Venture Grants at Work in Our Schools
STEAM Creation Stations
The STEAM Creation Stations Venture Grant provides students in the High School Library with more low-tech and no-tech opportunities to engage, collaborate, connect, inquire, and create with each other, at their own pace, while stimulating social connection, brain breaks, community building, and problem-solving skills.
Students drawing on the Buddha Boards, which are temporary water painting pads promoting mindfulness.
Students creating Perler Bead projects. Perler Beads allow you to create images or creatures out of plastic beads. Afterwards the creations are gently melted with an iron (library staff do the ironing) leaving students with a permanent plastic creation which can be used as ornaments, keychains, gifts, etc.
Students are inspired to engage in creative engineering building projects out of Keva Planks.
Intermediate Grade Flexible Seating
This is an example of surfer desks being used at General Wayne Elementary School. Before these desks were introduced the students would be sprawled on their stomachs working on their iPads. With flexible seating, they are in sitting position with the iPad at eye level which is more comfortable and conducive to getting more work done.