EEF NEWS November, 2019


Maggie's STEM Lab Is Now Open At Farrand Elementary

Farrand Elementary School students now have a dedicated space filled with robust equipment and flexible furniture to engage in hands-on STEM practices thanks to the generosity of those who donated to the Maggie Kathleen Furlong Memorial Fund held with the EEF. The Furlong family wanted to support a project in a school that Maggie attended and reflected her strong love of Math. Such a project was found in the creation of "Maggie's STEM Lab".

Staff at Farrand Elementary in coordination with Plymouth-Canton Community Schools’ curriculum and technology specialists were able to convert an unused computer lab into a STEM Lab with flexible learning zones.  These zones allow for individual, partnering and small group lab work. The lab was designed and organized by a team that included Farrand teachers and media specialist, student leaders and district experts. The goal is to allow team-focused learning and creativity to occur in this space, equipping students with the tools and resources they need to master the STEM concepts.
 
An open house for donors who supported the Fund was held on on Monday, November 11 th . Students and teachers that were on the design team were there to demonstrate the equipment and were the first to work in the Lab. The Lab was officially opened to students and teachers the following day. 

The project was also supported by the Bosch Community Fund. They generously donated iPads, iPad cases and a charging cart to help equip the room with 21st century technology.

The Fund will remain open at the EEF to allow for the repair/replacement of equipment and consumables. Donations can be accepted on-line by clicking HERE .

About STEM:

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines - science, technology, engineering and mathematics – in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.  In STEM, students engage in real life situations by working to evaluate information, and apply research to problem solve. STEM labs support creating critical thinkers, increasing science literacy and encouraging innovation. Additionally, STEM labs help prepare students for occupations in STEM fields.
 
GRANT OF THE MONTH
Lego EV3 Robotics
Tracy Stop and Erica Chunovich
Liberty Middle School
$2,000

In this grant, students design, build, and program using the Lego EV3 Robotics kits. Students create video presentations that describe their process and to show their robot performing a maze challenge in autonomous mode.

This project supports classwork that is designed around inquiry and project-based learning. Students work cooperatively in groups to research, build, code, test, problem-solve, and repeat until the task has been accomplished. This is new for many students and is a great experience!

Feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive. They loved the robots!

 This grant was funded through the the Bosch BE3ST Grant Program in partnership with the EEF.

Holiday Schedule
The EEF Office Will be closed the following days:

Wednesday, November 27 - Sunday December 1

Monday, December 23 - Sunday January 5

W ishing you and yours a very happy holiday season!
WHO WE ARE
The Educational Excellence Foundation (“EEF”) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1985, for the exclusive purpose of providing financial and other support for students in Plymouth-Canton Schools.
Our mission is to help students achieve their highest potential through strong community partnerships that enhance the P-CCS educational experience.