Spring 2023 grant application now available; submission deadline is November 1

Don't miss the deadline!The latest MEF grant application is now available online. Round 40 will fund innovative projects for the Spring Semester of 2023

Application deadline is Monday, November 1, 2022. Notification of Awards will be made at the end of November, 2022. ONLY APPLICATIONS SENT TO MCHOFFMA@MVSC.K12.IN.US WILL BE CONSIDERED.  You will receive a confirmation reply that your application has been received. (more…)

Round 39 grants for five MCSC programs awarded

The grants for Round 39 were recently awarded in April, 2022. Five grants totaling $3,759.50 were awarded to enhance learning experiences for Merrillville students. Reading, Math, and Physical Education are just a few of the subject areas for the grants.

Since 2002, the Merrillville Education Foundation has awarded 456 grants to teachers totaling $393,040.51. These grants have impacted 124,382 student experiences in grades PK through 12.

To get more details about these programs, view the complete listing of the Round 39 awarded grants…

 

 

 

Grant Spotlight – Simulating the Industrial Revolution with Tinker Toys

Grant Spotlight – Simulating the Industrial Revolution with Tinker Toys

GRANT TITLE
Simulating the Industrial Revolution with Tinker Toys

GRANT AUTHOR, SCHOOL, IMPACT & FUNDING
Lauren Morando, Heather Walker, Andrew Augustyn, Alex Dickerson
Clifford Pierce Middle School Gr. 8
550 students – $81.70

GRANT PERIOD
Round 34 for Spring 2019; implemented in school year 2019-2020

GRANT APPLICATION
This project will allow students to draw their own conclusions about the Industrial Revolution. In this hands-on, high-energy, student-centered simulation, students will work in small collaborative groups and independently to learn the function of interchangeable parts.

First, students will be placed into small, same-sized groups. There will also be 2-3 students working independently, depending on the class period and size. Then, all students will be shown an item made with Tinker Toys. Each group will receive that item and have the opportunity to look at how it was constructed. Then, students will deconstruct the item completely, noting the order in which it was taken apart.

Next, students will be given the task to build that item with their group or on their own as quickly as possible. During the first few rounds, the students working on their own will create the item faster than those working in groups. However, the students working in groups will start to realize that if they split up their pieces evenly and do one step at a time, they can create the item more quickly, demonstrating the efficiency of interchangeable parts in the factory system. Essentially, they are developing an assembly line using interchangeable parts.

By participating in this simulation, students are learning about the shift from domestic production to mass production and how interchangeable parts influenced industrial growth. The best part is, the students are the driving force in their learning.

GRANT OUTCOMES
The purpose of this grant was to use a set of Tinker Toys in Pierce Middle School’s 8th grade history classes to help students better understand the Industrial Revolution. The class was broken into multiple teams of four and a few independent workers, and they followed the procedure explained in the application. Times of each round were recorded and later discussed. Each class did the activity for an average of seven rounds, with build times starting at over 2 minutes and the fastest times being under 20 seconds! This led to a discussion of not just interchangeable parts and assembly line production, but also skilled vs. unskilled labor which then led to the topic of the labor movement.

One of our goals is to help students be college and career ready. The funding of this grant allowed our students to use higher order thinking skills while also directly learning Social Studies content and have fun while doing all this.

 

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Round 38 grants for 8 MCSC programs awarded

The grants for Round 38 were recently awarded in November 2021. Eight grants totaling $7,292.36 were awarded to enhance learning experiences for Merrillville students. Kinesthetic and Visual learning activities, fine arts orchestra and theatre programs, and STEM kits are just a few of the winning grant ideas.

Since 2002, the Merrillville Education Foundation has awarded 451 grants to teachers totaling $389,281.01. These grants have impacted 123,262 student experiences in grades PK through 12.

To get more details about these programs, view the complete listing of the Round 37 awarded grants…

 

 

 

Spring 2022 grant application now available; submission deadline October 26

Don't miss the deadline!The latest MEF grant application is now available online. Round 38 will fund innovative projects for the Spring Semester of 2022.

Application deadline is Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Notification of Awards will be made during the first week of November, 2021. ONLY APPLICATIONS SENT TO MCHOFFMA@MVSC.K12.IN.US WILL BE CONSIDERED.  You will receive a confirmation reply that your application has been received. (more…)