The 2010 Intel Schools of Distinction Awards recognize U.S. schools that demonstrate 21st century teaching and learning environments, and implement innovative programs that inspire their students to excel in the areas of math and science.

Eighteen finalists will be selected in April – three from each grade range (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) in each of the two categories of math and science – and all 18 will win a $5,000 cash grant and a trip to Washington, D.C., for a four-member team from their school and district.

Six winners, to be selected from the eighteen finalists and announced at the Gala Awards Event in Washington will each receive an additional $5,000 cash grant from the Intel Foundation and $100,000 in additional products and services from the program award sponsors.

One of the final six winners will be identified as the Star Innovator for 2010, and earn an additional $15,000 cash grant from the Intel Foundation as well as additional services and products from the award sponsors.

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