Rusty Oetinger, teacher/coach from Yosemite High School has been selected to attend The Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest in Boston, MA June 18-22. Oetinger will join three other teachers selected as finalists, to participate in this national event.
EurekaFest, hosted by Lemelson-MIT, will fly Oetinger to Boston and then treat him to a week of participation at the science festival. The pinnacle of the week will be when he is presented a $10,000 check for the grant proposal that he and the grant writer for the Yosemite district submitted in early January.
The grant proposal centered around developing clean water in third world countries, as well as locally at the school level. By going to Boston, Oetinger and his project will then be placed into a final category, which will give the project a chance to win an additional $20,000.
During the week, Oetinger will learn from and interact with some of the top science and business teachers in the United States.
Oetinger is a Math and Environmental and Special Technology teacher at Yosemite High School. As well as his teaching duties, he is the golf coach of the varsity girls golf team. He is also a recognized coach with The First Tee.
Oetinger stated that he is "very excited and really looking forward to the EurekaFest this summer in Boston. I have never been to Boston and I am looking forward to the experience."
At The EurekaFest, Oetinger will attend many science and business presentations that will help his team of kids develop their project further.