‘Building The Future Through Engaged Learning’
Kirk Daigle; Sharyn Womble; Taylor Locke; Caitlyn Carnes | Holloway 6 th Grade School
WHAT WE FUNDED: 4 designated laptops and software, to enable teams of 6 th and 7 th grade students to participate in Future City.
WHAT IT DOES: The annual Future City Competition – which draws about 40,000 middle schoolers nationwide – asks students to design and create a scale model of a city in the future. Students also build virtually, using SimCity software, write an essay about their city, create a slide presentation on their project and present their idea before judges. The process engages a wide cross-section of academic and life skills, from science, social studies, math, engineering, art and writing, to public speaking.
WHY IT MATTERS: Bringing so many disciplines together, this effort showcases just the kind of integrated and innovative learning we believe in! It establishes a Future City Club Project Fair on the Holloway campus. And it extends enthusiasm for the competition to other campuses as participants “age up.” The hope is to scale and spread Future City clubs to other campuses within WISD.
‘Thinking Outside the (Sand)Box’
Rebecca Machost; Nick Goodson; Astrid Marcano | Whitehouse Junior High School
WHAT WE FUNDED: Materials to create an Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox.
WHAT IT DOES: AR Sandbox uses a computer projector and a motion sensing input device (a Kinect 3D camera) mounted above a box of sand. The student interacts with the exhibit by shaping special “kinetic” sand in a basin. The Kinect detects the distance to the sand below, and then an overhead projector casts an elevation model with contour lines and color map onto the surface of the sand. The projected elevation model changes in real time as the students move the sand.
WHY IT MATTERS: Students need more ways to physically manipulate information pertaining to Earth Science concepts. “We can now take the sandbox to a whole new level and use it to teach concepts to students that are otherwise very hard for them to manipulate and observe in real time.”
Over $300,000 awarded to Whitehouse ISD Faculty and Staff
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
On behalf of Whitehouse ISD Education Foundation, thank you to our donors and community partners that make what we do possible. Our donors include our board members, businesses, parents, alumni, neighbors and our largest single donor group - Whitehouse ISD employees.
Our mission is to support educational excellence, promote innovation in teaching, enhance educational programs consistent with the goals of the District, and partner with the community to enrich the quality of education for all students in the District. We do this by raising funds within the community and awarding these funds through grants made by Whitehouse ISD employees.
We have funded grants for all campuses and all grades from a wide range of academic areas including math, science, history, reading, technology and fine arts. We have also funded grants outside of academics for projects including leadership development, personal health/wellness and city planning/management.
Each year, Whitehouse ISD employees go above and beyond to improve the learning experience for Whitehouse ISD students. Please join me and the Whitehouse ISD Education Foundation board in supporting these educators and the students they serve.
Have a great 2019/2020 school year and GO WILDCATS!