For the 2020-2021 school year educators in Unit 5 and District 87 submitted 65 applications requesting a total of $140,883. The Foundation awarded $68,748 to 35 projects.
Early Education & Elementary Schools
Mary Aper, Mary Current, Amanda Dytrych, Tracie Ghrist, Tena Sprau | $ 2,021 | Researcher’s Workshop: Out of this World Inquiry
Wendy Young, Kathy Cooper, Lora Boyd | $ 1,447 | Cooking with Kiddos – YUM
Bryan Schultz | $ 479 | Drumming to a Creative PE
Heather Damery, Nikki Dillow, Lindsey Gillespie, Emily Kauten | $ 434 | Kinders Love Kinetic Sand During Purposeful Play
Erin Knuth | $ 360 | Soft Start Mornings
Kala Krueger, Joy Searby | $ 3,858 | Coding Carts
Kiki Keeney, Rebecca Johnson | $ 3,066 | Uke’an Play Along: Learning to String, Fairview Strum, and Apply
Alycia Carroll | $ 362 | Smart Guess? You Bet!
Wendy Iverson, M.Stalter, S.Mahan, N.Reidy, B.Weir, M. Fischmann, M.Swaar, A.Bittner, Early Education R.Toft, J.Phelps, C.Taylor, E.O’Grady, C.Lonbom | $ 5,000 | It’s more than playing house!
Jayme Corcoran, Andy Jones | $ 337 | The Writing Doctor
Junior High/Middle Schools
Rachael Van Heuklon | $ 300 | Insightful Learning
Kristie Price, Michelle Chon | $ 393 | The House of Scorpion
Carissa Mennen, Janelle Learned | $ 5,000 | Bridges to Literacy: A Multilingual Library
Beth Stephens, Nate Bostic |$ 368 | Magnetic Levitation Lab
Danielle Estes | $ 4,350 | Enhancing Language Through Expeditions
Erin Dobson, Alyssa Jones | $ 395 | Creating Cultural Responsiveness in Language Arts & Social Studies
Jessica Stutz | $ 368 | Chill Zone
Shawn Schwerman | $ 375 | Mentoring with Pictures
Shawn Schwerman | $ 360 | Keepin it Green
Cory Burnett, Erin Stack | $ 340 | Sound Waves-Developing a Solution to Excessive Noise
Cassie Lee, Kate Pavlou | $ 1,252 | Cooking Our Way to Independence
Bloomington High School
Elizabeth Guzaldo | $ 4,078 | The Sustainable School Garden
Normal Community High School
Dan Higby, Scott Froelich, Val Walker, Don Whitman, Brock Keller, Matt Emberson | $ 4,939 | Clean Power and Technology Across the Curriculum
Jacob Wiechman, Andrew Bennett, Stefen Robinson | $ 5,000 | Audio Production: Empowering Students through Self-Expression
Normal Community West High School
Teri Wilson, Dave Lehr, Jackson Suddarth | $ 300 | I can see clearly now
Ali Akyuz | $ 350 | Graphics Tablets for Cultivation and Collaboration
Ryan Kerr, Katherine Cavender, IWU | $ 3,310 | Student Literary and Art Journal
Dave Weber, Jade Griffin | $ 899 | Making Motion Make Sense
Dave Weber | $ 1,913 | DIY Computers
Lisa Tomlin, Dave Weber | $ 1,172 | Chromosomal Connections
April Schermann | $ 3,450 | Coding Takes Flight – Using Drones in Computer Science
Abagail Primo | $ 1,825 | Balances for Hands-On Scientific Inquiry Lab
Michael Burt, Jarrod Rackauskas | $ 4,250 | Using Thermal Cameras to Augment our Senses in Chemistry
Normal Community / Normal Community West High Schools
Dave Lehr, Dan Higby, Val Walker | $ 4,925 | Solar Energy for Everyone
Teri Wilson, Margherita DiVita | $ 1,472 | Diversity Library
Beyond the Box
Monies for this award are provided by the Shirk Family Foundation.
Hayley Mennenga, Angela Trask ~ $10,000 “Augmented Realty Sandbox”
Students will be able to explore the science behind how water and weathering affects earth’s materials. They can discover the importance of a variety of freshwater ecosystems. Educators can demonstrate a wide range of Earth Science concepts interactively. For instance, they can show and encourage students to build the varied land-forms found on Earth’s surface and illustrate how they were created by a variety of processes such as flooding, erosion, tectonics, and glaciations.
The grant funds will make it possible to purchase an augmented reality sandbox that will be used by students of the entire school, kindergarten through fifth grade in the subject areas of science, social studies, math, and language arts. The concepts and scenarios are kept simple for the younger students, by discussing contour lines, mountains, valleys, watersheds and water flow. When engaging older students the scenarios and concepts become more complex and the learning experience can include discussions of land-forms, elevation, and best land management practice and processes.
“The use of technology increases student engagement and helps make learning more meaningful and fun. Students can actually be the ones in charge of their own learning through this hands-on tool. Through their own research, thoughts and plans, they will be able to create anything from the tallest mountains to the smallest rainstorms all based on the student’s imagination.”