iD Tech Summer Camp Scholarships 2019
Amount funded: $4,767
July 2019
Grant Recipients - Keady Azzam, Ellie McSwain and Alex Moro

Keady Azzam
Class of 2024
Camp Program: Assemble Your Take-Home Laptop and Code in Python
Campus: Texas Christian University
Overnight Camp: $1,589


“iD Tech gave me some key tools for a future career in technology. I made a take-home Pi-top laptop and I am writing this letter on that very device! I learned the fundamental building blocks of coding in Python. This is the first text-based language I have learned to use and, following my current path of working from simple to more complex languages, it is the bridge towards JavaScript, Java, C#, and even down to the 1’s and 0’s of C. Recently I’ve come to realize that a lot of complex project concepts, such as websites and applications, require the knowledge of at least one text-based language, and now I am versed in Python.
The Skaneateles Education Foundation iD Tech scholarship has made a lasting impact on me in many ways. It has given me a desire to continue learning over the summer and a unique on-campus experience. The course taught me Python and gave me a laptop to continue coding and learning. Thank you so much for this opportunity and for all you do for Skaneateles schools and students.”
Signed, Future software developer/8th grader


Ellie McSwain
Class of 2022
Camp Program: Cybersecurity and Encryption
Campus: Princeton University
Overnight Camp: $1,589


“When I first signed up, I thought I would enjoy the encryption part but not the coding part. Once I got to camp, I realized I was mistaken. I loved both learning to code and encrypt. I never thought about doing coding in my future. Now that I have gone to camp this has changed. I realized how fun coding and encrypting can be. I also loved Princeton–the architecture was so beautiful! Thank you so much for this opportunity.”


Alex Moro
Class of 2022
Camp Program: Assemble Your Take-Home Laptop and Code in Python
Campus: Wesleyan University
Overnight Camp: $1,589


“I had an amazing experience. I really enjoyed living in the college dorms and walking around campus. My project was to build a computer using a Raspberry Pi, a simple motherboard and CPU, and code functions and algorithms with Python. Then I added a breadboard which allowed me to add my own functions. I coded a robot to perform tasks in a changing environment.
While building the computer was the main goal of the week, I also made some good friends. I am so thankful I was given this opportunity. I’m starting to save up so I can enroll in camp again next summer.”

Advanced Infant Simulators
Amount funded: $5,008.20
June 2018
Grant Recipient - Jeri Whiting // This grant provided funding for the purchase of 5 RealCare advanced Infant Simulators, along with comprehensive curriculum software for use in HS Health classes for the Parenting Unit, and the 8th grade Human Growth and Development unit.

Super Summer Stories
Amount funded: $351.00
June 2018
Grants Recipients - Connie Bohrer, Betsy Smith & Heather Von Uderitz // Book club gatherings in July and August. Each of our three reading specialists at State Street School will lead a one-hour book group session for each one of the three grade levels. They will engage in discussions around standards-based questions and model high-impact comprehension strategies to counteract summer loss.

iD Tech Summer Camp Scholarships 2018
Amount funded: $3,102.00
July 2018
Grant Recipients - Hannah Boyer and Matheu Campbell

Hannah Boyer
Class of 2020
Camp Program: Cybersecurity and Encrypting
Campus: Ohio State University
Overnight Camp: $1,589

College attended after graduation: Syracuse University
Major: Psychology + Neuroscience + Forensic Science


Matheu Campbell
Class of 2021
Camp Program: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Campus: Princeton University
Overnight Camp: $1,589

College attended after graduation: Columbia University
Major: Computer Engineering

“The iD Tech Camp I attended was on the topic of machine learning and artificial intelligence using the programming language Python, and it was the first exposure I had to that language. The value for me was in seeing and interacting with Python in essentially the same way that industry professionals might, of course at an extremely basic level. It was only after the course that I started to experiment substantially with Python and programming in general, and eventually I was able to accomplish some interesting projects in high school.
I’m now planning to major in computer engineering, and that decision was motivated partially because I found the work I did at the camp and afterwards to be pretty engaging. My experience at iD Tech is what prompted my interest in exploring further many of the concepts I will learn formally as a computer engineering major.”

Colonial Horn Books
Amount funded: $554.85
May 2018
Grant Recipient - Rebecca Goodell // Each year the 4th graders study life in colonial times and visit a one-room schoolhouse in the spring. As the students read and summarize the details of colonial life, they write in their “horn books” imitating how children may have learned long ago. Students generally make their horn books each year, but they are not durable, or reusable. The 4th grade team would like to purchase durable and reusable hornbooks cut from Sintra (hard PVC board).

Positivity Project Training for State Street
Amount funded: $2,766.95
May 2018
Grant Recipient - Patrick Brown // 10 State Street educators will attend training to learn how to implement The Positivity Project in classrooms and school-wide. The training is on July 10th at SLL BOCES in Canton, NY. Attendees will include Patrick Brown, counselor Abbie Paine, 2 teachers from each grade level, and 2 specials teachers. The educators will learn the 24 character strengths and how to build a positive school culture. The goal for implementation at State Street is fall 2018.

Visiting Author – Nikki Grimes
Amount funded: $2,000.00
May 2018
Grant Recipient - Kate Hardy // Nikki Grimes is an author and a prolific artist. She has written many award winning books for children and young adults. On November 2, 2018 she will be talking to the entire ninth grade class about her poetry and verse novels. She will follow-up the class talk with one or two smaller break-out sessions. The timing of the visit aligns with the ninth grade poetry unit.

Honors Pre-Calc Website
Amount funded: $1,560.00
May 2018
Grant Recipient - Doug Lewis // Mr. Lewis will spend 40 hours upgrading his current pre-calculus website to include various videos for student use. The videos will consist of tutorials and examples of problems covered in class. Students will be involved in helping to create the videos. They will then be cut and uploaded to the website. The videos will assist students with completing homework assignments and studying for tests and quizzes. The district has also committed to funding an additional 50+ summer hours for this project.

Odyssey of the Mind 2018
Amount funded: $400.00
May 2018
Grant Recipient - Kelley McQuiggan // Assistance provided for travel expenses to OOTM Worlds.

Matthew Slauson: History of Tech. & Eng. Through the Musical Instrument Manufacturing in the UK & France (2018)
Amount funded: $3,898.00
March 2018
Grant Recipient - Matthew Slauson // Travel to UK and France, work with and learn flute making, visit museums and tour Selmer instrument manufacturing faciltiy in Paris

Physical Science Project Based Learning Activities
Amount funded: $2,150.00
March 2018
Grant Recipient - Richard Allen // To develop project based learning activities for physical science students, in the non-accelerated 8th grade science class

World Language Camp
Amount funded: $1,400.00
March 2018
Grant Recipients - Amy Tormey and Kate Webster //