McKay Grants

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2016-2017

Growing K-5 Engineers Through Robotics: $1,000

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

This project will create three collaborative robotics stations in the McKay makerspace. Students will learn practical 21st century STEM concepts of design engineering, construction principles, and basic programming through the use of Lego robotics, light sensing programmable Ozobots, and a Sphero Spark gyro/spherical bot. Students in K-5th grades will take a pre-assessment of conceptual engineering knowledge before beginning to cycle through the robotic makerspace stations. They will then complete engineering and programming tasks which align with grade level NGSS standards, one for each of the three robotic stations, Students will document their findings. K-2 students will demonstrate their growth using a video “vlog” in their SeeSaw digital portfolio. Grades 3-5 will use a Google survey to describe their discoveries.

2015-2016 

Maker Space: $1,500
Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

To create a space in our library where students can engage in creative thinking through a combination of manipulatives and books.  This would include Legos, robotics, video creation, origami, coding and construction with cardboard, among other items. Funds will be used to purchase of books, origami supplies, Legos, green screen creation, furniture for the space, storage supplies for maintenance of items.

2014-2015

More Active Girls – Go Girl Go!: : $584
Funding provided through the Nike Employee Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

Supports wellness and physical activities, designed to increase self-esteem and communication skills, for female students in the Aloha area.

iLearn with iPads: : $1,000

Grant funds will be used to purchase iPad Minis for special education students to use in the Resource Room to practice skills taught by the specialists. Increased practice, using a highly motivating device like the iPad, will help students achieve better outcomes in academics, speech, language, and social communication.

2013-2014

Go-Green – Sustainability STEM Summer School: $7,700

Host School – Vose/serving students from Vose, Greenway, McKay, Montclair and Ridgewood Elementary Schools

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

This hands-on science, technology, engineering and math summer program will serve English Language Learners, migrant and Native American students.  The program includes a focus on community education through partnerships with KBOO and Beaverton’s Video Tech Cadre, students will create radio, multi-media and web productions to share their learning about the importance of “Going-Green!”

 

At Risk Boys Group: $1,000
The goal of this project is to help this group of students experience healthy ways of relating to each other, encourage good choices, build trust and self-esteem.  Grant funds will be used for a team building activity at Tree-to-Tree Adventure Park.

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.

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 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.

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.

Water W.O.L.F. Camp: $10,000
Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program
This summer program is designed for economically disadvantaged students in grades second through fifth who are below grade level standards in reading and/or mathematics. The goal is to prevent skill loss over the summer months and build background knowledge, specifically in science. The program will also provide students with the opportunity to explore careers in science and deepen their understanding of college and career readiness skills.

 

2011-2012

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.

 

2010-2011

W.O.L.F. Camp (Wondering/Observing/Learning/Fun): $9,870
Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program
Imagine a child who has never been to the zoo, hiked a forest, or dug in the dirt to look at bugs. Efforts to encourage this child at school fall flat because the child has no background knowledge to help him/her access curriculum. The goal of this grant is to address the lack of background knowledge of at-risk students by taking them to see things for themselves. This summer program will be an integration of reading, math and science and will be taught in a fun and creative way culminating each week with real life learning on a field trip.

Summer Book Bags: $1,000
Sponsor: Nike
This grant will support a summer reading project that encourages students to continue reading over the summer. Maintaining reading over the summer will help maintain or increase academic achievement across the curriculum. Special summer reading bags will securely contain appropriately leveled, high interest books for students to take home over the summer and return at the start of the school year.

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.

Take My Teacher Home: $1,000
Take My Teacher Home is a project that extends the school day in a fun and exciting way for kindergarten readers. Students will benefit from teacher instruction by taking home an Ipod loaded with pre-recorded lessons. Each lesson includes vocabulary, letter fluency, a song, poetry, literature and occasionally a writing exercise.

 

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