The SIA Foundation awarded grants to two TSC schools during its spring grant program.
Woodland Elementary School received $7,967 to create a pollinator garden and outdoor learning space. Third-grade teacher Jill Shambach says the garden will Incorporate native plants which will attract and sustain pollinators such as butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
"Educators will also use the garden for authentic learning experiences related to soil, plants, adaptations, and life cycle," says Shambach. "The new garden will allow children to explore and learn about the environment in a natural setting, develop an understanding of how humans can impact the environment, both positive and negative, while providing them with knowledge and encouragement to effect positive change."
Seventh-grade students at Wea Ridge Middle School study the Eastern Hemisphere in social studies, but this isn't a part of the world many students are able to visit. Teacher Michelle Sanson received a $3,500 grant to purchase 10 iPod touches and 10 sets of virtual reality glasses that will allow them to go on virtual field trips.
"As a field trip to the Eastern Hemisphere is not possible, using virtual reality provides students with a unique firsthand experience with the region," says Sanson. "Students will watch video clips about these different places in class, but it can't compare to putting on the goggles and feeling like you are walking along the Great Wall of China or being part of a sandstorm in the Sahara Desert."