PARSIPPANY, N.J. – April 30, 2014 – OHAUS Corporation, a leading manufacturer and marketer of analytical, precision, portable and mechanical balances, scales, and measurement equipment is pleased to announce that James Brown, a science teacher at Forest Park Elementary School in Albany, NY has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Gustav Ohaus Award. The award has been presented annually since 1969 to recognize innovations which have the potential to improve science teaching at the elementary, middle or high school level.
Mr. Brown was selected for his “Wheel ‘Round a Meter” interdisciplinary lesson that teaches STEM principles to his fourth grade students through the use of a LEGO® NXT robot. Using a pre-built robot, Mr. Brown asks his students to predict the distance range one meter covers before running the robot that distance. He repeats this process, asking the students to predict the range of two and three meters in order to reinforce concepts of metric measurement.
The second part of the lesson teaches students principles of engineering and programming by having the students build their own robot and then have it travel one meter. This truly interdisciplinary lesson even bridges into English and language arts as Mr. Brown teaches about text features of the non-fiction genre through the book Mighty Mars Rovers – The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch.
“Mr. Brown should be commended for developing an original lesson involving technology that is sure to captivate the attention of young minds,” said Jean-Yves Chever, General Manager and Vice President, Sales & Marketing, OHAUS, Americas. “His utilization of hands-on teaching activities aligns with OHAUS’ vision to provide students with educational measurement equipment that brings lessons to life.”
For more than 40 years, the Gustav Ohaus Award has recognized deserving educators who have made significant contributions to the field of science teaching. Science instructors are invited to submit curricula design, teaching strategies, effective lesson plans and/or laboratory utilization that have fostered an engaging and enriching scientific educational environment.
As part of the award, Brown has received a personalized Gustav Ohaus Award, a $1,500 cash prize and a trip to the 2014 National Conference of the National Science Teachers in Boston, MA. Forest Park Elementary School will also be the recipient of $1,000 worth of OHAUS scales and balances, which will be utilized in various science courses.
“I feel honored that my lesson was acknowledged by OHAUS as being creative and meaningful,” said James Brown. “It is a great honor to be selected as the 2014 Gustav Ohaus Award winner and I am very much looking forward to incorporating OHAUS balances and measurement equipment into my lessons.”
For additional information on the Gustav Ohaus Award program, visit http://us.ohaus.com/us/en/home/markets/education-world/teachers-and-schools.aspx.
About OHAUS Corporation
Headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., OHAUS Corporation manufactures an extensive line of high-precision electronic and mechanical balances and scales that meet the demands of virtually any weighing need. The company is a global leader in the laboratory, industrial, and education channels as well as a host of specialty markets, including the food preparation, pharmacy and jewelry industries. An ISO 9001:2008 manufacturer, OHAUS products are precise, reliable and affordable, and are backed by industry-leading customer support. For additional information, contact OHAUS Corporation at 973-377-9000, or visit www.OHAUS.com.