42 students visited the Makerspace today. Help empower their creation with a Makerspace Grant. For a $30 donation, you will be able to write an open-ended grant prompt and follow it's progress throughout the design process.
Donor grant prompts already submitted:
"Design a toy. Make a prototype and come up with marketing ideas."
"Create something that makes is easier to complete a task."
"Recreate a science demonstration, then show it to a class."
All funds will go entirely to materials/supplies that students choose for their projects.
do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that
felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to
success." "“Nikola Tesla
Our Makerspace at Grand Center Arts Academy is a "STEAM Room," a space
for students to maximize their creative genius. Each project permits students to integrate their
understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in a
project-based atmosphere. Rather
than learning a concept first, and then demonstrating their understanding on a
test, students in the Makerspace synthesize background knowledge and apply
their artistic skills to learn and create. Working in the Makerspace fosters independent learning.
choice and ideation lead to the highest levels of intrinsic motivation. As such, we hope to empower Makerspace students with authentic grant
opportunities to fund their ideas. We plan to raise $1140 to fund 38 "Makerspace
Mini-Grants." One $30 grant will be made available each week of the school
year for students to apply for funding for their long-term projects. While some grants will have a
specific focus: "Design a game that teaches a math concept," others will
be more open: "Propose a creative solution to a problem." Grant applications will require that
students plan & communicate project objectives, budgets, and evaluation
instruments. This type of
authentic writing is cross-curricular and aligns to the National Standards for
Arts Education goal of utilizing the arts to "as a way to create and
communicate meaning" and Practice 3 of the Next Generation Science Standards:
"Planning and carrying out investigations."
who meet the "Grantor" level of $30 will receive a "Call for Proposals"
template via e-mail and may choose to create their own grant topic for
100% of fund from this project will go directly to empower students to plan &
create their own inventions. Thank
you for your support!
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