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Elementary Teachers Receive $1,000 Grant for STEAM Robot


Elementary teachers receive $1,000 STEAM grant 


STEAM Grant Winners

Caledonia-Mumford Teachers Receive $1,000 Grant Funds

The Caledonia-Mumford Elementary Awards Assembly, on June 4, 2019, provided the perfect setting to present teachers Rita Merlo and Mary Burns with the $1,000 Hudson-Kramer Memorial Grant from the New York State Retired Teachers’ Association Central Western Zone. The grant funds will be used for the 2019-2020 school year to purchase a Dash and Dot Robot to be placed in the elementary library and used with grades K-5. A Wonder Curriculum Pack Bundle that includes an extra Dash and Dot robot with an accessory pack that has a launch, xylophone, curriculum guide, coding challenge cards and a one year subscription to the Dash and Dot lesson library will also be purchased with the grant.

The new STEAM program Dash and Dot robot set will promote the integration of coding robotics and enhance literacy. The STEAM program provides a sound foundation for teachers to design units and lessons in science, technology, and engineering. The tools purchased with the grant will allow teachers to integrate literature and art with projects and activities that expand students’ understanding of the physical world around them.

As stated in the grant application, “The STEAM program will provide hands-on activities through which students will write creatively, design research projects and present their findings. The robotic tools purchased through the grant will assist students with coding, collaborating with peers, and designing art. These tools generate interest and excitement for students while providing opportunities for greater understanding for physical science and engineering concepts.” By enhancing the STEAM program, all students and teachers in the elementary school will greatly benefit from the grant.

The New York State Retired Teachers’ Association (NYSRTA) Hudson-Kramer Memorial Grant was established to support and encourage our still active colleagues teaching in New York State public schools. The grant is given to honor the memory of Ross C. Hudson from Gouverneur, who was a stalwart, devoted member of NYSRTA for many years and a long-time member Florence Coulter Kramer, who was a dedicated veteran teacher in New York City and New Rochelle school districts. The grant is awarded every two years by the Central Western Zone which serves the ten counties of Livingston, Monroe, Seneca, Steuben, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming, Allegany and Yates.