Toshiba America Foundation Announces nearly $17,000 in Funding for 19 Innovative Classroom STEM Projects

New grant awards support exciting Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) education programs in grades K-5

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:30 pm EST

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New York
"Research has shown that student’s interest in science tends to drop off in middle school, so if we can engage students at an earlier age, we hope to reverse this trend, and capture young students’ interests."

The Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) today announced nearly $17,000 in grants for 19 innovative classroom STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic) projects in grades K-5.

Among these are grants for students to learn biology, computer science, environmental science, and engineering, such as electrical design, robotics and coding. Some of them address critical issues like climate change including alternative energy – but the common thread is that all of these projects incorporate novel ways to introduce STEM disciplines into the classroom. For example, Public School 139Q in Rego Park, NY will use a TAF grant to purchase LEGO and Botley robots and Ozobots for students to model how animals survive in their environment and depend on each other. The project will also empower students to use their creativity to build a habitat for their animal robots to navigate through using their coding skills.

"These grants make the STEM classroom more exciting for both teachers and students," said TAF President, John Anderson. "Research has shown that student’s interest in science tends to drop off in middle school, so if we can engage students at an earlier age, we hope to reverse this trend, and capture young students’ interests.”

Toshiba America Foundation’s grants aim to fund projects designed by innovative classroom teachers. This “direct-to-teacher” approach brings immediate results. Teachers are able to enhance the way they teach STEM subjects, because the grant supports equipment for hands-on experiments and project based learning to the curriculum. At TAF, we believe that learning STEM subjects is a lot more fun and engaging than just reading a textbook.

STEM educators interested in applying for a K-5 TAF grant please click here (deadline: 10/1) or a 6-12 TAF grant please click here (deadlines; > $5K: 5/1 & 11/1; < $5K: 3/1, 6/1, 9/1, 12/1)

About Toshiba America Foundation

Founded in 1990 with support from Toshiba Corporation and the Toshiba America Group Companies, Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) is a non-profit grant making organization dedicated to helping classroom teachers make STEM learning exciting, impactful and collaborative for K to 12 students in U.S. schools. TAF grants support public and nonprofit private schools throughout the United States.  For more information, please visit: www.toshiba.com/taf

Contact:
Mizuho Fischer
212-596-0617, mizuho.fischer@toshiba.com

TAF Grant Recipients:

Organization Information

Teacher

Project Title

Amount ($)

BATEMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, CHICAGO IL

 Samantha Soto

Composing with STEM

898

BAY POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ST PETERSBURG, FL

 Judith Genewick

Snap Circuits Success

270

CELENTANO BIOTECH HEALTH AND MEDICAL MAGNET SCHOOL, NEW HAVEN, CT

 Stephanie White

Dash the Dirt Robot

945

COASTAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL, SATELLITE BCH, FL

 Danika Warren

Solar Powered Hydroponic Garden

1,000

DEER POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, PANAMA CITY, FL

 Beth Ann Delmar

Small is High, Big is Low- This Is Science We Must Know!

1,000

DESERT WILLOW ELEMENTARY, CASA GRANDE, AZ

 Heather Wilson

The Three Little Pigs Build a STEM House

820

DINSMORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, JACKSONVILLE, FL

 Elizabeth Mayernick

Butterfly Garden & Sanctuary

1,000

ERMEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, HOUSTON, TX

 Ruth Marquez-Perez

Science Is Our Thing!

1,000

FISLER FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, FULLERTON, CA

 Kim Bass

Inventing Big with littleBits

959

GEORGE W, WHITLOW ELEMENTARY, CUMMING, GA

 Amberly Wood

What's in OUR Water?

950

KEELING ELEMENTARY, TUCSON, AZ

 Annie John

Exploring Through Action

1,000

KIPP BALTIMORE, BALTIMORE, MD

 Pearlita Kendall

The  EDIBLE Classroom

1,000

LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, OXFORD, MS

 Stephanie Brown

Getting Buggy With It

479

LUCE ELEMENTARY, W RICHLAND, IN

 Kristina Lindsey

4th grade lamps

650

MT. VERNON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SPRINGFIELD, OR

 Celina Ziolkowski

Fun Frog Facts!

704

P.S.139Q, REGO PARK, NY

 Elaine Miller

Project Based Learning with Robotics

991

PALMYRA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT, PALMYRA, NJ

 Stephen Graff

Local Watershed Field Study

1,000

THE HOWARD SCHOOL, ATLANTA, GA

 Matt Westmoreland

Design Thinking Project Measures, Records, and Analyzes Human Impacts on the Environment

957

WILDWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BATON ROUGE, LA

 Lori Bramlette

Building Our Futures: A Kindergarten Makerspace

999


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