2018

Croton-Harmon High School

Save The Pollinators! STEM Research to Assess Human Impact on Biodiversity
AP Environmental Science classroom exploration of the importance of biodiversity and pollinators' role in healthy ecosystems prepares students for fieldwork research using insect traps at Teatown or another local preserve. Students analyze data, prepare lab reports, and study possible solutions.

Technology for CHOOSE Program
Chrome books are available for students throughout the Croton Harmon Options and Opportunities Senior Experience, also known as CHOOSE. They will be used during student informational meetings in the fall, weekly instructional meetings in the spring, and for student CHOOSE presentations to the community at the end of the school year. The technology enhances communication between students, mentors, and community members.

 

Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School

Dash and Dot Coding Challenges
Dash and Dot are programmable robots that work with our existing iPad apps. Challenge cards allow for hands-on challenges and moving students through the iterative process while allowing for innovation.

LEGOs as Tools: Fine Motor Skills, Team Building and Engineering
This grant enabled Third Grade students with various needs to use legos and learn to work together and follow directions while overcoming internal and external distractions. Students work in groups to build, program, and control Lego robots. 

2017

Croton-Harmon High School

Collaboration Lab
This grant has enabled the High School to outfit its new collaborative learning space with cutting-edge equipment, including the Nureva Span collaboration and projection system and flexible, re-configurable furniture. The Nureva Span system turns the computer lab into a learning hub and encourages innovation, collaboration and critical thinking. This system allows students to brainstorm together and showcases student work. 

  The Nureva Span collaboration and projection system in action.

The Nureva Span collaboration and projection system in action.

 

Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School

INDE Lab Project Support
Funding for storage units for INDE lab projects.

  Children work on their projects at the INDE lab.

Children work on their projects at the INDE lab.

 

Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School

The School Yoga Project
CHEF funded yoga sessions in which First Grade classes participate twice a month. Experienced yoga teachers lead the children in stretching exercises along with relaxation and mindfulness practices. 

Flexible Seating
CHEF funded the Flexible Seating Initiative. Why flexible seating? Children learn about the world using many senses; we often forget about the importance of touch and movement. By using kinesthetic tools such as unconventional seating, students are more focused in their learning activities.

  Classrooms are now outfitted with different types of flexible furniture, allowing students to move as they focus on their classwork.

Classrooms are now outfitted with different types of flexible furniture, allowing students to move as they focus on their classwork.

Coding and Robotics at CET
Librarian Renoir McManus has implemented a brand new CHEF-funded program that uses technology to foster creativity and problem-solving skills even in the earliest years. In her own words: “Coding is much more than websites and software. Computational thinking teaches reasoning, creativity and expression, and is an innovative way for student to demonstrate their knowledge.” The new robotics program offers “each student an opportunity to program working robots quickly and easily. Having a coding and robotics program, especially in K and 1, is revolutionary.”

  Children learn coding by building with blocks that move and light up depending on their sequence.

Children learn coding by building with blocks that move and light up depending on their sequence.