Eduporium Educational Technology Grant

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Discovering and acquiring new STEM technology shouldn’t be a burden for school leaders and teachers. Eduporium’s monthly grant program makes it’s a little bit easier. Every calendar month, we award one $500 grant to a deserving educator, helping to build 21st century learning environments and equipping students with the skills they need for the future. Best of all, the technology can all be purchased from our store, making innovation in your school community easier than ever.

We’re looking for educators who have demonstrated innovation and creativity within their school community, those who have a financial need, and those who can provide a clear and concise instructional plan that can be implemented within six months.

Our Grant is open to all educators in the United States and we encourage everyone to apply! The application process opens on the first of each month and concludes on the 20th. Following the 20-day submission period, our team will review all applications and notify the awardee on the last business day of the month. We will announce the recipient via our Twitter account and contact the person directly. Educators can only apply once per month, one application per person. Those awarded the grant are then ineligible to apply for a calendar year. Recipients may use their grant award on any of the hundreds of STEM, MakerEd, and computing technologies available on the Eduporium store.

Eligibility:

  • K-12 schools
  • Libraries
  • Makerspaces
  • Afterschool programs
  • Museums
  • Scout organizations
  • Registered non-profits or charitable organizations with current 501(c)(3) status
  • Colleges
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Librarians
  • Robotics and Coding Kits
  • Drones
  • 3D Printers
  • Virtual Reality Systems
  • Engineering Tools
  • Makerspace Tools

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to accept international applications at this time.

May's Winner


Bartlett Makerspace, 

Lowell Public Schools

School


Bartlett Community Partnership School

Grades

K - 8th Grade

Products

littleBits kits, Monk Makes kit, Makey Makey, Teknikio kits

Project

Convert an old locker room into a makerspace for hands-on building and skills development for K-8 students.

June's Winner


Melinda Pastuszak, 

Henrico County Public Schools

School


Chamberlayne Elementary School

Grades

Pre K - 8th Grade

Products

Makey Makey and Squishy Circuits kits

Project

Pastuszak's goal is to use the products in multiple science and social studies projects across various grade levels. Initial plans for the new program’s launch include students using Makey Makey and Squishy Circuits to build models that represent various concepts, like parts of a flower and historic figures, and allow them to see firsthand how conductors and insulators work.

July's Winner


Nikki Lavergne,

Livingston Parish Public Schools

School

Livingston Parish Public Schools

Grades

pre-k/kindergarten, elementary, middle school, high school

Project

They are in the process of renovating a school bus and turning it into a community-based STEAM Machine. This bus is to be used in the community to help make STEAM activities accessible to economically disadvantaged and minority populations by hosting different community events throughout their parish in lower economic areas. 

September's Winner


Michellea Millis

San Antonio, Texas

Products

Raspberry Pi kits, Micro:bit kits, and other makerspace supplies

Project

Michellea will be receiving some coding and maker kits for virtual STEM activities. She works with BIPOC students in their CYBERLAB (Community-based Youth Building Engagement and Restoration) -- an out-of-school program that helps them develop technical and emotional skills for the future. With virtual projects taking place to start the year, Michellea hopes to help her students build cybersecurity skills through engaging challenges!

School

BrownSTEM

August's Winner


Amanda Callahan-Mims,

Knox County Schools

School

Spring Hill Elementary School

Grades

pre-k/kindergarten, elementary

Products

micro:bits, Monk Makes, Arduino Starter Kit, Cue Robot

Project

Amanda and her students are in the process of transforming their school's Technology Lab into a fully integrated STEM Lab and she's using her background as an archaeologist to inspire her students to use technology in new ways!

September's Winner


Scott Donnelly,

Carlynton School District

School

Carnegie Elementary School

Grades

3-6

Products

Ozobot Kits

Project

Scott hopes to introduce his students to the world of robotics at a pre-secondary level, so they can pursue other robotics endeavors in the junior high and senior high school.

October's Winner


Cynthia Rumery,

American School for the Deaf

School

American School for the Deaf

Grades

K - 12

Products

Root, BOLT, KEVA Planks, and MakeDo

Project

Cynthia is planning on using the tech she'll receive to expand what she refers to as her "basement makerspace." Since her students use ASL and are completely visual, her request for Root and BOLT are great ways to bring visual programs to them. She'll also receive KEVA Planks and MakeDo in order to allow her students to work more with their hands.

November's Winner


Victoria Blackmer,

Robert R. Jones Public Library

School

Bicentennial Elementary School

Grades

Pre-K to high school

Products

Makey Makey, Teknikio, Let's Start Coding, LightUp Edison, and more

Project

Victoria is planning on using the technology she'll receive to reinforce students' STEM experiences by combining the efforts of the library and a local elementary school. Ultimately, she hopes to make both facilities more appealing and engaging to her students, something that these new tech tools will help her accomplish.   

December's Winner


Mary Ledford,

Saline Area Schools

School

Harvest Elementary School

Products

2 sets of MakeDo ToolSet 360

Grades

Grades K - 3

Project

Students will work together in teams to build, paint and decorate a truck that would showcase a set of books that fit their "menu." The trucks can then be moved through out the building where visitors, staff and students can enjoy them and see the books they highlight. 

January's Winner


Martha Lanaghen,

MakerBolder

School

After School Program

Products

Ozobot robots

Project

Passport program at The Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest: Each child who attends the event will be given a passport to take with them to the 12 activity areas. When they complete an activity, they will be able to get a signature from that activity leader and, once they complete all 12 activities, they can turn in their passport for a chance to win one of the donated prize

February's Winner


Laura Luker,

PVCICS

School

Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School

Products

Padcaster

Project

Laura's students are going to be designing all types of projects, including a group that's going to be researching the impact fashion has on the world from the point of view of upcycling clothes. Another is going to be visiting an aquaponics space with some digital video equipment and then shooting a public service announcement.

Grades

Grades K - 12

March's Winner


Jacqueline Firster

Arlington, Virginia

School

Arlington Public Schools

Grades

K - 12

Products

MakeDo kits, Snap Circuits kits, KEVA Planks kits, and more

Project

Jacqueline is going to be using her award to create a mobile makerspace in her school and empower her fellow educators to create enriched PBL opportunities for the hundreds of students she works with! Among the goals she has for using her new technology are connecting literature to STEM and encouraging her students to solve real-world problems together

Grades

Middle School and High School

April's Winner


Ashley Alden

Los Angeles, California

School

Dayton Heights Elementary School

Grades

Grades K - 12

Products

MakeDo kits, Snap Circuits kits, KEVA Planks kits, Chibitonics

Project

Inspired by a local student who used every scrap, material, and object he could find in his dad's auto body shop to build an arcade game, Ashley is challenging her students to do the same. She will encourage her students to use their design and engineering skills as well as engage families and community members in their makerspace project!

May's Winner


Renee Wells

Bakersfield, California

School

Zephyr Lane Elementary

Grades

K - 6

Products

FLASHFORGE 3D printer and filaments

Project

We were very inspired by Renee's application and its ties to real-world STEM learning and community problem solving. Using 3D printing, she and her students will be designing and engineering 3D printed hands and lower legs for children in need! And, we really loved the idea of bringing the power of technology and the spirit of the Maker Movement together!

June's Winner


Jean Daley

Erving, Massachusetts

School

Erving Public Library

Grades

Elementary

Products

AdaBox002 and MakeDo ToolSet 360

Project

With these STEAM tools, her and her students are going to make some moving robots out of cardboard and we can't wait to see how this project gets everyone in the community excited about STEM! 

July's Winner


Heather Russell

Chester, Virginia

School

Chesterfield County Public Schools

Grades

Elementary

Products

Wonder Workshop, Sphero, and Edison robots

Project

Heather is on a mission to bring more coding and robotics to the 39 elementary schools in Chesterfield since she saw a need for greater STEM exposure for the younger students. She plans to organize and launch a district-wide Elementary Robotics Competition, involving older students as volunteers as well as community members. 

August's Winner


Kimberly Eure

Suffolk, Virginia

School

John F Kennedy Middle School

Grades

Middle School 

Project

Kimberly plans on having her students using Specdrums to create theme music for different pieces of literature - poems, news articles, picture books, novels - that they will read. By combining the two media, she'll have the opportunity to engage all students in reading!

September's Winner


Sharon Clark

Brownsville, Tennessee

School

East Side Intermediate School

Grades

Elementary 

Products

Snap Circuits kits, Thames & Kosmos kits, and a Horizon Renewable Science Kit

Project

Sharon's committed to empowering her students to create an entire "solar city" that they will display for their community during National Engineer’s Week this coming February.

October's Winner


Shirley Dickey

Houston, Texas

School

Clear Lake High School

Grades

High School 

Products

Bare Conductive Electric Paint and a Bare Conductive Touch Board Pro Kit

Project

Shirley is going to be challenging her makers to design and build a giant keyboard (9-12 feet) using conductive paint and other needed materials. She would like to see it painted on a wall, rather than on the floor, both for accessibility and sustainability.

November's Winner


Jason Kissel

Grove City, Ohio

School

South-Western City Schools

Grades

Elementary, Middle and High School  

Products

FLASHFORGE 3D printer and some filament

Project

This will be the first installment of Jason's pilot program, giving teachers the chance to create a shared lesson library centered on a piece of technology. Over the next few months, he will be working throughout his district to inspire the use of 3D printing, creation of shared resources, and collaboration between teachers across schools.

December's Winner


Ellen Peterson

Smithfield, Virginia

School

Smithfield Middle School

Grades

Middle School  

Products

Bloxels

Project

Students will program their own video games using Bloxels and design the “arcade cabinets” to house their iPads. They’ll brainstorm elements from World War II that will appear in their games. Using Bloxels, they’ll create levels that represent various battles to teach other students. And, to cover propaganda, students will incorporate various headlines into the design of their cabinets, allowing them to combine something they love with something historical.

January's Winner


Kern Kelley

Newport, Maine

School

Regional School Unit #19

Grades

Middle and High School  

Project

Using the SAM Labs Maker Kit, students will be building a Roomba-like robot to help their school's custodian with post-lunch clean-up. Harnessing the true spirit of the Maker Movement, Kern and his middle-school students will gain experience with authentic problem solving and help make a difference for one of the members of their school community!

February's Winner


Michelle Shea

Killeen, Texas

School

Texas A&M University- Central Texas

Grades

Middle School  

Products

micro:bit kits, PivotPi kits, and the Monk Makes sensor for micro:bit

Project

Michelle will be collaborating with the university's computer science department to offer a free coding camp for middle school students in the campus library. Using programming tools from us, including micro:bit kits, PivotPi kits, and Monk Makes accessories, she plans on developing a camp curriculum geared towards inspiring students to pursue computer science in the future!

March's Winner


Ed Mondragon

Salt Lake City, Utah

School

CTE Department at the Granite School District

Grades

Pre-k/kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School, High School  

Products

Hands-on Robotics Tools

Project

Ed will be leading virtual trainings for educators in his district, demonstrating how they can use STEM tools in their instruction. His ultimate goal is to bolster the Granite School District's computer science curriculum to ensure that students have access to relevant learning experiences throughout their time in school!

April's Winner


Hannah Bissett

Elyria, Ohio

School

Save Our Children

Grades

Elementary, Middle, High School  

Products

Variety of STEAM Technologies

Project

The Save Our Children program has been creating home learning kits for the students and families they serve. Committed to keeping hands-on STEM learning a part of student learning, they will be delivering kits, including some with STEAM supplies from us, to students who would otherwise not be able to access them.

May's Winner


Jessica Herr

Staunton, Virginia

School

TC McSwain Elementary School

Grades

Elementary School  

Project

Jessica and her students plan to combine a bunch of relevant STEAM areas in drone piloting, programming, engineering, art, and more as they design a project to study human impact on pollination. We will provide programmable drones for them to use in their lessons surrounding the role of drones in everyday life, studying bee communication, and data gathering!

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June's Winner


Sam Yancey

Candler, North Carolina

School

Haywood County School District

Grades

Elementary and Middle School  

Products

Strawbees kits

Project

Sam is in the process of creating send-home STEAM kits for his students to use in place of their traditional summer STEAM program. To help him create meaningful STEAM experiences despite the necessity of distance learning, we are providing him with some engineering and coding kits that can be easily assembled, disassembled, and transported for his students to use.

Grades

Pre-k/kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School, High School, College

July's Winner


Jonathan Long

New Holland, Pennsylvania

School

Eastern Lancaster County School District

Grades

Middle School  

Project

John will be receiving databot robots from us and using them to help his students study light levels, CO2 levels, and more through a creative project paired with the Sphero RVR. Since the two are compatible, he's planning on surprising his students by throwing in a twist -- they'll start picking up elements within their classroom as they move the robots around!

August's Winner


Carla Neely

Cleveland, Ohio

School

Warner Girls Leadership Academy

Grades

Elementary  

Products

Ozobot

Project

Carla will be receiving some Ozobot materials from us to use with her STEM students at her all-girls school. She has some creative project ideas in mind for remote learning and has a true passion for encouraging her female students to pursue STEM, especially computer science, in the future! With our help, she'll be able to give them new opportunities to collaborate, analyze, and communicate!