EMC Mathematics and Science Grant

Hopkinton High School

Grant Title: Fab Lab: 3-D – Design and Fabrication Cross Curricular Course
Primary Applicant: Christine Enos
Student Population: HHS students
Amount: $8,913

Description: This grant will enable the HS to offer a new interdisciplinary course where students will learn to use art and the engineering design process. The classroom will be a dynamic and collaborative environment where teachers and students can discover and share ideas. The course will serve those interested in Art, Architecture, Engineering, Sculpture, 3D Design, and Fabrication.

Hopkinton High School

Grant Title: Maker Magic: Create, Discover @ Learn @ the HHS Makerspace
Primary Applicant: Kirsten Fournier
Student Population: All HHS students
Amount: $7,000

Description: This grant creates a makerspace at Hopkinton High School to invite student curiosity, foster student driven inquiry based learning and encourage collaboration and innovation through a variety of tools housed in a portable storage unit.

Hopkins School

Grant Title: Plug, Play and Code with Kano Kits
Primary Applicant: Stephanie Doty
Student Population: 5th grade students
Amount: $3,975

Description: Kano Kits will introduce Hopkins students to the interconnected layers of hardware and software that power their devices. From building a computer to programming code, students will be engaged with the logical process of creating technology.

Elmwood School

Grant Title: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators Today
Primary Applicant: Laura O’Malley
Student Population: 3rd grade students
Amount: $4,928

Description: This grant introduces Robotics to 3rd Grade students. Using LEGO Education WeDo Robotics Construction sets, students engage in cross-curricular (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) lessons that emphasize the design process and help to develop problem-solving skills. 


High School

Grant Title: Virtual Breadboard
Primary Applicant: Anita Lavakumar
Student Population: 9th and 12th grade physics students
Amount: $1,000

Description: This grant funded the purchase of Virtual Breadboard online simulation software which is an innovative and unique tool for students to explore circuit design and manipulate the inputs and outputs. This software will be piloted in the 9th and 12th grade physics and 12th grade logic classes during the coming year to enhance the concepts presented in the curriculum and support the district goal of virtual learning. 


Middle School

Grant Title: One Touch Interactive Science
Primary Applicant: Linda Brooks
Student Population: 6th, 7th, 8th grade
Amount: $8,085

Description: This grant funded Epson Solos, digital microscopes and related technology tools to create an interactive learning environment for all Middle School science students. The project explored ways to extend learning beyond the classroom walls through active online investigations, class collaborations to build science resources, and the participation in science simulations.
Impact: In year one, over 800 students in the Middle School have benefited from the tools and resources from this project. Teachers were able to enhance the curriculum through virtual investigations and problem solving of real world scenarios. Students had additional opportunities to collaborate as a large group and share their learning. 


Hopkins School

Grant Title: Making Math Meaningful
Primary Applicant: Elizabeth Mack
Student Population: 4th grade
Amount: $3,675

Description: Funding supported the design of a workshop model for math instruction along with “manipulatives” to help students deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. This grant also funded a SMART camera, projector, software and math manipulatives to support the curriculum delivery.
Impact: The manipulatives continue to be used throughout the 4th grade. The tools have allowed teachers to differentiate instruction and to plan math instruction so that students are more actively engaged. Students are teaching one another by sharing their work using the Smartdoc Camera. Approximately 500 students have utilized and benefited from this grant since its inception.

“I use the manipulatives throughout the year, and the Smartdoc camera is used on a daily basis. I have heard positive feedback from parents about the math instruction their children are receiving, much more than I did before receiving the grant. I have heard from other teachers that they are often using the manipulatives I received to intervene with students who are struggling with concepts. Additionally, I have shared the teaching practices I have used with the materials from the grant with colleagues, and they use the materials, as well, as part of their instruction.”
Elizabeth Mack, Making Math Meaningful, 2010-2011


Elmwood School

Grant Title: SMARTer Health Classes (E109)
Primary Applicant: Christine Basile
Student Population: All Elmwood School Students
Amount: $5,000

Description: This grant funded a Smart Board for the Health Room at Elmwood School. The goal of the program was to explore how Smart Board technology could impact learning utilizing interactive games, virtual tours of body organs and systems, and real time data collection and graphing to bring the Health curriculum to life.
Impact: Three Health teachers have been able to share the Smart Board and use this technology to help deliver lessons to over 1500 second and third graders since 2009. Each year, new applications are added. It will remain a crucial part of the wellness program.

Thanks to the Smart Board funded by EMC through an HEF grant, our students demonstrated an increased interest in learning about science and the human body. The Smart Board stimulated our students’ love of learning, their knowledge of health and fitness, and created an opportunity for creative and effective delivery of our curriculum. We do not have textbooks for health class yet the Smart Board has allowed us tremendous flexibility to create our own engaging lessons. THANK YOU for your donation! You have motivated, encouraged, and supported hundreds of Elmwood students because of your generosity!
Christine L. Basile, SMARTer Health Classes


Hopkins School

Grant Title: Hopkins Students Get “SMARTer”
Primary Applicant: Sue Anderson
Grade(s): 4-5
Amount: $4,296

Description: This grant funded a pilot study using interactive whiteboard technology (Smart Board) to enhance and support learning in the areas of math and science. It allowed students and teachers to engage in hands-on activities that model independent investigation and provided the opportunity for small group cooperative learning as well as whole class discussion. Two teachers took part in off-site curriculum training and served as lead trainers for their peers. Impact: Smart Board technology was shown, through this grant, to be extremely effective in engaging students in new ways. The technology was particularly effective in supporting visual, kinesthetic, and tactile learners. Based on the results of this pilot, the district began working toward a goal to incorporate interactive whiteboard technologies into all elementary classrooms. That goal has been achieved.

“The EMC grant provided seed money to the schools to examine the impact of using the Smart Board to teach math and science. This pilot program helped to highlight the effectiveness of using this technology to enhance the delivery of the Math and Science Curriculum. We have since funded pilot programs using Smart technologies throughout the District. Today each elementary school classroom is equipped with Smart Board technology.”
Kim Pucci, past President Ed Foundation, Hopkins Students get “SMARTer”, 2008-2009 


Hopkins School

Grant Title: Engineering is Elementary
Primary Applicant: Maribeth Tremblay, Jennifer Jordan
Grade(s): 5th Grade
Amount: $4,798

Description: This grant introduced engineering and design into the 5th grade curriculum in order to generate enthusiasm for the field of learning. Engineering kits developed by the Museum of Science were purchased to encourage critical thinking skills and teamwork though hands-on activities in electricity, wind, simple machines, sound, insects, water filtration, and bridges.
Impact: The kits continue to be used today across the 5th grade. Since the inception of this grant, over 1,000 Hopkinton students have gained hands-on experience with these engineering and design concepts.

“Engineering is alive and well in grade 5. ALL of the fifth grade teachers now have Engineering as part of the curriculum (thanks to your grant funding). The students LOVE engineering. It is always a time that they all work together beautifully, smile, and think very creatively! I love it too!!! It is amazing to see their minds at work...”
Maribeth Trembley, Engineering is Elementary, 2007-2008