2019 Recipients

Liverpool Middle School, PI: Kellie Bouthillier – $5,000
Virtual Reality for STEM Education

This project uses virtual reality in the classroom to guide students into a deeper understanding of STEM concepts. Through this immersive technology students will be able to better explore topics that are conceptually difficult to navigate, such as the desert, rain forests, or the ocean.

Van Buren Elementary School, PI: Sarah Parrish – $1,540
Van Buren STEM Club

Under this project students will collaboratively explore, investigate and discover subjects such as science, math, technology, and engineering in an after-school learning environment. Students in the club extend their learning through a series of hands on experiments and challenges including working with Ozobots and Makey Makey kits, and other engineering and design manipulatives to explore coding, robotics, and the engineering design process.

Bolivar Road Elementary School, PI: Renee Burgess – $5,000
Sensory Friendly ChillSpa

Under this project students will have access to a peaceful multi-sensory environment. The room will help students to self-regulate their body and brain, which then carries over into the classroom learning environment.

East Hill Elementary School, PI: Danielle Tuttle – $3,600
East Hill Coding Club

This project will implement a coding group where boys and girls grades 2-5 can learn coding and computer skills before school, giving them an expanded view of future possibilities available in STEM.

Fayetteville Manlius High School, PI: Ben Gnacik– $3,481.85
Bringing The World To Our Students

This project allows students to be active in environments in order to cement learning standards using Next Generation Science Standards methods of beginning units with an experience or concept. Students will virtually visit ecosystems that textbooks and photos often struggle to make relevant.

Utica City School District, PI: Adam Lovecchio – $4,911.36
Robotics/Coding Lessons/Club

Under this project students will learn how to build and program robots using Vex Robots in class and after school in the Robotics Club. Students will gain valuable knowledge in programming and engineering as well as an understanding of the parts of a computer.

Sauquoit Valley Elementary School, PI: Mark Putnam – $2,018
STEAM Studio/Rube Goldberg Challenge

Under this project a STEAM studio will be created so that students will be able to collaborate, design, and build different objectives. The first challenge will be the 4th grade students building a Rube Goldberg machine to put money in a piggy bank.

Casey Park Elementary School, PI: Shannon DelloStritto – $1,354
All STEAM Ahead

This project will provide a STEAM learning environment that allows students to explore, design, and imagine using science inquiry and project based learning.

Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School District, PI: Lee Meyers – $1,799.99
Sphero Supercharged Robotics

This project will introduce coding and foster creativity through discovery among K-6 grade students. Students will experiment with momentum as they learn about motion and forces as they use the robots to test the structural integrity of a bridge they create.

McConnellsville Elementary School, PI: Shelly DeLosh – $1,650
All Aboard The Coding Express

Students will learn to code with the Lego Coding Express. Through hands-on engaging play, students learn important concepts such as sequencing, looping, and conditions while developing problem-solving skills, critical thinking and collaboration.

Clinton Middle School, PI: Sarah Gaetano – $1,959.16
Creative Freedom Friday

Under this project students will have “Genius Hour,” a service project which allows students to work actively in the identification of problems within their community and aiming to solve them in a creative fashion. Through the projects, students will become life-long advocates and functional members of their community.

Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School, PI: Doug Borzynski – $4,991
Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School STEM Lab

Under this project Buffalo Academy of Science will use its state-of-the-art mobile STEM learning lab to excite and engage buffalo youth in job-ready STEM careers upon high school graduation. The mobile STEM learning lab will expose youth who are typically underrepresented in STEM to in-demand jobs, help them become job ready in today’s global economy, and contribute to the expansion of a skilled STEM workforce, both in Western New York and elsewhere.

Utica Academy of Science Charter School, PI: Genevieve Campanella – $1,895
Student Success Through Literacy and STEAM

The goal of this grant project is to promote lifelong learning by equipping classrooms with hands-on learning tools and enhancing engagement with parents and community members through interdisciplinary STEAM activities and events.

Syracuse Academy of Science High School, PI: Alexandra Carlson – $3,238
SAS Band Instruments

This grant supports the expansion of the band program, adding a bass clarinet and tenor saxophone which are integral part of a high school band and essential to providing students college-ready high school band experience.

Syracuse Academy of Science Middle School, PI: Jillian Knapp – $1,350
Middle School Science and Academic Fair

Under this project students will take part in science and academic fairs which will excite students about science and academics while also teaching them how to run controlled experiments and about the scientific method.

Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship, PI: Hayley Ireland – $4,245.69
Citizenship Makerspace/Junior STEM

The enrichment program closes the gap in STEM learning for low-income, ENL and minority students by providing an engaging environment that exposes students to STEM at a young age and facilitates collaboration and engagement through creativity.

North Side Learning Center, PI: Hussein Yerow – $5,000
Making Futures Bright: Exploring New Places

The North Side Learning Center will utilize these funds in conjunction with additional funding to purchase a 15-passenger van to bring students to the communities’ many resources such as museums, the zoo, parks and lakes, and colleges.