during which the Bank posted financial tips and resources on its website and Facebook page. In addition to the school district contest, community members that voted for their favorite school district also had the opportunity to enter to win one of five iPad minis. The iPad mini winners are:
• Joan Beach Little of Center Sandwich
• Patty Bourque of Moultonborough
• Nancy Rowley of Gilmanton
• Lisa Tibbetts of Meredith
• Steve Watson of Moultonborough