2017 STRATEGIC INNOVATION GRANTS AWARDED

AMONG THE 27 GRANT PROPOSALS WERE SUBMITTED, 12 WERE AWARDED. ALL 27 WERE VERY STRONG AND THE PANEL OF JUDGES WORKED HARD DURING TWO SESSIONS TO MAKE THE DIFFICULT DECISIONS. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE WHO APPLIED!

As part of our mission, and in partnership with our school division, we launched the Strategic Innovation Grants program, created to encourage innovative instructional design and support engaging learning experiences for Goochland students. The goal of this program is to encourage research and development on cutting edge instructional practices that will provide students with the critical 21st century skills and abilities that are needed for success in an ever-changing global market.

Through the competitive grant process, we awarded $15,000 in grants this year for 12 projects. All of the projects incorporate technology and teach the necessary skills to prepare the students for work and life in the 21st century.

The projects are:

Byrd Cam – Byrd Elementary School. students will learn how to care for animals, experience firsthand the origin of food, and learn about the life cycle through hands-on activities.

Come Grow with Me:The Best is Yet to Be – Goochland Elementary School. Students will explore and create “naturescapes” on the school playground through activities like gardening and composting.

Crank Up the Music – Byrd Elementary and Goochland Elementary Schools. Students will design, develop, and build an automated musical instrument.

Goochland On the Green – Randolph Elementary School. This project will take students on a journey into the five districts of Goochland County, including a showcasing of Goochland’s Courthouse Green.

Grow Right, Eat Right – Goochland Middle School. Students will design, construct, and utilize raised beds in the Goochland Middle School courtyard in order to grow plants connected to the school-wide project completed in 2016-17 in association with the Middle School’s 2016 “Partners in the Arts” grant.

Hummingbird Robotics – Goochland Elementary School. Students will work in teams to design and build their own inventions using materials such as motors and circuits.

Kindergarteners as 21st Century Authors – Randolph Elementary School. This project will leverage instructional technology to help students produce self-directed electronic books.

Low Ropes Challenge Course – Goochland High School. Students will design and construct a low ropes challenge course that will be used by a variety of student and community groups for years to come.

Maker Mondays – Byrd Elementary School. Byrd Elementary School will host a family S.T.E.A.M. night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) the first Monday of each month.

Project Guardian – Goochland High School. This project asks students to become archeologists in the creation of their own newly discovered civilization.

Reading Around the Courtyard – Byrd Elementary School. Students will work in cross-grade-level teams to develop an interactive story by using the school’s courtyard as the setting.

The Science of Sound – Randolph Elementary School. Students will participate in the development and construction of a marimba instrument under the guidance of a professional musical clinician.

Winners of these grants will share what they learned, collaborate on new ideas focused around deeper learning, and discuss how their risk-taking can be implemented in regular instructional programming during a two-day professional development symposium at the end of the school year.

We look forward to watching the projects as they develop and the final results in June, 2018.

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