PVEF provides funds for teachers to purchase resources to implement innovative learning experiences in their classrooms. Teachers apply through a competitive grant process to access funds. Some examples of funded projects include: Artists in residence, robotics for computer coding, and furnishings to create a unique student study area.
Some of our Genesis Mini-Grants for 2019-2020 were:
CODING WITH CREATOR BOTS
The grant funds were used to purchase 6 Creator Bots. Students in grades 3-6 worked individually or in small groups. Using an online curriculum and teacher guidance, students then designed, built, and coded robots.
EXPLORING OUR WORLD OF VIRTUAL REALITY
The grant funds were used to purchase 8 complete sets of VR goggles equipped with iPod Touch. Students in grades K-6, using virtual reality, explored caves, coral reefs, and the solar system enhancing normal classroom instruction on those topics.
HEART RATE TRAINING
The grant funds were used to purchase 20 Garmin heart rate monitors. Multiple groups of students in grades 9-12 used the monitors to track when their heart rate elevated and learned what triggered the increase other than exercise. The monitors also enabled students to discover how the type and length of activity or exercise affected heart rate.
RAISING STRONG READERS WITH NON-FICTION BOOKS: FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT
The grant funds were used to purchase 52 nonfiction books for 26 Miles Township Elementary School students from grades K-4 who participated in the workshop. Parents were trained on the benefits of reading non-fiction and on interactive reading strategies. Students acquired subject knowledge, new vocabulary, improved reading comprehension, and recognition of text features.