Success Stories

Our teachers are working each day to create a positive and creative learning environment. As a community, we can be a part of that effort in a variety of ways. One way is to support teachers by making donations directly to their classrooms. Many teachers find themselves spending money out of their own pockets to make learning opportunities happen that are not funded by traditional funding streams. When you donate to a teacher, the funding comes through us and goes directly to that teacher. And because we are a nonprofit organization, you are eligible to earn a tax deduction for the donation.
The City of Meridian was recently named the Best Place to Live in America! One of the reasons Meridian was chosen was the quality of the education students receive.  We have amazing educators and support staff.
 
Here are some great success stories to tell:
 
Maker Space  Amy Armstrong at Heritage Middle School
 
Using the grant money, I was able to create a maker space in the library with many different resources for students to have hands-on learning experiences. In the past year, I have seen students build, invent, and design. I have seen them problem solve and work in teams. I have seen them teach each other how to do complicated projects.  Another exciting development is that I see new students in the library who are excited about learning more about the STEM subjects. I see a passion and curiosity take hold as we have maker night activities. I see students finding an affinity for a possible career path.  What I love the most is, seeing students come alive as they explore the maker space and what it has to offer.
 
 Kim Zeydel at Meridian AcademyMath Nav
 
The Education Foundation has funded a laptop, TI-Nspire handhelds (calculators) and science probes. We have used these to help the students understand abstract concepts through simulations and hands on activities. Texas Instruments  has a wealth of ready to use activities aligned to the Common Core State Standards that are available free of charge that we frequently use. The TI-Nspire Navigator system which was installed on the laptop allows the teacher to do quick formative assessments to check for understanding. It also enables the teacher to monitor what each student is doing as the computer will screen capture what is on the students' handhelds. Thus, the teacher can see who needs help, who is finished, or who is off task.
 
Dorian
 Cindy Dorian at Spalding STEM
 
Our project was designed to introduce students to robotics. Students were to define and explain what a robot is and is able to do, understand the mechanical workings of robots and relate their knowledge of simple machines, and create robot vehicles and arms.
 
The project’s second focus was gain experience with the engineering process. Using the FOSS Science Kit Ideas and Inventions. Students were to use techniques of observation they learned with the kit materials to solve a real world problem.  The robotics equipment was an exciting addition to our program. I was unable to use the materials with third grade due to the level of difficulty reading and understanding directions and difficulty working with the manipulatives. I did use the program with 4th (125) and 5th (110) grade students. This first year I did introductory lesson and building. Next year, 5th grade students will be ready to the programing features of the robotics equipment.  Having additional materials really allowed my 5th grade girls to shine. Before instead of working in partner groups, the students had to work in groups of 4 or 5. Consequently, each student got less hands-on time and the boys in the group tended to take over the projects. We these additional materials, the girls were able to do all the work themselves and they were extremely excited about it.
 
Coding Fischer Brian Fischer at Eagle Hills Elementary
 
Our project was designed to introduce students to robotics. Students were to define and explain what a robot is and is able to do, understand the mechanical workings of robots and relate their knowledge of simple machines, and create robot vehicles and arms. The project’s second focus was gain experience with the engineering process. Using the FOSS Science Kit Ideas and Inventions. Students were to use techniques of observation they learned with the kit materials to solve a real world problem. The robotics equipment was an exciting addition to our program. I was unable to use the materials with third grade due to the level of difficulty reading and understanding directions and difficulty working with the manipulatives. I did use the program with 4th (125) and 5th (110) grade students. This first year I did introductory lesson and building. Next year, 5th grade students will be ready to the programming features of the robotics equipment.  Having additional materials really allowed my 5th grade girls to shine. Before instead of working in partner groups, the students had to work in groups of 4 or 5. Consequently, each student got less hands-on time and the boys in the group tended to take over the projects. We these additional materials, the girls were able to do all the work themselves and they were extremely excited about it. 
 
Jons Brett Jons at Pioneer School of the Arts
 
My class had 93% growth with an average of 18 points of growth per student. The significant difference is, in my opinion, is the extensive use of this technology in the classroom. Technology that was made possible partly through grants.
 
  
 
 
St Luke's Scale Project (a Donation of $5000)
St. Luke's allowed us to  ]purchase a digital readout scale for every school in our district.  St Lukes
We can now collect BMI information for students (we are very cautious with this information) and we can help students learn to be healthier.
 
 
 

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