Beaverton’s Choice November Grants Awarded

Beaverton’s Choice November Grants Awarded

With thanks to our generous donors, including the Dave Gettling Technology Fund, The Spirit of New Seasons Market Awards, and the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program, the Beaverton Education Foundation was able to award $8,160 funding 10 projects this cycle. BEF has awarded 63 Beaverton’s Choice Grants and other awards so far this academic year totaling $71,864. BEF Beaverton’s Choice Grants are awarded monthly.

AP Apps for the Real World

School: School of Science and Technology
Recipient: Doug Wilson
Award: $1000

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

Students can take two years of AP Computer Science at SST. During AP CS Principles, students practice a modified version of the Agile Development Paradigm in developing products. An emphasis of this model is to involve clients in the development process so that the resulting product most effectively meets clients’ needs and desires. During AP CSA, students put their Java programming skills to the test in the real world. During the first semester, students contact potential clients who are interested in being the beneficiary of a new app. During the second semester students will form teams of three or four to develop an app for a selected client. Teams will work on producing the app over the last six weeks of the year, after their AP exam in early May until the end of the school year. Teams will meet with their client on a weekly basis during the six weeks. The goal is for each team to have developed an app which their client will use to their benefit.


Elementary Mentorship Field Trips

School: Terra Nova
Recipient: Sarah Chilcott
Award: $540

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All and the Spirit of New Seasons Market Award program

Our program consists of a 1 acre farm, a kitchen, a wood shop, and 3 teachers who are dedicated to bringing attention to sustainable living to kids of all ages. The students in the program are high school age and are excited to share their findings with younger kids. William Walker Elementary 2nd & 4th graders came to visit the farm last school year and we would love to have them back this year for two field trips, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. The plan is to have this be an ongoing relationship. Busing is our only roadblock, and this grant will provide for transportation.


ELLs learning English and Math through Coding with Ozobots

School: McKinley Elementary
Recipient: Chris Gilbertson
Award: $1000

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

English Language Learners (ELLs) are a demographic that have both huge hurdles and opportunities in our educational system. They bring with them diversity of culture, language, and experiences; yet they are also chasing a moving target in learning new content, cultural mores, and literacy skills in a new language. Technology is often a great equalizer, and the Ozobots provide a structure based in visual and kinesthetic modalities that allow for hands on experiences, language development, design, and advancement in critical thinking in both their native languages and in English. ELLs will learn coding in small groups using the Ozobots while simultaneously using English related to direction, measurement, movement, and interpersonal communication as a part of problem solving and discourse. The project will further develop their oral language skills, 21st century technology skills, and most importantly, problem solving using the Ozobots via collaboration.


Future Zoologists

School: Chehalem Elementary
Recipient: Emily Baker/Michelle Day
Amount: $844

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

The third grade team at Chehalem Elementary will go to the Oregon Zoo in January. We would like our students to focus on animals in groups, observations of artificial environments that replicate real world environments, explore differences between animal homes, and discover what all living things need for survival. Students will be able to interact with a living animal and with at least one touchable animal during a zoo school class.


Girls Engineering Club

School: McKinley Elementary
Recipient: Marla Davies
Award: $1000

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

The Girl’s Engineering Club provides an opportunity to the diverse, underprivileged Title 1 population of our school. Through this unique club we’d be providing an opportunity that opens doors into a field of study that has been predominately male. Ozobots will be used to develop their problem solving and computational skills through mathematical situations. We’re working toward debunking the stereotypical fixed mindset that girls aren’t mathematicians, scientists, and engineers.


Green Screen / Studio Technology Available for all students

School: Cedar Park Middle School
Recipient: Katelynn Hitsman
Award: $371

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

With this grant, students at Cedar Park will be given the opportunity to learn and experiment with the Touchcast video editing tool for iPad, that will help them build skills for public speaking, broadcasting, journalism and video editing which can be applied as job skills and can also be applied to future educational experiences. We would like to make a few deployable Green Screen kits, to make this accessible to all students, and help build equity. With green screens, lapel mics, iPad tripods these kits will be accessible to all students bringing them the ability to podcast, and create an online “Genius Bar” to help other students in the district with basic Chromebook shortcuts and fixes. These kits will be used by the majority of the school in classrooms as a feature for student presentations, podcast building, and as an introduction to video editing for many students who have never had the chance to experiment and learn what an iPad can do for them to bring their quality of presentations to the next level. We see these kits as being deployable into the classroom and also used in after school activities, such as leadership and drama.


Reaching Readers!

School: William Walker Elementary
Recipient: Erika Pollock
Award: $995

“Reaching Readers” is about connecting children to books, enhancing and enriching their literacy awareness and skills, and developing life long readers. With “Reaching Readers”, we will have the needed tools to support our most struggling readers and extend the learning and reading experiences of our emerging and proficient readers. We will bring to our 75 second graders: 1) Children’s books: we need more early readers, and multiple copies for guided reading groups. 2) Listening library: to complement our read alouds in class and immerse students in literature. 3) Whisperphones: a tool to help readers develop fluency and expression. There is a famous quote by Dr. Seuss: “The more that you read, the more that you know, the more that you know, the more places you will go.” We acknowledge, as teachers, that when we develop a child as a reader, we are opening opportunities for that child. With the Beaverton Education Foundation’s help, we can promote greater literacy by “Reaching Readers”!


Sphero SPRK+ programmable robots

School: Raleigh Hills K-8
Recipient: Kelly Muskat
Award: $960

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

Designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding, students will get hands on experiences in coding, higher order thinking and problem solving. Working with Sphero lets students practice creative problem solving, team work and collaboration. Results can be showcased to a larger community.


SrHS Custom designs-work experience

School: Southridge High School
Recipient: Liz Baer
Award: $450

The students in the work experience programs (a special education transition class) are currently developing a successful custom button business. The business provides students with an opportunity to do graphic design with their chromebooks, learn business concepts, and use real life math. We have received several large orders already. The button making machine that the students are using has been discontinued and was purchased in the 1990’s. The machine is not functioning correctly and needs to be retired. Currently, staff is needing to do most of the work as it is not safe for the students to use (rusty and broken). Also, the size of buttons that it makes is no longer standard. We have only found one vendor we can order supplies from and shipping from this vendor is very expensive. We desperately needing a new button maker package. The students enjoy the project and would like to be more hands on. If we had newer, safer equipment, students would be able to be independent in the manufacturing of the buttons.


Studying cells on earth to find life on other planets

School: Meadow Park Middle School
Recipient: Anne McHugh
Award: $1000

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

This project will allow students the opportunity to learn about cell biology and photosynthesis while collaborating on real science with NASA scientists at NASA Ames. The Bebout lab studies how microbial mats (a modern-day relative of the earliest forms of life on earth) adapt to new environmental conditions. Students will explore their work, and the work of other scientists studying extremophiles to provide context to the classroom experiment. We will culture these cyanobacteria (non-toxic) in class, varying environmental conditions to explore how these single-celled organisms respond to stress. This project allows students to explore all three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards through a hands on project with a real world connection. Student data on cyanobacteria growth will be utilized by NASA scientists in an upcoming scientific publication.