Grants Awarded for the 2015-16 School Year
Grant Title: Ragtag Film Society Media Literacy Initiative
The 2016 CPSF grant to fund the Ragtag Film Society Media Literacy Initiative provides teachers with media literacy instructional strategies and students with skills to be thoughtful, critical consumers of media. Specifically, the grant will:
- • Train CPS teachers in media literacy instructional strategies
- • Supplement CPS core curriculum with both a) screening rights for dynamic, relevant films and, b) corresponding conversations with filmmakers
- • Provide extracurricular cinematic enrichment opportunities for CPS students. Grant Funds Requested: $114,300 over a three-year period
Grant Title: MakerSpaces
The 2015-2016 CPSF grant provides funding for MakerSpaces at ten CPS elementary schools. MakerSpaces promote STEM activities and provide a hands-on learning experience where children can flex their creative muscles and problem-solving skills. MakerSpace stations might focus on circuitry, design, electronics, robotics, building, coding, or other STEM skills. Supplies can include 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and everyday materials, all with the goal of engaging students with making technology and developing problem-solving skills.
Grant Funds Requested: $25,000*
*An additional $25,000 was graciously donated from the Veterans United Foundation. CPSF donated an additional $9,900 so that all ten elementary schools could be funded.