MIT pK-12 Learning Grant 2017
The program will take place this upcoming Summer 2017. The expected timeline for this program is below.
|February 15, 2017||Requests for Proposals Released|
|March 1-3, 2017||Applicant Office Hours|
|March 15, 2017||Proposal Submissions Due|
|Early April 2017||Projects Awardees Announced|
|Late April 2017||Project Content Delivered from Awardees|
|May||Finalize Camp Content|
|Early July||Train Camp Facilitators|
|July 29th – August 12, 2017||Host camp at CIS, Hong Kong|
This summer, MIT’s Office of Digital Learning and pK-12 Action Group will be collaborating with the Chinese International School (CIS) in Hong Kong to present the CIS MIT STEAM Camp. Held on the CIS campus, the two-week camp will be open to both CIS and non-CIS students in two different age groups: ages 8-10 and 11-13. Educators from the surrounding Hong Kong area will also be able to both participate in the camp’s activities and learn from professional development sessions facilitated by MIT’s faculty, students, and staff.
In meeting the goal of bringing opportunities to the greater MIT K-12 community, the pK-12 Action Group is seeking activities surrounding the camp’s theme of Energy for both the younger and older attending students. Grants will be awarded to applicants for the development of curriculum and project materials that can be used at the summer camp.
Program Description and Purpose
The CIS MIT STEAM camp brings the MIT’s Mens et Manus approach to learning to children and educators from CIS and other local schools. Students will work together, designing and building innovative projects that they can share with their communities and families in Hong Kong. During the camp, they will engage in hands-on activities and explore the use of digital technologies and tools (such as Scratch, App Inventor, Starlogo, etc.) that promote creativity, invention, and collaboration. Exploring the central theme of Energy, students will learn key principles in subjects like physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, and programming among others. Students will work with mentors from MIT along with their own teachers, who will help them with all aspects of their projects. The two-week camp will culminate with a community-wide open house that will give students the opportunity to share what they learned, from the formulation of ideas to the design, iteration, and construction of projects.
This program will also be a vehicle for hands-on teacher professional development for both CIS and non-CIS teachers who will work alongside MIT staff to facilitate camp activities. The MIT team will run teacher education workshops both during the afternoons of the half-day student camp as well as before and after the camp takes place. The goal is to allow Hong Kong-based teachers to learn from the MIT community, while they also provide their own expertise about local learning conditions and areas of interest.
Functioning as a pilot for future programming, the purpose of this camp is not only to serve as an excellent summer program for the children in the Hong Kong area, but also to offer greater opportunities for those in our MIT outreach community to work and have influence in new areas. We aim to bring both content and individuals abroad to demonstrate and educate about how MIT is expanding STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) learning experiences for K-12 students.
We have a total of $60,000 to distribute to accepted modules. Funding for this grant program is based on the expectation that the results of the projects will be made open source or otherwise available via a Creative Commons license.
As stated above, the pK-12 Action Group is seeking programming surrounding the camp’s theme of Energy for both 8-10 year old and 11-13 year old students. Submissions must include a description of a complete module that includes both a lesson and an activity (up to 2.5 hours cumulative time with a short break). Modules should be interactive and hands-on with content relevant to the theme of Energy (example topics can include, but are not limited to, renewable energy, sustainability, climate change, alternative fuels, and material sciences). As part of the camp, MIT will be providing teacher professional development opportunities for participating teachers in Hong Kong. Please include a teacher education lesson and/or activity that will accompany your module, highlighting the pedagogical approach and ways teachers can integrate these activities into their regular school year curriculum.
Ideal proposal details will include:
Module description: a full description of the module including the topic’s lesson and activity, how it will differ for the older and younger age groups, and a write-up of intended learning goals and thoughts about how to determine the success of the module.
Teacher professional development: a layout of the module’s related session for participating educators along with the intended learning goals for teachers to bring back to their own classrooms.
Why is this relevant?: an explanation to justify both why your proposal is uniquely appropriate for this program and why it is important for the pK-12 Action Group to sponsor it.
Biographical profiles of team: a list of the staff that are developing the module along with travel availability.
Itemized budget and narrative: a spreadsheet of materials and supplies needed for the week along with a justification for the costs listed.
Submitting Your Proposal
All MIT programs, faculty, students and staff are encouraged to apply. Proposals should be submitted at mitpk12.submittable.com by March 15, 2017 by 5:00 pm.
Office hours will be held on March 1-3, 2017 in the Office of Digital Learning (Building NE49, 600 Technology Square, Cambridge) for applicants to ask questions, discuss project ideas, and provide any clarification before submitting their proposals. Reserve a spot at mitpk12.youcanbook.me. Applicants and awardees will be notified of the results in early April 2017. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.