|LEGO Children's Fund Grants Awarded:
The following organizations have recently received support from the LEGO Children’s Fund:
American Renaissance Elementary School
To implement an in-class science “field trip” program to provide students with imaginative, hands-on experiments that will transform the first grade classrooms into a living laboratory.
Bentonville Child Care Development Center
To support a new natural playscape where infants will be able to connect through music, nature and art.
Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia
To create a “Hands-On Science Activity Area” with particular attention to creating an environment that encourages girls to participate in STEM* programs.
East Hampton Middle School
To fund a new, creative social studies research project that will allow US History students to better connect with the past on a personal level. As a result of their research, students will express their in-depth knowledge through photography, music publications and theatrical presentations.
Fort Lawn Community Center, Inc.
To establish a new summer long program that will provide a new theme each week such as pottery, sculpture, painting, weaving, performing arts, aqua technology, rocketry and robotics, etc.
Friendly Hills Parent Association
To fund a new dress-up and play center where 8 different themes will change throughout the year, with each design created by students and teachers.
Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science
To help create a new Maker Space/Fab Lab that will foster creativity, innovation, invention and design, providing students with the space and materials needed to problem solve, find creative solutions, and understand their ability to positively impact the world.
Kaibab Learning Center, Inc.
To support an outdoor art and nature exploration area that will encourage children’s natural creativity. Through various projects, children will use rocks, leaves, branches, flowers and soil, etc, coupled with paints, crayons and pencils to help to instill a love of art and nature.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum
To create a traveling trunk program, a “touch it all” program that uses artifacts or reproductions of items designed for study or educational collections. These portable lessons travel into classrooms and provide hands-on learning activities.
Lemay Child and Family Center
To initiate a new “StoryTime Plus” program that will extend children’s learning by connecting children’s stories to hands-on creative projects including art, drama and music.
Philadelphia Young Playwrights
To assist in the development of a virtual playwrite program allowing students to write, publish and perform their own plays.
San Francisco Children’s Art Center
To fund a new cartoon art program with a process-oriented approach that will be the core to their curriculum.
Seminole County Victims’ Rights Coalition, Inc.
To establish an art therapy program where children can express traumatic events through a non-verbal, creative process to enhance their emotional well-being.
Silver Spring Day School
To fund a new program to introduce a STEM* curriculum where hands-on, interactive classroom activities that encourage young children to develop and use scientific inquiry processes, will be implemented.
Sunnycrest Elementary PTS
To add a community garden at their school that will be used as an outdoor natural science laboratory that will help deepen student’s understanding and appreciation of nature, science, nutrition and math. The garden will also help feed people in need.
Warren County Elementary School
To support a new science, technology, engineering, arts and math program aimed at increasing creativity by providing hands on experiences with robotics, forensics, engineering and design.
Young Audiences of Connecticut, Inc.
To fund “Creative Collaborations” where elementary students will experience a variety of creative arts “create-stations” giving participants the opportunity to explore and highlight their abilities. Mentoring and peer learning opportunities will also be provided.
*Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Brevard Schools Foundation
To implement the Wave Tech Project where students will investigate waves including sound, mechanical, light and water waves and how they can produce energy, be transferred and be used to help human’s communicate.
Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay
To fund a new program where youth will learn how to be audio engineers as they master music making software to record digital music and live performances using a virtual mixer.
To launch a new “tinkering workshop” program where children are given a problem and ample materials to work within an open-ended, creative manner. They are asked to build or repair something with minimal guidance and an attitude of “anything goes”.
Coast Community College District
To develop a children’s STEM* garden where natural, recycled and re-purposed materials will blend seamlessly with the garden’s natural elements, inviting children to build, create and explore at various places within the garden.
Common Ground of Eastern North Carolina, Inc.
To establish a science learning resource an education beehive in its community garden and orchard to help children connect to the natural environment and learn about a variety of subjects and scientific concepts.
Community Arts Center
To establish a Creative Clay program where students will have the opportunity to create glazed art fired in a kiln or see their pieces exhibited in an art gallery.
Dances With Wood, Inc.
To fund a new wood-working rocket ship project that will encourage creativity, imagination, artistic expression and literary skills to children with life-threatening or serious illness.
Engineering Academy for Tomorrow
To support “Building Balsa Wood Bridges” for elementary students who will build model bridges as an effective method for engaging them in technology, science and engineering principles.
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
To fund “Blast Off STEM Series” where girls will explore STEM* through model rocketry, “green” building, and clean energy/environmental topics in weekly meetings over a six week series.
Greater Carbondale YMCA
To initiate a new camp program that will introduce aspects of creative writing, storytelling and techniques, as well as creating backdrops for camp performances.
Koyuk Malimiut School
To support the Kindergarten’s engineering project, where, through creative problem solving and collaboration, children will investigate how things move through force and motion by designing and constructing a series of ramps and pathways.
Lutheran Social Services of So. Dakota
To fund a new art program where children will be introduced to hands-on activities that will teach an entirely new form of art.
Mansfield Public School Foundation, Inc.
To establish a series of new collaborative lessons that combine STEM* topics with music and art.
Orpheum Children’s Science Museum
To establish the development of free public programs where professional engineers will develop family friendly hands-on, interactive activities to lead children and their families through innovative lessons in structural, civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering.
Safe Futures, Inc.
To fund “Express Yourself Art Program” that will allow children to participate in a minimum of 11 weekly workshop sessions that will provide art experiences where children can play, create, and explore through art, allowing them to express themselves.
Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA
To help establish a new program where children will study insects, fish, and other living creatures and then take that information into the classroom. The children will combine science and technology by using pictures taken and information learned to produce interactive presentations for the rest of the class.
STAR Inc., Lighting the Way
To develop and implement a new initiative that will use music, dance and art to increase the social, physical and intellectual development of Spanish-speaking toddlers with special needs, through weekly, creative sessions.
Stepping Stone Education Center
To support a project that will bring children’s favorite stories to life by breaking down the different components of a book and working together to make the book come to life. Children will create props, be assigned a character to learn and act out the plot.
Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School
To develop a STEM* accelerated learning lab where students will be able to participate in advanced science activities allowing them to propose and design projects, conduct research contact mentors in the community, gather data, implement their proposals and present their results at a parent night at school.
*Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
3rd Quarter, 2012
Aaron Decker School
To implement the Little Performers Program where, by using a variety of puppets, costumes and props, will encourage self-expression and build upon language skills, particularly in children with speech and communication disorders.
Amelia Park Children’s Museum
To fund a new construction zone exhibit geared towards STEM* learning in an informal environment.
Autism Society of North Carolina, Inc.
To launch a new pottery program during their camp for children with autism.
Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac
To support Club Kids Drama, a new acting and improvisation drama program for youth that will develop their imagination, and influence their self confidence and self esteem.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate
To provide children with the opportunity to explore filmmaking and photography with classes and workshops lead by professional artists.
Brightest Horizons Child Development Center, Inc.
To establish a “Science Center Station and “Hands on Math Center” where children will be introduced to ideas such as: healthy living, taking care of the environment, recycling, living things, estimating more or less, and other math and science concepts.
Center for Puppetry Arts, Inc.
To support a new model for the Center’s preschool workshops by bringing to life books for early readers with corresponding puppet-making activity, both on-site and as an outreach program.
Escondido Community Child Development Center
To create a Sensory Garden for children to cultivate, explore and learn about the world around them.
To fund a multi-sensory, creative, experiential project, immersing students with learning disabilities into reading, writing and visual literacy strategies.
Lahaina Arts Association
To initiate a new Art Outreach Class that will bring many visual art forms (paint, clay, weaving, watercolor, 3-D, drawing, etc.) to children allowing them to explore their own talents and interests through exposure to various visual art mediums and techniques.
To support a Hands-On space Science project via classroom based experiments and extend the learning process through literature and art projects, culminating in a “Family Science Night” for students and their families.
To fund Ecological Interactive Book Reports where students, using their creativity and problem solving skills, will design and create books to address ways to keep our nation “green”.
Monterey County Youth Museum
To establish MY Robot Workshop program that will provide open-ended project based learning experiences that explore math, science and technology while bringing together children, their families and adult mentors.
To support a program where children will take apart old machinery, such as blenders, VCRs, etc, to learn how yesterday’s technology worked. Reusing this technology, children will then be guided to create stand-alone sculptures and interactive art pieces.
Sandwich Partnership for Families
To fund a new music class for 2 and 3 year old children that focus on pre-reading skills such as rhyme, rhythm, and phonological awareness.
School District of Manatee County
To help establish a STEM* program that will focus on force/motion (simple machines) as well as “power” (energy) with the emphasis on renewable, green energy.
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
To develop and implement an after school program for fifth grade girls designed to offer activities that will attract young girls to field of technology.
York Preparatory Academy
To support a new program where students will learn science, technology, engineering and math through designing, building and flying their own virtual airplanes.
YMCA of the Ozarks
To implement a new metal stamping program where students will learn the techniques of metal stamping, including safety concerns, and then design and create their own stamped metal embellishments.
*Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Aurora Cooperative Preschool
To implement a builder board project where, through imaginative, hands-on exploration with open-ended natural materials, children can visualize, plan, and design useful construction products.
Batesville Area Arts Council
To fund a new art camp, providing a unique learning experience, for K through 8th grade.
Charter Oak Temple Restoration Association
To launch a non-skill based instrumental music lesson program for inner-city young people, grades 4 through 6 where students will learn to read musical notation and play an instrument alone and in an ensemble.
The Children’s Kiva
To support the construction of a simulated environment in which children could create models of natural landforms common to their area, such as mountains, mesas and valleys.
Community Music School of Springfield, Inc.
To provide children with music and dance experiences with sequential instruction, culminating in a free and open-to-the-public concert.
Connecticut Science Center, Inc.
To establish a hands-on experience including live animal touch tanks, creative water play, puzzle stations and science story times.
To support a creative arts and science project, with the installation of a system of pulleys, gutters and pipes that children can manipulate, introducing children to scientific principles such as trajectory, velocity, force and gravity while encouraging creativity, problem solving and collaboration.
General Ray Davis Middle School
To fund a new project where children will focus their attention on the native frog. This project will address science, environmental science standards, history standards, visual art standards, geography standards and language arts standards. The culmination will be a series of student created children’s books.
International Preschools Parents Inc.
To support a research-based, hands-on math program appealing to the adventurous side of problem solving where themes will be fun and interactive while gaining valuable mathematical skills.
Mark Twain House & Museum
To fund a children’s art workshop accompanying a special exhibition “The Countess and Her Cats” where children will learn to make three-dimensional art and illustrate a story with visual art.
Nantucket Boys & Girls Club, Inc.
To establish a multi-discipline animation program, where children write a short story or play that includes a lot of action. Youths then prepare scenery and lighting, and are taught various aspects of filming. The project culminates with a local movie theatre showing their animations on a large movie screen.
Rainbow Child Development Center
To implement a hands-on, all inclusive art program where children will learn and practice new techniques of drawing, painting and printmaking.
Regional School Unit 21
To support a STEM* learning initiative where students will have the opportunity to observe demonstrations, complete experiments and build take-home projects.
Staten Island Children’s Museum
To fund the development of a hands-on “solar race car program” that will provide a lively and interactive demonstration of how solar energy works and how solar energy can power a model car.
Whitman-Hanson Regional High School
To support a Family Science Fun Night where AP students will pick a science demonstration, write up how to do it, explain/illustrate how it works and present the demonstration to elementary students for a night of fun-filled science illustrations.
*Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Avon Free Public Library
To implement a “Sensory Exploration Zone” that will support child development, encourage developmental milestones and inspire creativity.
Bellingrath Hills Elementary School
To fund an outdoor learning lab where hands-on learning experiences will allow young learners the opportunity for immersion in the domains of physical, earth, and life sciences, and engage in a level of learning that otherwise would not be possible indoors.
Consumes Legacy Foundation
To launch a filmmaking club including hands-on workshops in screenwriting, set design, cinematography, acting, lighting, equipment operations and drama play aimed at creating inventive and inspired works of art.
Cutchins Programs for Children & Families
To support the “Act Now” program, aimed at adapting workshops that will teach improvisation and role-playing. The project will culminate in having children write and star in their own films.
Fox Valley Montessori School
To fund a new outdoor education, exploration and discovery center where children will have the opportunity to conduct physics experiments, harvest gardens, and build outdoor structures among other outdoor activities.
Garden Gate Child Development Center, Inc.
To establish two new projects: “Tinkering Project” that involves a guided de-construction of complex machines and creative reconstruction with the working parts. “Cars Project” where children will investigate cars, what makes them go and ultimately building their own model car.
Girls Incorporated of Holyoke
To support participation in two, one-day Girls Connect workshops focusing specifically on robotics.
Hunts Point Alliance for Children
To establish a “Create with Me” program that will combine the performing arts and the fine arts to develop social, emotional and academic skills of preschoolers.
Imagine Nation Museum
To support the creation of Prop Boxes for curriculum to be used in Imagine Learning Preschool classrooms for outreach trips to schools financially unable to bring their children to the Museum.
Leeds Elementary School PTO
To create a new Hands-On Science and Technology Lab allowing students to explore the areas of Life Sciences , Chemistry, Robotics and Physical Sciences.
McCormick County First Steps
To establish a program for at-risk children that incorporates several different types of creative art, including poetry, dance, music, science, art and theater.
To implement a creative writing program where students would write and publish their own story and a performing arts program, involving lessons and workshops on the arts of improvisation and acting.
Public School 9 PTO
To support a new science after school program, geared towards girls, where they will learn to build mechanical objects and conduct experiments that introduce them to different fields of science.
WGBY Public Television
To help support the creation of a bilingual “Creativity Corner”, where various educational activities will be offered.