Round 36 grants for 10 MCSC programs awarded

The grants for Round 36 were awarded in May of 2020.  Ten grants totaling $7,943.11 were awarded to enhance learning experiences for Merrillville students.  Raise the Score in Reading, Out in the Garden,  Coffee Cart, Classroom Amygdala Station and Little Free Libraries are just a few of the winning grant ideas.

Since 2002, the Merrillville Education Foundation has awarded 435 grants to teachers totaling $372,082.66.  These grants have impacted more than 119,426 student experiences in grades Pre-K through 12.

To get more details about these programs, view the complete listing of the Round 36 awarded grants…

 

Round 35 grants for 14 MCSC programs awarded

The grants for Round 35 were awarded in October of 2019.  Fourteen grants totaling $7,506.69 were awarded to enhance learning experiences for Merrillville students.   Building Our Brains with STEM,  MIS Music Boomwhackers, Manipulatives for Remedial Math, Explore Opera with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Ultimate Coding and Circuit Kits to Teach C++ are just a few of the winning grant ideas.

Since 2002, the Merrillville Education Foundation has awarded 425 grants to teachers totaling $364,139.55.  These grants have impacted more than 116,726 student experiences in grades Pre-K through 12.

To get more details about these programs, view the complete listing of the Round 35 awarded grants…

Spring 2020 grant application now available; submission deadline October 10

Don't miss the deadline!The latest MEF grant application is now available online. Round 35 will fund innovative projects for the Spring Semester of 2020.

Application deadline is Thursday, October 10, 2019. Notification of Awards will be on or about Friday, November 1, 2019. ONLY APPLICATIONS SENT TO MEFGRANT@GMAIL.COM WILL BE CONSIDERED.  You will receive a confirmation reply that your application has been received. (more…)

Round 34 grants for 11 MCSC programs awarded

The grants for Round 34 were awarded in May of 2019.  Ten grants totaling $6,772.94 were awarded to enhance learning experiences for Merrillville students.  Enriching a Student’s Experience through the use of Raise the Score in Reading, Simulating the Industrial Revolution with Tinker Toys, From Consumers to Creators, and Impairment Goggles are just a few of the winning grant ideas.

Since 2002, the Merrillville Education Foundation has awarded 411 grants to teachers totaling $356,632.86.  These grants have impacted more than 112,107 student experiences in grades Pre-K through 12.

To get more details about these programs, view the complete listing of the Round 34 awarded grants…

Grant Spotlight – Crazy Traits

Grant Spotlight – Crazy Traits

GRANT TITLE
Crazy Traits

GRANT AUTHOR, SCHOOL, IMPACT & FUNDING
Cheryl Austin – Merrillville High School, Biology Dept. – 500 students – $1218.84

GRANT PERIOD
Round 29 for Fall 2016; implemented in Fall 2016

GRANT APPLICATION
“Crazy Traits” is a hands-on, modeling kit that engages students while teaching them the role that chance plays, in an organism’s inherited traits. Additionally, it gives students an opportunity to model things they can’t see, such as the genotypes of parents and the alleles inherited from each, and those of the offspring resulting from parent crosses. Student engagement level will increase because they will be having fun while using “Crazy Traits” to study how traits are passed from one generation to the next. They will benefit by seeing the results of genetics crosses that can only be done, currently, using paper-based activities. These 3-D models should significantly enhance understanding and retention of genetics concepts that are often difficult for students to comprehend.

GRANT OUTCOMES
Biology 1B students discovered that there are two types of traits: dominant and recessive. Using “Crazy Traits” kits, purchased via a Merrillville Education Foundation grant, students developed a model for how probability influences genetic variation. Students flipped coins to determine which alleles a Crazy Creature offspring would inherit from its parents. Students then built their creature and compared them to the creations of their classmates. They discovered how genetically diverse the population can be even with just 14 traits, all while using “Crazy Traits”! The program has been successful for two years now and continues to give Freshmen students a hands-on model that enriches their concept of genetics.

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Grant Spotlight Archives

Grant Spotlight – Crazy Traits

Using “Crazy Traits” kits, purchased via a Merrillville Education Foundation grant, students developed a model for how probability influences genetic variation. They discovered how genetically diverse the population can be even with just 14 traits.

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Grant Spotlight – Family Engineering Nights

Approximately 100 families attended and participated in a variety of STEM activities. The purpose of the program was to introduce our parents to the engineering process and the new Makerspace Room at MIS.

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