Innovation Grants

2017-18 Innovation Grant Recipients

The following D128 teachers received 2017-18 Innovation Grants totaling $18,771: Shannon Etnyre (Science, VHHS), Sherri Rukes (Science, LHS), Sarah Stoub (Science, VHHS), Kara Bosman (Social Studies, LHS), Elissa Gong (Science, VHHS), Jonathan Kim (Social Studies, LHS), Alyssa Clarke (Science, VHHS ), Teresa Elmore (Computer Science, LHS), Brandon Watters (Science, VHHS), Pete Dawson (Science, LHS), Mark Buesing (Science, LHS), Kim Holder (Science, LHS), Matt Thomson (CTE, LHS), Josh Ravenscraft (Science, VHHS), Adam Lueken (Computer Science, VHHS), Suzanne Torrence (Science, LHS), Mike Bush (Science, LHS), Jeremy Little (Fine Arts, VHHS), Dana Green (Fine Arts, VHHS).

2017-18 Innovation Grant Winners Pictured at awards luncheon.

Pictured at the grant awards luncheon are (front row) D128 Superintendent Prentiss Lea, Shannon Etnyre (Science, VHHS), Sherri Rukes (Science, LHS), Sarah Stoub (Science, VHHS), Kara Bosman (Social Studies, LHS), Elissa Gong (Science, VHHS), Jonathan Kim (Social Studies, LHS), Alyssa Clarke (Science, VHHS ), Teresa Elmore (Computer Science, LHS), Foundation Chairperson Jenny Eitel, Foundation Trustee and Projects Chair Mary Ann Eiserman, Foundation Trustee Anand Setty, (back row) Brandon Watters (Science, VHHS), Pete Dawson (Science, LHS), Mark Buesing (Science, LHS), Kim Holder (Science, LHS), Matt Thomson (CTE, LHS), Josh Ravenscraft (Science, VHHS), Adam Lueken (Computer Science, VHHS), Foundation Trustee Joel Reyes.

The grant descriptions are:

Building Simple Motors from Household Items:  Students construct electric motors to increase their awareness of how physics concepts are applied in real world devices. This also helps them understand how engineering involves design, construction, and problem solving. Awarded to Pete Dawson, Mark Buesing, and Suzanne Torrence, LHS, $632.90.

Balloons in Space:  Students will design, build, and launch weather balloons that will carry scientific instruments. They will interface with the FAA, learn to use weather forcasting software, and analyze the data once the balloons are recovered. Awarded to Mark Buesing and Kim Holder, LHS, $1,940.00.

"Mud Power", Using Bacteria as Batteries: Students connect anode and cathode wires to a circuit board to collect electrical power from soil and explore the potential for bacteria to be used as energy sources for technology in the future. Awarded to Elissa Gong, VHHS, $1,920.00.

Capturing Science in Motion:  Students will use a multispeed DSLR camera to observe scientific events that occur too rapidly to see in real time. Also, they will be able to create videos and still frame motion maps. Awarded to Mike Bush and Sherri Rukes, LHS, $1,615.00.

Building a Drone Quad-Copter:  Students learn about the components of a qual-copter and how to build one. After registering the copter with the FAA, students will learn about safe flying and how to make repairs designing 3D printed parts. Awarded to Andrew Thomson, LHS, $1,950.00.

Micro:bit Kits for Beginning Computer Science Classes:  Micro:bits connect to a Chromebook or computer and allow students to see the results of the code they are writing. This provides an interactive way to introduce beginning students to computer learning. Awarded to Teresa Elmore, LHS, and Adam Lueken, VHHS, $1,000.00.

Immersive Learning Platforms from Breakout EDU:  Breakout EDU kits will be used to bring excitement into the science classrooms by creating unique and engaging lessons in gamified learning. These kits are adaptable to all students at all levels. Awarded to Alyssa Clarke, VHHS, $1,259.21.

Investigations of Adiabatic and Isothermal Processes:  This project helps students understand the complex relationship in a thermodynamic cycle through hands-on experimentation of adiabatic and isothermal processes while collecting data through the computer interface. Awarded to Joshua Ravenscraft, VHHS, $1,775.00.

AP WE Service Learning Computer Programming:  Students will use android devices for testing purposes and for showcasing final projects. The android apps will be used to investigate and solve real world problems especially in the global initiatives of improving education and healthcare. Awarded to Adam Lueken, VHHS, and Teresa Elmore, LHS, $2,000.00.

Looking at the World Through UV:  The purchase of a special camera plus the needed modifications to capture UV images will give students a better understanding of the role UV light plays in their lives (tanning, plastic eyewear, bruises). Awarded to Sherri Rukes and Mike Bush, LHS, $1,350.00.

Oxidation-Reduction Potential Sensors for AP Chemistry:  Students will be able to collect qualitative data during a redox titration. Also, the ORP sensors can be used in all chemistry classes to identify oxidizing or reducing agents before and after a reaction. Awarded to Sarah Stoub, VHHS, $1,614.00.

Connected Creativity, VHHS Symphony Orchestra Collaboration with the Avalon String Quartet:  For the VHHS Symphony Orchestra, the Avalog String Quartet from NIU will demonstrate performance practices during the Classical Period. This will give students the tools to break down Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass into manageable, musical moments. Awarded to Dana Green and Jeremy Little, VHHS, $600.00.

Who is Your Chemical Alter Ego?:  Students will make connections between themselves and the periodic table to better understand how chemistry relates to their personal characteristics. Students will then design a mask and make a video to represent their personal qualities and show how these qualities are mirrored by their elemental alter ego. Awarded to Shannon Etnyre, Brandon Watters, and Sarah Stoub, VHHS, $645.00.

E3 Expanding, Enhancing and Enriching the Student Experience in Psychology:  Students will be able to discover more about themselves by interacting with psychology professionals, as well as applying concepts and working on experiments that prove how psychology is shaping and informing the understanding of human behavior and thought. Awarded to Kara Bosman and Jonathan Kim, LHS, $920.00.