Up from more than $16k last year, the Council Rock Education Foundation (CREF) presented nine grants totaling $20,772.28 at Thursday's Council Rock School Board meeting.
CREF is an independent group whose mission is to support programs that enrich education in the district.
The foundation received 26 applications this year, and the nine listed below are the projects they chose.
- App Development: David Diele, Council Rock North
Students will learn to develop applications for smartphones and similar devices that they may later submit for production on Apple or Android platforms.
- Robotics Academy: Joe Holm, Holland Middle School
Hands-on experience will teach students how to design robots for practical use and some may compete in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) program.
- Science Club Telescope: Dave Curry, Holland Middle School
Eighth grade astronomy students and the Science Club will use a multi-purpose telescope to view and capture astronomical activity.
- Better Labs with LabQuests: Michael Mitrovich, Council Rock North
Physics students will collect and analyze data to further their study of physical concepts and better prepare them for college labs.
- Tales of the Towpath Traveling Truck: Anna Rabberman, Janet Clifford, Debbi Cicchiello; Richboro and Hillcrest Elementary Schools
The program will teach students about mid-19th century life along the Delaware and Lehigh canals through hands-on discovery.
- iPads for RTL Reading: Kerry Gallagher and Alexandra Wrigley, Churchville Elementary School
Kindergarten students will use iPads to learn better reading and phonics strategies and improve their skills.
- Rock Rovers NASA Project: Jeff Warmkessel, Council Rock South
Students will have the chance to improve the rover that last year's NASA team built and then see it tested at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.
- Inclusive Practices: Wendy Lauch, Council Rock South
Intensive Learning Support and Life Skills students will be given materials to help them better access the general education curriculum with their peers.
- Egyptians and Engineering: Nicole Leiberman and Charyl Hills, Goodnoe Elementary School
Sixth graders will have a modern take on ancient pyramid construction while high school students are able to mentor them.
For more information about CREF, visit www.crsd.org/cref.