MIT pK-12 Learning Grant 2018
The program will take place this upcoming Summer 2018. The expected timeline for this program is below.
|December 22, 2017||Requests for Proposals Released|
|January 15-19, 2018||Applicant “Office Hours”|
|January 31, 2018||RFP Applications Due|
|February 2018||Projects Awardees Announced|
|March 2018||Project Content Developed with HK Educators and MIT Facilitators|
|April/May 2018||Camp Content Finalized and Playtested|
|May/June 2018||Camp Content Available to All Participating Educators|
|July 30 – August 10, 2018||Camp Takes Place at CIS, Hong Kong|
This summer, MIT’s Office of Digital Learning and pK-12 Action Group will again be collaborating with the Chinese International School (CIS) in Hong Kong to present the 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 10-12 and 13-14. 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 calling out for activities surrounding the camp’s theme of Into The Water 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 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, and others) that promote creativity, invention, and collaboration. Drawing inspiration from the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the central theme of this year’s program is Into The Water, and students will receive enrichment in three ways:
- Curated modules from MIT can cover key principles in subjects such as art, biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, and programming among others.
- Students will work with facilitators from MIT along with mentors from CIS who will help them with 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 both develop and facilitate camp activities. During the module development process, interested Hong Kong educators will collaborate remotely with grant awardees to lend insight about the region’s educational standards and culture. The MIT facilitators who will be traveling during the summer for the camp will also run teacher education workshops both before the camp takes place as well as during the half-day student camp. 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 continuing 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 and learners of all ages.
We have a total of $50,000 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 Into The Water for 10-14 year old students. Submissions must include a description of a complete module that includes both a lesson and an activity (2.5 hours cumulative time with a short break in between). Modules should be interactive and hands-on, with content relevant to the theme of Into The Water (example topics can include, but are not limited to, microbiology, underwater photography, climate change, fluid dynamics, and material sciences). Each module must be designed to accommodate two separate age groups (10-12 year olds and 13-14 year olds will be in different classrooms) with the potential to scale up to 50 participants each. These modules will take place during the first week of the program, leading up to week two where students will design and develop their own projects around challenges related to water around Hong Kong.
As part of the camp, MIT will be providing teacher professional development opportunities for participating teachers in Hong Kong. Please include a detailed teacher education lesson and/or activity that will accompany your module, highlighting both 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 younger and older age groups, and a write-up of intended learning goals for the students and thoughts about how to determine the success of the module (clarity about assessment welcomed). Proposals that make connections to MIT research will be given greater attention.
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. Proposals that make connections to the latest drafts of the Hong Kong STEM Curriculum Guides will be given greater attention.
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 potential travel availability.
Itemized budget and narrative: a spreadsheet of development costs and the materials and supplies needed for the week along with a justification for all listed.
Submitting Your Proposal
All MIT programs, faculty, students and staff are encouraged to apply. Proposals should be submitted at mitpk12.submittable.com by January 31, 2018 by 5:00 pm.
Office hours will be held between January 15-19, 2018 in the Office of Open 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 February 2018. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.