Round 32 grants for nine MCSC programs awarded

The grants for Round 32 were awarded in April of 2018.  Nine grants totaling $6,484.38 were awarded to enhance learning experiences for Merrillville students.  Listen, Learn, and Love the World Around You, Train Your Brain, There Is More To See Than Selfies!, Math Makeover, and The Great Kindness Challenge are just a few of the winning grant ideas.

Since 2002, the Merrillville Education Foundation has awarded 260 grants to teachers totaling $329,374.17.  These grants have impacted more than 101,488 student experiences in grades PK through 12.

To get more details about these programs, view the complete listing of the Round 32 awarded grants…

Grant Spotlight – Robotics Club

GRANT TITLE
Robotics Club

GRANT AUTHOR, SCHOOL, IMPACT & FUNDING
Charles Seligman – Merrillville High School – 30 Grade 9-12 students – $1,000.00

GRANT PERIOD
Round 30 for Spring 2017; implemented in Fall 2017

GRANT APPLICATION
As the sponsor of the new Robotics club we are looking to expand our group to two teams for competition next year. These students will be exposed to a CAD program donated to all FIRST teams to develop their robot virtually before they start building one. This program gives our students a chance to work with real objects trying to solve real problems. It is one of the best STEM programs our students can participate in here at Merrillville High School. Each robot costs approximately $1,365. This price includes the phones, the controls, all the electronics needed to have the robot perform as directed, and the basic building kit to build the skeleton of the robot that holds all of the above and operates on the game field. Each year the “game” consists of five or six tasks the robot must perform in order to score points.

GRANT OUTCOMES
This year has started off very well for our team. We held a kickoff with the Hobart team here at the high school with about 70 people attending the event. The game for the year was officially released at that time.

In November we attended our first scrimmage of the year in St. John hosted by a local Christian school. We placed first in that event. In December we hosted another scrimmage here at the high school. Six teams and about fifty people gathered in our main cafeteria, and we finished second in this scrimmage.

Our first competition will be Jan. 6th in Crawfordsville, IN. Both teams are going to attend this event but only the varsity team will compete. We are thankful to the Merrillville Education Foundation for all they have done for us over the last few years in helping the Robotics Club get started and grow.

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Grant Spotlight – Robotics Club

The new Robotics Club expanded to two teams for competition in 2018. These students will be exposed to a CAD program donated to all first teams to develop their robot virtually before they start building one.

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Grant Spotlight – The Mindfulness Project

GRANT TITLE
The Mindfulness Project

GRANT AUTHOR, SCHOOL, IMPACT & FUNDING
Toni Blaszczyk, Nancy Fleming – Miller School – 400 students – $708.35

GRANT PERIOD
Round 30 for Spring 2017; implemented in Fall 2017

GRANT APPLICATION
The Mindfulness Project classroom will teach children how to build self-awareness, effectively handle their emotions, and empathetically manage their relationships. Self-awareness to students lead to social and emotional regulation. When students can effectively manage their emotions, they learn to identify feelings and emotions and how to handle situations or problems in a positive and effective manner. Empathetically managing their relationships will help reduce conflicts between students that result in a decrease in discipline referrals leading to less in-school and out-of-school suspensions. Students that are present and aware, are more productive and perform better academically.

GRANT OUTCOMES
We would like to thank the Merrillville Education Foundation for the grant that funded “The Mindfulness Project. Our Mindfulness room is open to all students and staff to use as needed. This room has been very beneficial for calming students that have anger issues, high anxiety, ADD, and ADHD. In time, we believe that the mindful room will aid in helping our students to learn how to self-regulate their own emotions and focus. It is our hope that our students and staff will use their mindful practice daily. Staff and student resources on yoga lessons, mindful breathing, guided meditation practice, guided mindfulness scripts, relaxation music, and art therapy are provided. We will continue to add to our room as needed. Miller students and staff receive a Mindful Minute lesson and practice every Monday over the intercom to help get their week started on a positive note, which helps guide their practice for the week. We are very grateful to the MEF for giving us the resources to help fund “The Mindful Project” at Edgar L. Miller School.

 

Grant Spotlight Archives

Grant Spotlight – Robotics Club

The new Robotics Club expanded to two teams for competition in 2018. These students will be exposed to a CAD program donated to all first teams to develop their robot virtually before they start building one.

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Round 31 grants for 13 MCSC programs awarded

The grants for Round 31 were awarded in November of 2017.  Thirteen grants totaling $8,597.82 were awarded to enhance learning experiences for Merrillville students.  Students Doing Science, Drumming for Development, Peace Corners and One Book for All are just a few of the winning grant ideas.

Since 2002, the Merrillville Education Foundation has awarded 251 grants to teachers totaling $322,889.79.  These grants have impacted more than 98,243 student experiences in grades PK through 12.

To get more details about these programs, view the complete listing of the Round 31 awarded grants…

Spring 2018 grant application now available; submission deadline October 20

Don't miss the deadline!The latest MEF grant application is now available online. Round 31 will fund innovative projects for the Spring Semester of 2018.

Application deadline is Friday, October 20, 2017. Notification of Awards will be on or about Wednesday, November 1, 2017. ONLY APPLICATIONS SENT TO MEFGRANT@GMAIL.COM WILL BE CONSIDERED.  You will receive a confirmation reply that your application has been received. (more…)

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