Two grants were awarded recently by the Saint Peter Education Foundation in the amount of $7,385. Those two grants were awarded to the following projects:
- The Nintendo, Design and Cardboard-Nintendo Labo (North Elementary) - $3,660.00
- The Nintendo, Design and Cardboard-Nintendo RIGAMAJIG (South Elementary) - $3,725.00
“We are extremely grateful for the Saint Peter Education Foundation and the grant funds they provide,” Saint Peter Superintendent Dr. Jeff Olson said. “The funds we receive through these grants help support innovative educational opportunities for our students. We look forward to putting in place the programs that were funded and in evaluating their success on behalf of the students of District 508.”
The following is more information on where the grant money is being used:
North Elementary Grant: Nintendo, Design and Cardboard
Students will use the Nintendo Labo software to build a cardboard fishing rod, RC car, or motorbike. After completing the build, students use the Nintendo switch screen and controllers to bring their cardboard creation to life. Students follow Labo software instructions to program their cardboard for fishing or racing adventures. Once students feel comfortable with the initial program, they will be able to experiment and explore the many ways they can alter their cardboard build.
“The Nintendo Labo program gives students an opportunity to read nonfiction, technical writing, follow directions, program, code, build, and work through the design thinking process,” Angie Potts, STEM teacher for North and South, said. “It is an awesome opportunity that I had a chance to pilot this past year with the support of Nintendo and the Institute of Play in New York. After piloting this program with two of the six third grade classrooms, I’d love to provide the opportunity, each year, to all third graders.
South Elementary Grant: Rig-A-Ma-Jig
The RIGAMAJIG provides students with a safe way to design and build like an engineer, according to Potts. They are able to use tools and materials that are age appropriate. They are able to create objects that move, explore simple machines, and build large scale models.
“Students in both kindergarten and first grade will have the opportunity to participate in introductory lessons with the RIGAMAJIG,” Potts said. Students will go through lessons to learn expectations of the materials as well as practice how to build with the materials. We will have several mini challenges for students to work together to build with RIGAMAJIG.”
After the introductory lessons, students in both grades will continue to use the RIGAMAJIG as extensions to their projects. Kindergarteners and first graders will use RIGAMAJIG to build a variety of structures, as well as things such as letters of the alphabet, or a bridge that will be able to support a variety of bigger weights.
About the Saint Peter Education Foundation
The Saint Peter Education Foundation provides funding to support innovative, creative and experimental teaching and student learning experiences in Saint Peter Public Schools.
Individuals, groups, and organizations wishing to contribute to the Saint Peter Educational Foundation should go to www.stpeterschools.org/about/education-foundation or contact Dr. Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org.