MEF Grant Spotlight
We are proud to highlight some of the grants awarded to Merrillville Community School Corporation teachers for innovative programs benefiting students at all levels. Please take the time to read how our supporters’ generous donations are impacting learning in the classroom.
Grant Spotlight – Simulating the Industrial Revolution with Tinker Toys
With the “Simulating the Industrial Revolution with Tinker Toys” project, Pierce Middle school student collaborative groups had the opportunity to draw their own conclusions about the Industrial Revolution using interchangeable Tinker Toy parts.
Grant Spotlight – Out in the Garden
With the “Out in the Garden” project, MIS students will have the opportunity of an outdoor learning component for their Math and Science classes where they can apply the skills that they learned in the classroom to the gardens.
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.
Grant Spotlight – The Great Kindness Challenge
Every month, we are creating activities and projects to promote kindness, respect, empathy, and unity throughout the MIS building. We celebrate every month with the “Act of Kindness MVP” award.
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.
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.
Grant Spotlight – The Mindfulness Project
The Mindfulness Project classroom will teach children how to build self-awareness, effectively handle their emotions, and empathetically manage their relationships.
Grant Spotlight – Intro to Industrial Engineering through Theme Park Development
Development STEM Project initiative exposing MHS students to some of the intricate behind-the-scenes production cost and science-related influences of theme parks.
Grant Spotlight – Salk Sensory/Calming Area for Students
A grant provided to K-4 teachers at Salk School established a sensory/calming area, providing students the opportunity to use items to calm down, self soothe, release anger, and work through frustration in a positive, nonjudgmental climate.
Grant Spotlight – Miller Elementary 4th Grade Current Events in the Classroom
Miller Elementary School 4th grade teachers are bringing current events into their classroom through a grant awarded in Fall of 2015. See how it is impacting their students.