When teachers return to the classroom in August, many children will benefit from grants from the Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County. The organization awarded more than $5,000 in grants to four TSC school projects.
Seeds of Grant recipients:
- Franklin Mason, Harrison High School, "Empowering Students Bit by Bit," funded with support from Tate and Lyle
- Sarah Grimes, Mintonye Elementary, "Be Prepared"
- Kara Meyer, Burnett Creek Elementary, "Breaking the Code," funded with support from Tate and Lyle
- Debbie Beckett, Burnett Creek Elementary, "Meet me at the Fair"
Mason's project will have Harrison students gaining a better understanding of cell phones. "They don't understand their hardware capabilities or how to make use of those capabilities through software," says Mason. "This project will address these deficiencies with a set of projects designed for the BBC micro:bit." In the fall, students will turn the micro:bit into a compass, a level, a game controller and even a musical instrument.
Grimes' project will equip each Mintonye classroom with first aid supplies. "We will teach students proper decision-making skills to avoid injury and basic first aid," says Grimes. "Recent events have taught us that no matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene."
Meyer and her kindergarten colleagues at Burnett Creek Elementary will have students doing STEM-based activities using problem-solving techniques, teamwork and creativity. "As part of our daily routine, each day we count the number of days we've been in school," says Meyers. "Every tenth day, Zero the Hero will leave a note and a treat (a math game, a treat, something to count) to celebrate another day ending in zero. The anticipation will build throughout the year as the students await Zero the Hero's visit on the 100th day of school. But Awful Agent 99 kidnaps Zero, and our plans are in jeopardy. In order to save the 100th Day of School, our secret agent spy students must complete math challenges to earn clues to unlock the final mystery."
Beckett and her colleagues at Burnett Creek Elementary will enhance learning activities for third-grade students by adding 'county fair' STEM activities with the reading of "Charlotte's Web." "Students will engage in hands-on lessons to build a ferris wheel, pig pen, parachute, rat trap, spider web and spider trap," says Beckett. "Purdue University will further enhance this experience by bringing farm animals. In addition, a midway with games and prizes will be setup and manned by parent volunteers."