GCAA Makerspace Grant Program
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!
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.