The Spring Hill Education Foundation (SHEF) awarded nearly $5,000 in SHEF Grants to Rebecca Boomgaarden and Anna Manning! The purpose of these grants is to actively engage students in experiences to deepen and connect their content knowledge by using innovative classroom materials. SHEF plans to award up to $30,000 in grants this school year.
Thanks to the generous contributions from this year’s corporate sponsors, the Spring Hill Education Foundation was pleased to award the following grants:
Rebecca Boomgaarden, Prairie Creek Elementary
Lifelong Learning with Legos, $1,875.30
“The Lego BricQ Motion kit is the perfect addition to our elementary STEM classroom. It will enable students to build with reusable materials instead of adding to the dumpster with consumable supplies. Students will be able to build everything from cars and pulley systems to bridges and automata. They will be able to fully discover how objects work and create solutions to problems using creativity, critical thinking skills, collaboration, and communication skills. The best thing about this particular Lego set is the lack of technology. Although we incorporate many different technological aspects into our STEM curriculum, the fact that this kit doesn’t include a technology component means that we do not have to get technology apps and websites approved, the kits themselves will never become obsolete or outdated, children will be able to apply learning in a hands-on way that will truly connect dendrites and build their knowledge base. These Legos sets would be able to be used for many years to come without additional cost.”
Anna Manning, Spring Hill High
Communications Equipment Update, $3,026.36
“In 2003, USD 230 received a technology grant that allowed them to build a state-of-the-art broadcasting studio. To my knowledge, that equipment was only barely updated in the last 20 years, and in recent years, that space and equipment have gone largely unused entirely. Now, we're ready to move toward combining print and broadcast journalism by adding a podcast and upgrading other equipment that will allow for better quality backpack (mobile) journalism to occur.”