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Replacement Blood Pressure Cuffs
June 2016$456
A mini grant of $465.50 was awarded to Montville High School for the purchase of 12 sphygmomanometers (blood pressure cuffs) for use in the Human Anatomy & Physiology and Human Biology courses beginning in the fall of 2016.

This equipment will replace old blood pressure cuffs that had deteriorated, developed holes and lost accuracy; and will allow future health care providers much needed experience gathering data on cardiovascular health.

Fablicator 3D Printer
June 2016$4,992

$4,992 went to Montville High School for the purchase of a Fablicator 3D printer to be used by the Technology Education Department for courses beginning in the fall of 2016.

This equipment will support the department in establishing a 3D Design/Technology/Engineering pathway and afford students real-world experiences in 21st century manufacturing and computer-aided design.  The goal is to provide students with the opportunity to create working prototypes, introduce industry software and language, and provide experiences that are common in today’s manufacturing workplace. 
 

Expansion of the myON Reading Program
June 2016$4,541

$4,542.50 went to the Montville Public Schools for the purchase of computers for use in the expansion of the myON reading program to second and third grade students beginning in the fall of 2016. 

The myON program is an online reading program that provides access to over 10000 e-books and tools to assess and improve student reading level. Each student is provided an individually-tailored electronic bookshelf, based on reading level and interest, and periodic assessment. Additionally, students are provided a variety of literacy tools to mark the texts and create journal entries which can then be reviewed by instructors. Students and teachers can track and celebrate progress. Additionally, teachers can personalize learning while also interacting individually with each student.

Initial results in the district show that students demonstrated substantial growth in reading and exhibited genuine enthusiasm for using myON. The goal is to expand the program to as many students as possible. 

Healing Through Yoga Mini Grant
December 2015$500

Healing Through Yoga Mini GrantThis is the first Mini Grant awarded by MEF. The program will provide students with strategies to help them become more focused and attentive in their academic classes.  The initial program will be held at Blissworks Yoga in New London with the program to be incorporated into Tyl's Pathways Program during scheduled physical education classes at the Middle School.

Pathways students have encountered various degree of trauma or instability in their life, diagnoses ranging from post-traumatic stress, ADHD or emotional disability. The school supports students both academically and emotionally in a therapeutic environment, focusing on mindfulness, healing with animals, belonging, generosity, independence and mastery. To enhance the program, yoga will afford students the opportunity to make neuromuscular-connections and develop strategies to positively assist in their mental well-being.

Video Production Club
June 2015$2,539


On June 11, 2015, the Montville Education Foundation awarded a grant of $2,539.48 to Tyl Middle School for the expansion of the Video Production Club. The funds will be used to purchase tripods, dollies, memory cards for cameras, and new HD video cameras.

The goal is to enhance the student's ability to communicate using visual, oral, and written medium.  It is anticipated that the films produced would be premiered at an event open to the community.

Vernier Dynamic Systems
June 2015$1,395

On June 9, 2015, MEF awarded $1,395.00 to Montville High School to purchase 5 Vernier Dynamics Systems to be used in physics courses allowing students to perform high-quality experiments that relate motion to fundamental physics principles.

Formation of MHS Guitar Class
June 2015$2,000

On June 9, 202015 MHS Guitar Class15 MEF awarded $2,000.00 to Montville High School to form the MHS Guitar Class and purchase guitars and guitar cases. The students will become “ambassadors” to the Middle School where they will conduct demonstrations and perform concerts. It is anticipated that the program will be expanded to the Middle School.

LEGO Mindstorm Robots
December 2014$5,000

On December 10, 2014, the Montville Education Foundation awarded a grant of $5,000.00 to Saint Bernard School for the purchase of LEGO Mindstorm Robot sets to be used in their Computer Science Curriculum. The curriculum using the Mindstorm Robots will involve computer programming, web design, data analysis, problem solving, human and computer interaction, and robotics. The units can be reused year after year. The program will be available to students in the high school grades initially in the fall of 2015. It is expected that the curriculum will be expanded down into the middle school grades in the future. The goal of the program is to enrich student learning through the study of computer science.

Play-Well TEKnologies
June 2014$2,700

In June 2014, the Montville Education Foundation awarded a grant of $2,700.00 to the Montville Youth Services Bureau for the Play-Well TEKnologies: Engineering with Legos program. Play-Well TEKnologies is an innovative learning program which explores concepts in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering and architecture through the use of LEGO building blocks. The students participating in the program will have hands-on experience in designing and building truss and suspension bridges, buildings, and much more. The program will be available to students in fourth through eighth grade and will begin in the fall of 2014. The goal of the program is to spark the interest of young boys and girls in the fields of engineering, construction, and architecture through creative means.

Using iPads as Educational Tool in the First Grade Classroom
June 2014$2,300

In June 2014, the Montville Education Foundation awarded a grant of $2,300.00 to Oakdale Elementary School to purchase 4 iPads for use in their First Grade Classrooms. The idea is to integrate technology into daily instruction with the use of iPads. The iPads will offer the opportunity to enhance students’ learning with direct and effective use of an easy to use and highly interactive technology tool. The program goals are to engage all students in a creative learning environment by increasing access to technology, to improve student learning and academic success, and to provide an additional approach to meet the needs of all students.

Leonard J. Tyl Middle School Technology Grant Funded
October 2013$4,972
Tyl Robotics Curriculum Enhanced thanks to Grant from the Montville Education Foundation, Inc.
June 2013$4,758
Armed with balloons and an oversized check, Directors from the Montville Education Foundation (MEF) descended upon Leonard J. Tyl Middle School, surprising teacher, Dan Peterson and parent, Marcia Nelson that their grant proposal had been approved for funding.
Thanks to the generosity of donors to MEF, Leonard J. Tyl Middle School RoboticsCurriculum & After School Program is the proud recipient of a $4,758.47 grant. Tyl was awarded the grant to build a more robust program to reach more students and encourage their interest in engineering and technology-based curriculum.
Students will use the grant funds to purchase the specific VEX robotic equipment and software needed to build a second robot, and then students will compete with their robots in various competitions at the local, regional, and national levels. Students work on building and programming robots, research other teams’ robots and performance, and strategize for future competitions. Robot tasks during competitions include careful maneuvering through obstacle courses, small object gathering and manipulation.
Robotics Curriculum & After School Program teacher, Dan Peterson and parent Marcia Nelson, prepared and submitted the grant application and stressed the importance of the robotics program for student learning. Receiving the grant for VEX robotics equipment will provide the students at Tyl Middle School with an opportunity to continue to enhance opportunities for exploration about computer programming, engineering and design, working together in teams, project management and participating in a competition.
Furthermore, Peterson noted how even a fun activity like participating in robotics competitions can lead to better opportunities for students’ futures, noting that students “may one day become creators, designers, and innovators in the fields of biomedical, civil, mechanical, chemical, or environmental engineering. Participating in the VEX robotics team will help them develop the skills they will need to be successful in those fields." Nelson added she is, “busy recruiting new students for the Robotics Program. It is a wonderful program with great opportunity.
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and the nonprofit community to achieve this work.

 

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