GCAA Makerspace Grant Program

$990 of $1,140 goal

Raised by 14 people in 39 months
Andrew Goodin  SAINT LOUIS, MO
"I 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.

Student 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."

Donors 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 students.

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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Update 3
38 months ago

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.

Thank you!
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Update 2
38 months ago

Empower student creation with a Makerspace Grant. Grantor level donations have now been reduced to $30!
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Update 1
38 months ago

Our first GCAA Makerspace grant has been funded, just 37 to go!
1 down, 37 to go!
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$990 of $1,140 goal

Raised by 14 people in 39 months
Created July 12, 2013
Matt Frederickson
7 months ago
Ted Frigillana
34 months ago

Creative and great things are coming out of the GCAA Makerspace. Great Work!

Sara Beuckman
36 months ago

Keep up the Good Work Drew!

Dianne Gray
36 months ago
Bo Beuckman Ford
36 months ago (Offline Donation)
Tessa Wix
37 months ago

Here's to turning the page.

Lisa Selligman
38 months ago
Gregory Hill
38 months ago
Michael Goodin
38 months ago

Z and I think it is great what your doing!!! keep up this great work for all our younger generations! Design ROCKS!!

Sara and Brent :)
38 months ago
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