2018 Recipients

Paul V. Moore High School, PI: Fred Kowanes – $1,330.41
Trout in the Classroom

Under this project students will establish a system to raise trout eggs in the classroom for later release into the local environment. They will design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.

Bolivar Road Elementary School, PI: Melissa Biviano – $ 4,777.00
Math for all Learners

Students with special needs currently make up 18.6% of the school’s population; these students have limited standards-based math resources available to help incorporate their multi-sensory needs. This project will utilize TouchMath to allow students to explore mathematical content through the use of multiple manipulatives and visuals, ultimately leading to students having the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.

Syracuse Latin School, PI: Krista Hunter – $5,000.00
Makerspace at Syracuse Latin

The purpose of this project is to create a Makerspace, a collaborative workspace where students can create, design, experiment, and develop ideas. This workspace will provide students a place where they can use their knowledge to invent ways to solve real world or imaginary problems, experiment with coding, robotics, or use no-tech tools to bring their ideas to life.

Syracuse Academy of Science, PI: Dr. Ugur Kocak – $4,500.00
Robotics Program

Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School, through its robotics program, offers students opportunities to learn the necessary skills and knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to empower them and prepare them for college, career, and citizenship.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, PI: Kimberly VanDuren – $3,266.60
Full STEAM Ahead at MLK

The purpose of this project is to deepen computational thinking practices for students in grades 5-6 through inquiry and project-based learning.

Watson Williams School, PI: DeAnne Dow – $5,000.00
Agriculture in and Out of the Classroom

Under this project, Special Education Students will grow fruits, vegetables, trees, and herbs for their cooking lessons for a hands-on learning environment where a broad range of abilities can work together and learn science, math, art, and literature while also learning important skills such as working in a group and project planning.

Utica Academy of Science, PI: Mustafa Kovar – $4,955.15
UASCS Atoms Robotics Program

This project will implement the robotics programs FLL and FTC with curriculum that integrates technology and engineering concepts into a grade appropriate STEM program to help inspire and prepare a new generation of engineering and computer science professionals.

Frederick Leighton Elementary, PI: James Hartmann – $4,037.65
Science Inquiry and Application at the Elementary Level

This project is designed to deepen problem solving skills for students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade through science labs, science experiments, and extra-curricular science explorations.

Gate-Chili High School, PI: Jared Starbird – $4,894.00

This project is will use a laser engraver and logo design software to teach trades to English Language Learners and/or poverty-stricken students while also strengthening the student’s excitement and pride in the work they are creating. The ultimate objective of this project is to improve the graduation rate of ELL and poverty-stricken students.

Belfast Central School, PI: Joshua Hazelton – $5,000.00
Ready for Robotics

Within this project, Belfast Central will create STEM programming for students in grades 3-12 by expanding curriculum and extra-curricular activities for students using robotic technology to give them the opportunity to learn by doing!

Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc. (WEDI), PI: Benjamin Bissell – $5,000.00
WEDI English-Language Learner After School Capacity Building

The Project seeks to expand long-term capacity of the ENERGY and FLY afterschool programs through classroom technology and equipment to empower English-language learners to acquire comprehension and fluency to attain parity with native English-speaking peers.