The Grant Program is intended to support ideas generated by teachers or staff members to enhance classroom learning or to provide other district-based opportunities towards the improvement of the educational process and academic achievement. The Grants are intended to support ideas generated by staff members to enhance classroom learning or to provide other district-based opportunities towards the improvement of education and academic achievement.
For the 2021-22 school year, the following ideas were awarded:
• Project 1: Germination, Pollination, and Plant Growth. An extension to the current 6th Grade Farm to Table program, the program will teach the science behind the farm to table experience and focus on what it takes to make seeds grow. Enabling and encouraging students to try new and healthy food at school, which will hopefully carry over with choosing healthier options in the cafeteria and at home. Staff recipient: McCall Emerick, Grade 6 Teacher.
• Project 2: LED Pegboard/Engineering Station. The project includes a hanging pegboard design with LED lights that create a fun environment for students to practice skills. Science students will be able to develop and demonstrate science, engineering, problem-solving, math as well as social and emotional skills. Staff recipient: Elizabeth Newill, Grade 4 Teacher.
• Project 3: Acme Engineers-Drone Program. LocoRobo’s Pioneer Modules expose elementary school students to the magic behind drone technology -coding, sensors, mechanical design, aerodynamics, and semi-autonomous flight control. The project implementation is used to expose elementary students to how drones can be used and the various career fields that use drones. Staff recipient: Sheila Reed, Grade 6 Teacher.
In the eight years of the grant program, the Dynamo Education Foundation has awarded staff members over $18,600 for 27 classroom projects, activities, and programs. Fundraising is held throughout the year to support and increase these grant awards.