Bethpage High School has today been awarded $10,000 as one of eleven Long Island schools recognized by Optimum Lightpath as part of its Transforming Education with Technology grant program. The program was created to award $100,000 in grants to Long Island schools to fund technology-driven learning programs in the classroom. With more than 150 grant applicants, Bethpage High School was selected based on how it would use technology in innovative ways to enhance education. The $10,000 check was presented on November 16th at an education technology themed event held at Cablevision Headquarters in Bethpage, NY. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano spoke at the event and presented award checks to the grant winners.

Bethpage High School will use the $10,000 grant from Optimum Lightpath to create a new course that explores the use of Geographic Information Systems that combine maps and statistics to visually represent societal trends. A key focus of the program is local projects that connect students to technology and their communities. The result is improved spatial thinking and project management skills through real world applications and simulations as they begin the transition to higher education. Professional GIS software will be used to drive the program.