Banks County Middle School eighth grade physical science teacher Stephanie Kinsey (left); eighth grade STEM teacher Lori Taylor (middle) and Principal Dr. Mike Boyle (right) are shown.

Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) awarded Banks County Middle School teacher, Lori Taylor, a $2,000 Bright Ideas grant for her “Rubber Band Racers” project.

“I’m so excited for my students to learn about kinetic energy through rubber band racing vehicles, which they have to design, build, test and evolve,” said Taylor, who teaches physcial science. “My eighth graders will be able to learn the concepts of energy, forces and friction using hands-on tools.”

In 2020, Jackson EMC awarded $64,000 in Bright Ideas grants to 47 teachers in 25 middle schools across its service area.

The Bright Ideas grant program awards up to $2,000 annually to middle school teachers in the Jackson EMC service area to fund innovative classroom projects that would go unfunded otherwise. Applications are evaluated on measurable goals and objectives, innovation, student involvement and implementation plans.

For more information on the Jackson EMC Bright Ideas grant program, visit


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