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Supporting STEM with Quadcopters

George Wheeler at Highline CHOICE Academy makes science COOL! He submitted an excel grant application last fall because he wanted to purchase Quadcopter kits for his students. He explained: “Quadcopters are innovative, remotely controlled rotor-wing aircraft that utilize 4 propellers and electric

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Growing a Community of Gardeners

Tracey Drum at Bow Lake Elementary requested an Excel Grant last fall because they were looking to expand their small garden by “growing a larger community of gardeners”!  It sounds like they succeeded … and more … Tracy reported: We

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Car Boats

Jeanette Yee from Parkside Elementary School submitted an Excel Grant application last fall for so her students could make Car Boats. Students used their conceptual understanding of electricity and circuits and built a basic car circuit that included a motor, propeller, batteries, wires and

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Getting Started with Reading!

Trina Samson, the librarian at Mount View Elementary submitted an Excel Grant application for books … At Mount View our students are making gains in their reading, and one of the ways they are doing it is by reading books

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Worms Eat Our Garbage!

Last November, Delila Leber a kindergarten teacher from Mount View Elementary school submitted an Excel Grant application with the most inventive grant title in the history of grant titles and what she wanted to do with the grant was pretty

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Starting Chinook’s Science Olympiad Team!

Students at Chinook who are interested in science have few options for pushing their learning outside of the classroom. Due to curriculum constraints and class size, many of these students are not able to reach their full potential within the

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Live Music Meets the Library

One of the pillars of the HSD Strategic Plan is to forge “strong partnerships with families and community. A personal goal for me has been to professionally combine my two interests of music and library. This grant would be a

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To Prep or not to Prep that is the Question!

Conquering the SAT and/or ACT Test! In her Excel Grant application, Jennifer Fichamba, a College & Career Specialist on the Evergreen Campus begins … “imagine learning that you need to take a test that would decide whether or not you

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Heart Rate Monitors for Health!

Physical education has always been a class where students are graded on participation, fitness skills and concepts, and “effort.” How, though, do I truly assess “effort?” How am I able to look at a student and determine if he/she is

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Wind Generator

Last fall, Kelly Egaas from Global Connections High School applied for an Excel Grant. The Wind Generator Project is a great example of the Global Connections science teachers’ work with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math; a holistic, real-world approach

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