Beaver Acres Grants

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2016-2017

Sphero Chariot Races: $800

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

With a focus on helping elementary school students understand engineering design principals, I wanted to create a project that would allow students to take their design from concept to trial. Sphero Chariot Races is that project. Students will design chariots out of cardboard, tape, pencils, or whatever materials they think will work. These chariots must be attached to a Sphero robot that will carry the chariot around an arena. The chariots will be pitted against one another much like in Roman times to see which chariot will survive. This project will capture elements of engineering design, history, collaboration and teamwork, all the while allowing for healthy competition that will boost engagement from even the least attentive student.

2015-2016

STEM for Elementary: $1,000

Schools: Bethany, Chehalem, Beaver Acres and K-9 BSD Science Expo

Funding provided by Dave Gettling Technology Fund, The Spirit of New Seasons Market Awards, and the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program.

Hands-on STEM activity kits will be created to use at 4 evening STEM events for students and their families. It is expected that over 4,000 students and their families will be impacted by these events. All BSD Elementary teachers are invited to the K-8 Expo to learn about the kits and see them in action. Lesson plans that have been developed for the hands-on activities and are aligned to NGSS performance expectations will be included as a resource for teachers. Money will be used to create new STEM activity kits and to replenish the consumable supplies of STEM kits that have been created using past BEF grants. Both new and refurbished kits are part of resource library that can be checked out and used by elementary teachers throughout the year in their classrooms or for events like Open Houses, Back to School Nights, Pre-K Parent Nights, after school STEAM Clubs, etc.

Motion and Design: $1,000

Funding Provided through BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

A challenging aspect of teaching science is acquiring the materials required to launch and engage students in learning. My team hopes to dive into a larger unit called Motion and Design in order to elicit student outcomes of a greater excitement for investigating phenomena and gaining an understanding of academic language imbedded in unit. In this unit students will create, test, and revise models to explain the big ideas of energy transfer, balanced/unbalanced forces, gravity, and motion. Students will begin by exploring a skateboard demonstration and applying the concepts to model energy transfer and balanced/unbalanced forces into the building their own designs of a car. We want students to engage with the concepts and actively involve their learning to present their thinking in a physical model. Students will be able to use new scientific ideas and language to explain their plans as well build stamina as they persevere through the revision process to fine-tune their models. Students will defend their thinking and actively work with peers in a team. We also plan to transfer these big ideas into future conversations about careers in various STEM professions.

2013-2014

Arts for Learning (A4L): $312.50
Award will be used to fund two Arts for Learning units, with an artist in residence in one classroom in each grade 3-5 . Arts for Learning integrates standards-focused, text-based content and arts strategies to improve students’ achievement in literacy, learning and life skills.

2012-2013

Arts for Learning (A4L): $625
Award will be used to fund two Arts for Learning units, with an artist in residence in one classroom in each grade 3-5 . Arts for Learning integrates standards-focused, text-based content and arts strategies to improve students’ achievement in literacy, learning and life skills.

Wooden Car: $1,000
Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program
This project will fund materials for the Beaverton Science Specialist team to go to all 33 elementary schools and teach first grade students a science inquiry lesson. Students will learn about the motion of objects when a force is applied as they wind a rubber band around a wooden car and measure how far it goes over different surfaces.

Project STEM: Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: $1,000
Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program
Funding will provide materials for seven elementary schools to be a part of a pilot using highly motivating, integrated STEM projects. Using Project STEM activities, students will engage, explain, extend and evaluate project designs to find solutions to science and engineering design problems.

Mind the Gap: $4,890.24
Funding provided through the BEF STEAM 4 All Program
Many second through fourth grade students fall behind their peers and never return to grade level proficiency. This summer program aims to close the gap by offering an additional 64 hours of research-based instruction over four weeks. The added instruction will enable these students to close the gap before they return to class at the end of the summer.

 

2011-2012

Discovering the Oregon Trail: $667
Oregon Historical Society Traveling Trunks will provide students with objects, artifacts and materials and a hands-on interactive study of the way of life on the Oregon Trail. The study will culminate in a field trip to Historic Champoeg Park, where students will take part in role-play, observe models and explore cultures that were present in the Oregon Territory during the late 1800’s.

Arts for Learning (A4L): $625
Award will be used to fund two Arts for Learning units, with an artist in residence in one classroom in each grade 3-5 . Arts for Learning integrates standards-focused, text-based content and arts strategies to improve students’ achievement in literacy, learning and life skills.

Evaluating the Earth’s Landscape: $937
Funding provided through BEF Building STEAM 4 All
Acting as Geotechnical Engineers, fourth grade students will work through the engineering design process to evaluate a fictional landscape in Nepal, and make recommendations for a potential site to build a bridge. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in OMSI’s traveling program – Let’s Rock. The program will connect students with scientists in our community, as they learn about the dynamic forces that shape our earth, and how to properly identify rocks and minerals.

 

2010-2011

Arts for Learning (A4L): $312.50
Award will be used to fund one Arts for Learning unit, with an artist in residence in one classroom in each grade 3-5 during the spring. Arts for Learning integrates standards-focused, text-based content and arts strategies to improve students’ achievement in literacy, learning and life skills.

Technology Integration for Special Education: $1,000
Funding provided through BEF Building STEAM for All
Grant funds will be used to integrate iPad technology into small group or individual activities to support students with communication disorders. These students have greater success when provided with visual information.

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