STEM Initiative Grants

In December 2013, the Skaneateles Education Foundation and the Elsa and Peter Soderberg Charitable Foundation announced a collaboration with the Skaneateles Central School District to fund an initiative to improve education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. The total investment in STEM education at the end of 4 years will be close to $250,000.

STEM grants supported by the Foundation include hydroponics, 3D printers, summer math and STEM camps, Engineering is Elementary, robotics, the Zoom Room, the audio engineering lab and so much more.

STEM Initiative Grants
STEM Initiative Grants
STEM Initiative Grants
STEM Initiative Grants

Grants

Through generous support from over 400 households, foundations and businesses in the Skaneateles community, the following grants have been provided under [the STEM Initiative etc. ]. For more information on an individual grant, please click on the grant title.

Physics Vodcasts Continued
Amount funded: $3,900.00
November 2015
(video and audio recording of instruction) Benefits mostly seniors, some juniors, in HS Regents Physics and AP Physics 1 classes. The flipped classroom model is the basis for this project that has developed video-based lectures. This request will allow Dan to complete the pilot program he has started with good success. Student feedback (anonymous): • “The vod-casts allow me to reinforce info learned in class and are extremely useful in studying for tests (more so than the textbook). It is awesome to be able to “pause” and “rewind” the teacher.” • “You can never worry about missing info because you can go back and watch again.” • “Vod-casts give students explanations that they can watch at their own pace.” • “Your commentary clarifies information that is sometimes ambiguous in the textbook.” • “They allow me to visualize the problem, take more thorough notes, and determine at exactly what point I get confused.” • “We are able to jump into the material and actually practice it in class.” This grant would fund 100 hours @ $39/hour of development time to create the vodcasts and link other supporting materials through Haiku.
Maker Faire 2015
Amount funded: $2,470.76
September 2015
Benefits Faculty Professional Development. Expand knowledge of Maker technologies to further discussion of makerspaces on campus.
Guitar Engineering and Manufacturing Field Trip
Amount funded: $0
March 2015
Students in the Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) course build musical instruments each year. This project has earned the recognition of the Association of Stringed Instruments Artisans (ASIA). This grant will fund 6 students and Mr. Slausen to attend the ASIA conference where they will make a 1 hour presentation on the project, participate on a Q&A panel and attend other sessions to learn about modern instrument making techniques. They will also tour the Martin Guitar facility to see how they make instruments using modern manufacturing techniques. The school district will provide transportation.
Math Summer Camp
Amount funded: $12,936.00
March 2015
These pilot camps are designed to be a research-based intervention for struggling math students. While the objectives are not new, the strategies/interventions being tried are new to the district and CNY. The goals are (1) to improve the mathematical learning of the students that attend the camp and (2) to test strategies/interventions with our teachers and students for possible inclusion into the regular math classroom. The elementary camp will accommodate up to 12 students. The middle school camp will accommodate up to 24 students. Students will be identified and invited to attend the camp. Each family will contribute $20.
Regents Chemisty and Physics Vodcasts
Amount funded: $3,900.00
March 2015
The flipped classroom model is the basis for this project that will develop video-based lectures and link other content delivery systems together to allow students to receive these at home instead of the classroom. By “flipping” the classroom, students can read and learn at their own pace at home, which frees up classroom time for more experiential learning and individualized help with problems from the teacher. This pilot grant would fund 50 hours of development time to create the vodcasts and link other supporting materials through Haiku.
Summer STEM Camp for Waterman (Grades 1-2)
Amount funded: $3,190.00
March 2015
Promoting a love of science, technology, engineering and math will be the primary focus of this camp. Campers will learn and refine their use of the engineering process leading a greater discovery and exploration of the world around them. Two sessions of 20 campers each will be offered in the summer of 2015. Results from the pilot project will be analyzed for possible annual offerings.
Summer STEM Camp State Street (Grades 3-5)
Amount funded: $2,367.00
March 2015
Promoting a love of science, technology, engineering and math will be the primary focus of this camp. Campers will learn and refine their use of the engineering process leading a greater discovery and exploration of the world around them. Two sessions of 20 campers each will be offered in the summer of 2015. Results from the pilot project will be analyzed for possible annual offerings.
3D Printing Expanded
Amount funded: $8,000.00
February 2015
3D printing is becoming more main stream as it is being used in many different applications and jobs and embraced by many different industries. From architecture, to medicine, to engineering to marketing, exposing our students to 3D printing at an early age will help them understand the unique benefits and opportunities the technology provides, and the software coding that makes it all happen. This grant will expand upon the 2013 High School 3D printing program and fund 3D printing equipment and supplies for 5th – 8th grades.
Hydroponics Professional Development
Amount funded: $2,191.37
December 2014
This grant funded a 3-day hydroponics training session at Epcot Center for MS/HS Technology teacher Scott Stagnitta. Coursework included techniques in hydroponic greenhouse growing, "See the Future of Food Production," a tour of Epcot's Living with the Land Attraction, and a "Behind the Seeds" tour of their research facility.
Audio Recording Studio
Amount funded: $40,000.00
November 2014
Audio engineering and the ability to experiment on sound are the basis for this grant. The audio lab will provide technology allowing students to learn about sound generation, measurement and recording and will be utilized by music, physics and math courses, and as an extension of the Zoom Room by humanities courses in social studies, language arts, and business courses such as marketing and journalism. The studio will support a proposed new CRT program in Audio Engineering.
Growing Sustainable – Hydroponics
Amount funded: $5,143.00
November 2014
Growing hydroponically is no longer the method of the future, but of today. In fact, most of the world’s greenhouses are growing fruits and vegetables using hydroponics.This grant will fund an opportunity for students to experiment with new forms of hydroponic growing systems. Through this experience, students gain firsthand knowledge of the scientific principles that control the developmental stages of plant life. This type of content goes beyond the classroom as students gain responsibility and awareness of how small systems, if implemented on a large scale, can make a great impact on the world around them. The produce that we will produce will be donated to our own school cafeteria and to the family and consumer sciences program for cooking.
Video and Multimedia for 5th Grade
Amount funded: $9,765.00
November 2014
This project will serve as an introduction of video and multimedia concepts for 5th graders. Through the use of iPads and iMovie software, students will create, edit and learn to communicate ideas and concepts using video and multimedia. The devices will be shared across the 5th grade and involve projects in multiple disciplines including science, health and social studies. This project will also serve as a pilot in the use of classroom-based iPad devices as learning tools.