The Kalispell Education Foundation completed its award presentations on Monday Afternoon with a visit to Michele Kisler’s classroom at Hedges Elementary School. The presentation was made by KEF Director Mike Kofford along with KPS Superintendent Mark Flatau and Hedges principal Natalie Miller. The Hedges Geocachers project will teach students how to use math, geography, and a satelite link while using new GPS units supplied by grant funds. Brief project descriptions for all awarded projects are listed below:
Hedges Elementary School. Project: Hedges Geocachers: Connecting with Our World.
Hedges Geocaching Club provides the opportunity for students to use math and technology outside the classroom in a way that connects them to their neighborhood, their world, and to satellites in space; in real time, and in a way that is personally relevant to their learning.
Glacier High School. Project: DNA Barcoding for Life
One hundred-forty freshman biology students from GHS will study taxonomy using a new approach that incorporates conservation. Students will access these technologies by sequencing native plant DNA from native species garden on the GHS campus. “DNA barcoding” and electrophoresis will provide students the opportunity to learn lab techniques that are not available in most high schools and partner with FVCC.
Russell Elementary School. Project: Music Room Additions for Creative Minds
The Linderman Educational Center’s Art Department will work to create a mural for Russell Elementary School’s music room that will bring color and a pleasing environment to the music classroom there. A Linderman student will collaborate with Russell Elementary students to create a welcoming atmosphere for students to be creative, express themselves through movement and sound, and take pride in their school’s music program. Even though the classroom is on a stage, the teacher would like to create the best possible environment for learning; one that inspires and is filled with instruments.
Kalispell Middle School. Project: Coding with Ollie the Robot
Ollie is a multipurpose robot that can be programmed using free applications on both IOS and Android. This innovative technology provides students with a hands-on learning experience that requires STEM (science, technology, math) related educational skills. Teachers throughout KMS will collaborate to ensure that at lease 600 students will experience Ollie each year.
Kalispell Middle School. Project: Social Responsibility Class.
The KMS Social Responsibility Class addresses specific needs of our high-risk students. It empowers students through interactive and team-building activities to teach social/emotional, conflict resolution, goal setting, and personal insight skills. Field trips, staff mentors, and classroom leadership round out opportunities to engage and motivate student success.