Delaware education briefs

State releases essay prompts for scholarships

The Department of Education has released essay prompts for this year’s applications for state financial aid.

Students can visit DelawareGoesToCollege.org/state-aid.

Different scholarships include different questions. Some of the questions are: “Every generation is different from the previous generation in important ways. How is your generation different from that of your parents,” and “Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, or risk you have taken and its impact on you.”

The full applications will be released next month.

The state has several scholarships to Delaware State Unviersity or the University of Delaware that offer full tuition, fees, room, board and books. It also offers smaller scholarships to students to attend any accredited university.

Nature Society gets eco grant

The Delaware Nature Society has won a $50,000 “Eco Grant” from the 3M Foundation, which will allow it to build outdoor classrooms in the Red Clay, Capital and Seaford School Districts.

The classrooms will provide a specialized place for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math lessons about nature, conservation and the environment. The grant also will pay for training teachers in how to best use the new spaces.

The society is one of only 10 organizations to win one of these grants. Applicants had to prove they could connect science to the outdoors, and the goal is to put each of the schools in position to win Green Ribbon status, a state award for environmentally-friendly schools.

Wilmington Christian launches capital campaign

Wilmington Christian School has announced the start of a three-to-five year capital fundraising campaign, with a goal of $2.5 million.

The school wants to significantly renovate buildings for all grades, including redesigning its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math classrooms and adding new equipment, modernizing the library, upgrades to the fine arts building and improvements to the elementary school playground and gym.

The school also wants to construct a new turf athletic field, new baseball field, and new indoor and outdoor recreation facilities.

The Hockessin school has been around since 1946. Organizers say they draw families from more than 100 churches, and say some of the facilities could provide more and better space for church activities.

Padua students take first in cybersecurity challenge

Teams from Padua Academy in Wilmington took first and second place in the in the state in Cyber Patriot, the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

The two teams are now bound for the “Platinum Tier” Mid-Atlantic regional round on Jan. 16-18. If they win big there, they would earn a spot in the finals, to be held in Washington D.C.

The competition tests the cybersecurity skills of students, an effort to build interest in a career that is growing increasingly important and that has gained intense interest after a string of high-profile corporate hacking incidents.

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