Fund a Need
The Paddle Raise is in support of our out-of-this-world Science programs, and of our young scientists who are curious and eager to learn about the world around them. From Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade, MPFS students receive an experiential education that inspires and equips them to be science visionaries, luminaries, researchers, experimenters, discoverers, problem-solvers, preservationists, and caretakers. Please raise YOUR paddle to help us reach our $19,690 goal to fund the following “wish list” items that will enrich their learning:
#601 - 65-inch ActivePanel LED display for interactive learning in the Lower School Science classroom (Cost: $4,900) This will allow T. Holly to display large format, interactive Venn diagrams, show fascinating video segments related to their studies, enhance charts and lists that can be easily referenced, added to, or modified over time. The ActivePanel offers a vast suite of tools and free resources for teachers to create and deliver interactive multimedia lessons.
#602 - STC Middle School Energy, Machines and Motion set/kit (Cost: $2,700) Students investigate energy and the different forms it can take, how forces do work to change energy from one form to another, how machines reduce the effort force needed to do work, and how forces change the motion of objects.
#603 - Handheld Digital Microscope Cameras for Lower School Science (Cost: $260 each; 4 wanted for total cost of $1,040) These cameras will help our keen and careful observers zoom in on living organisms and inorganic treasures alike, from the soil and the plants on our campus to the life we notice in Glen Providence Park. We can allow the organism or the environment to be left undisturbed as we freeze, magnify, label, and articulate their images together for further study back in the classroom.
# 604 - Additional Microscopes with Wifi and Digital Cameras for Middle School Science (Cost: $510 each; 3 wanted for total cost of $1,530) While digging down toward a study of cell biology, 7th and 8th graders have been taking a closer look at tissue samples on microscope slides. But rather than craning their necks to peer through lenses, glancing back-and-forth betwixt microscopes and notebooks, and jockeying for position around one lens, our young scientists are enjoying a much better view and means of study. Instead, a student connects a compound microscope to his/her school-issued iPad via the MotiConnect app and the Moticam WiFi digital camera systems to permit image display, capture, annotation, measurement, and sharing directly on the iPad. Several students can gather easily around the iPad for collaborative study or T. Daryl can project an image to the whole class via a Smart Board. Because you can take a picture of and save an image, the image is accessible whenever needed.
# 605 - Traveling/Visiting Science Programs for Pre-K and Kindergarten (Cost: $1,000) Hands on science activities for kids, bringing engaging activities designed specifically with PreK - K school kids in mind. These Traveling Science assemblies provide fun science experiments for kids, complete with interactive learning that creates infectious enthusiasm that spills over into the classroom!
# 606 - Mini Farm Box Table Gardens to enhance our outdoor garden/environmental space (Cost: $260 each; 2 wanted for total cost of $520) We will grow and harvest various herbs, vegetables and flowers with the ease and flexibility of movement inside and outside the classroom. School gardens are a wonderful way to use the schoolyard as a classroom, reconnect students with the natural world and the true source of their food, and teach them valuable gardening and agriculture concepts and skills that integrate with several subjects, such as math, science, art, health and physical education, and social studies, as well as several educational goals, including personal and social responsibility.
#607 - Funding for a school-wide, weeklong STEAM immersion (Cost: $8,000) STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) This is a unique opportunity for our students. It will intentionally push them outside of their comfort zones as they apply their collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, technology, math, science, music, and art skills to navigating entirely unfamiliar territory. It is also a unique opportunity for our school and represents who we are – innovative, academically challenging, and creative.