Grant Spotlight – Intro to Industrial Engineering through Theme Park Development

GRANT TITLE
Introduction to Industrial Engineering through Theme Park Development

GRANT AUTHOR, SCHOOL, IMPACT & FUNDING
Zella Garron, MHS, Ninth Grade, 75 students, $499.99

GRANT PERIOD
Round 28 for Fall, 2015; implemented in Spring, 2016

GRANT APPLICATION
The introduction to Industrial Engineering through Theme Park Development STEM Project initiative will expose students to some of the intricate behind-the-scenes production cost and science-related influences of theme parks so that they can become a different type of consumer and determine for themselves if the value of admission cost and it scientific impact is fair. They will gain exposure in writing a business plan, estimating cost, projecting income based upon multiple variables while experiencing hands-on application of science, technology, engineering, and math in an area which they are the traditional consumers.

GRANT OUTCOMES
The students have had a wonderful experience learning the history and planning of amusements parks.  They are still planning their group amusement parks and were surprised to learn that even a simple thing such as a parking space can cost more than $2,000 per space.

 

 

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Round 30 grants for five programs awarded

The grants for Round 30 were awarded in May of 2017.  Eleven grants totaling $5,259.53 were awarded to enhance learning experiences for Merrillville students.  Critical Thinking through Digital Learning, Songtales: Stories to Sing, STEM Rocket Launch, and The Mindfulness Project are just a few of the winning grant ideas. 

Since 2002, the Merrillville Education Foundation has awarded 238 grants to teachers totaling $314,291.97.  These grants have impacted more than 90,127 students in grades K through 12.

To get more details about these programs, view the complete listing of the Round 30 awarded grants…

Grant Spotlight – Salk Sensory/Calming Area for Students

GRANT TITLE
Salk Sensory/Calming Area for Students

GRANT AUTHOR, SCHOOL, IMPACT & FUNDING
Alison Petralia, Jonas E. Salk Elementary, 709 K-4 students, $500

GRANT PERIOD
Round 28 for Fall, 2015; implemented in Spring, 2016

GRANT APPLICATION
This project creates a place where students with a wide range of sensory, self-calming, and stimulation needs can self-advocate and regulate emotions without leaving the instructional environment.  Students will have the opportunity to use items provided in the sensory areas to calm down, self soothe, release anger, and work through frustration in a positive, nonjudgmental climate.  These potentially decrease the amount of special education referrals, decrease referrals leading to out-of-classroom suspensions, decrease classroom disruption while fostering independence, increasing student instruction and learning time, and facilitate an environment that is safe and comfortable for all students.

GRANT OUTCOMES
Jonas E. Salk Elementary School was awarded two grants, one from the Merrillville Education Foundation and another from NIPSCO, to purchase items to meet the sensory needs of students.  With the money granted, we were able to purchase various items such as kinetic sand, foot rollers, chair bands, jelly beads, various fidget toys, in addition to several other sensory items.  All teachers, K-4, have access to the items and are encouraged to utilize them in their classrooms to meet the many needs of their students.  We have noticed a significant drop in the number of students needing time away to regroup and time off task since the items have been introduced.  The teachers and students at Jonas E. Salk sincerely thank the Merrillville Education Foundation and NIPSCO for their generosity!

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Grant Spotlight – Miller Elementary 4th Grade Current Events in the Classroom

GRANT TITLE
Current Events in the Classroom

GRANT AUTHOR, SCHOOL, IMPACT & FUNDING
Heather Barshich, Miller, 90 4th grade students, $500

GRANT PERIOD
Round 28 for Fall, 2015; implemented in Spring, 2016

GRANT APPLICATION
The fourth grade teachers at Miller requested funds to purchase materials to supplement English and Language Arts curriculum through educational, nonfiction magazines.  Scholastic News is a nonfiction magazine designed to enhance language arts skills through current events.  These magazines engage student learning through maps and charts, photographs, and fascinating captions with close reading questions and text marking activities.

GRANT OUTCOMES
As a fourth-grade team, we use the Scholastic News as a part of our reading curriculum.  Students and teachers can discuss current events, as well as practice reading strategies.  Scholastic News provides online activities and additional materials, such as graphic organizers and paired texts with questions for extra reading practice.  The students are excited when the new magazine arrives and enjoy the articles. 

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Round 29 grants for 11 programs awarded

The grants for Round 29 were awarded in October of 2016.  Eleven grants totaling $8,915.17 were awarded to enhance learning experiences for Merrillville students.  Robotics, brain research, “Breakout” thinking games, and Inquiry Math strategies are just a few of the winning grant ideas.  To get more details about these programs, view the complete listing of the Round 29 awarded grants

Since 2002, the Merrillville Education Foundation has awarded 231 grants to teachers totaling $309,032.44.  These grants have impacted more than 86,669 students in grades K through 12.

To get more details about these programs, view the complete listing of the Round 29 awarded grants…

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