Elementary student-created cochlear implants through 3D printing for a friend who hated the look of his implant.

The major objective of the Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Mini-Grant Program is to enhance the quality of educational experiences for our students. The emphasis is on stimulating new teaching ideas and new learning opportunities within the classroom, made possible through the creative spark of the teacher. An additional emphasis is also placed on developing community outreach projects, encouraging students and schools to work with local business partners and community organizations.

First Awardees

We’re excited to announce the awardees of the first round of the MiSTEM Network Mini-Grants. Congratulations to Tennille Dhaseleer of Charlevoix Public Schools, Dakota Ferguson, Beth Ristow, Samantha Herscher, Hope Roisen, Chris Brown, and Becky Lipchik from Alanson Public Schools. These awardees were great examples of STEM in the classroom. We look forward to seeing them enacted in the classroom.

Second Round Grant

ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS: The program is open to all K-12 public school teachers in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties. Team projects from several teachers working together with multiple groups of students are also accepted and encouraged. For the school year 19-20, individual teachers and teacher teams are encouraged to work with business and community partners.

FUNDING/BUDGET GUIDELINES: The maximum amount of a grant to be awarded for an individual teacher or several teachers who are teaming on a project is $500. Individuals or teams who develop a project which incorporates partners from business, nonprofit, and/or community may be eligible for a grant up to a maximum of $1000.

Expenditures for program materials to enhance or extend a regular program or to create a new program are encouraged; they should be beyond the scope of the regular school-line item budget. If a pre-packaged kit is a major activity for your project, indicate how you would supplement the kit and customize it for your program.

Apply – Here

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS: Applicants must complete the following form and include the following attachments with their application:

  1. Complete the Google Form APPLICATION by 5 pm on February 14, 2020. You may view the questions here.
  2. ACTIVITIES & BUDGET WORKSHEET: Use the attached worksheet document to outline the activities involved with your project, who will carry out each step, and the costs involved. Use the link to access the worksheet. Download the worksheet to use as a template. Email the budget sheet to Drea Weiner at aweiner@tbaisd.org.
  3. Review the evaluation rubric to ensure your project is of quality.

Notification to all awardees will be made on March 2, 2020.

A brief report summarizing results, expenditures, and effectiveness of the project is due no later than May 15, 2020.

All questions may be directed to Drea Weiner, Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Network Regional Director.

AWARDING OF GRANTS/FUNDS: Following the submission of all applications, the Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Network Advisory Panel, which is comprised of regional business representatives, educational representatives, non-profits, as well as community organization representatives, will review them. Winners are determined on a district-wide competitive basis, with awards going to the top-ranked proposals. Factors taken into account in the final decision include adherence to proposal guidelines, the creativity of the project, impact on students and community, and the opportunity the project presents to make a difference in the education of students.

Project Ideas

5th Grade Lego Project

Are you looking at implementing Design Thinking, math, and engineering in the classroom? TCAPS Tom Cooper worked through 3D printing to get students to apply their decimal, reverse engineering, and perseverance skills.