Spring 2016 Grants
Chestnutwold Classroom Economy
Students will learn valuable life and math skills from their own classroom economy. Designed to model real-world economic activity, students will earn a weekly salary from classroom jobs, budget money, make spending decisions and balance personal checking accounts. They will use a decision-making model to make consumer decisions and learn the importance of saving money.
In addition, the classroom economy will be the basis for lessons on consumer behavior and the effects of supply and demand and inflation on an economy. They will also learn to use Excel software to track personal spending and economic trends. The Chestnutwold classroom economy will also be woven into the social studies and math curriculum.
Science teachers and students at HHS will design, stock, and maintain a marine-reef aquarium. The marine reef aquarium is not a fish tank of the past but a technically driven, scientific endeavor that will provide limitless opportunities for inquiry-based learning.
From engineering the filtration system, water circulation, and lighting in the tank to the chemistry of water quality to the biology of the livestock chosen, students will have hands-on opportunities to apply scientific principles to sustain life in the reef for years to come.
National Science Honor Society Coming to HHS
To encourage and develop scientific literacy and excitement, HHS will start a chapter of the National Science Honor Society. In the first year, this student-run group will reach out to area colleges, universities, and professional organizations to invite guest speakers to the high school to speak about science, technology, and engineering.
In the future, the society will sponsor events such as a Maker Fair or Invention Convention to work with elementary and middle school students during a day of lectures and demonstrations and workshops to create inventions.
Fall 2016 Grants
Full STEAM Ahead at Chestnutwold
Full STEAM Ahead! will add science, technology, engineering, art and math activities at each grade level at the Chestnutwold Elementary School. Staff members will choose one, unifying STEAM theme for the year and each grade level will participate in four to five projects related to the theme. The themed projects will become real with a 3D printer, to be purchased as part of the grant. Full STEAM Ahead is a cooperative grant requested by 3 teachers at Chestnutwold.
Haverford Jazz Residency
The Jazz Artist-in-Residence will visit the school district for 8 days from December through March, working closely with the students and directors of the music department’s 5 jazz ensembles at HMS and HHS. During each visit, the musician will work with jazz students in rehearsals, private lessons, and sectionals. The artist will also perform at an assembly for the student body at HMS, HHS and at least one district elementary school. The residency concludes with the Evening of Jazz on March 3, 2017.
How to Build A Storm at Lynnewood
The Franklin Institute will bring its “How to Build a Storm” show to Lynnewood at the end of the weather unit for all 98 first graders. They learn – and will see – the water cycle, thermodynamics, air masses, and fronts in the unit and during this live demonstration of weather concepts in action.
Simple & Powered Machines
Lynnewood Elementary will purchase the Simple and Powered Machines Classroom Pack by Lego to allow fourth and fifth graders to participate in an afterschool club to design, engineer, test and modify more than 14 different simple (and not-so-simple!) machines. Fifth grade students begin the Motion and Design Science unit in the spring (as per the district curriculum) and the club will dovetail nicely with classroom learning activities. Fourth grade club members will be introduced to the work they will do the following year.
“Water” You Good For?
Science teachers and students at HHS will find out exactly what a BRS 6-stage Universal Water Saver Plus RO/DI System is good for across the science curriculum. They will be able to purify water in school for all experiments. The grant applicant, for example, needs purified water for a reef aquarium being installed in a science classroom at HHS. Just as the residents of Flint, Michigan could not drink the local water due to containments, many organisms will not survive in water containing elevated levels of chlorine and chloramines.