Digital Learning Grant
We recently applied for the 2017 Digital Learning Grant through the Indiana Department of Education. We are very excited to announce that we were awarded this $75,000 grant!! With this money we will purchase tools/materials and provide PD for staff to expand opportunities for students by building/creating ‘makerspaces’ across our district. We are very excited to implement the maker movement into Scott County School District 1!
The maker movement is a national and international movement - where anyone that is using tools and/or materials to make things is considered a "maker". There is no right or wrong way to design a makerspace. However, we want to implement this in our district with curriculum being the platform and makerspace projects extending the lessons or simply providing students the opportunity of developing skills necessary for the real-world.
This international movement is here at Scott County School District 1 and we are implementing ‘makerspaces’ across the district. It’s a wave of excitement integrating projects and challenges in library spaces and classrooms where students are gaining a wealth of skills. We are creating safe spaces (library, classrooms, carts of materials, etc.,) where we give students the opportunities to be creative thinkers, designers, and makers with a curriculum focus. It can be an array of different projects integrated with curriculum that teachers and students are interested in learning more about through arts, crafts, legos, robotics, technology, graphic design, coding, 3D-printing, woodworking, laser cutting, and so much more. It's a space where we allow students to make, create, tinker, explore, design projects, and learn by doing. We will also be partnering with Mid-America Science Park to provide more opportunities with 3-D printing, makerspace rooms, and robotics. We are excited to see this vision come to life and grow across the campus of Scott County School District 1!
Posted: Saturday, April 1, 2017