We made the following grants, totaling $85,000, to Hopkins Schools in 2014 – 2015.
Royal Bash 2015 special appeal Full STEAM Ahead — our bold, exciting 3-year initiative to bring extraordinary, meaningful educational experiences to all Hopkins students, creatively tapping into some amazing resources beyond our District. Full STEAM ahead funds projects at all levels: 1) Stages Theater for kindergarten 2) Service projects for JH and 3) career lectures for HHS. Read more.
The Hopkins community was invited to a spectacular concert at Hopkins High School Auditorium on April 27th, 2015 to celebrate fifty years of beautiful music and arts education. Participants included Hopkins graduates Tim Morris (Falcone Competition winner) and Brett Smith as emcee (past Teacher of the Year/National Finalist, and Education Advocate for MPR radio). Read more.
On December 1st, 2014, sixth grade students partook in the vibrant energy and joy inherent in a public performance of Hopkins’ upper level Choirs. Three Hopkins Concert Choirs, led by Director Philip Brown, collaborated with the entire sixth grade in an exciting world premiere of Matumaini (Hope Lifts Us), by composer Jim Papoulis. Read more.
Based on ideas born at MIT and Google, MakerSpace will be a welcoming place in the Media Center for students to explore fun, hands-on projects. MakerSpace offers an engaging opportunity to tinker, create, investigate, code and puzzle. Read more.
NJH’s Fab Lab will become a flexible Design-Test-Build space with central lab stations and movable tables. The space allows for experimentation and collaboration, and will be more project-focused than teacher-focused. Read more.
All 700 WJH students will receive the GreenScreen DoInk ‘app’ on their school-issued iPads. And they’ll have access to movie making in a new Maker Space in the Media Center, complete with Green Screen, microphones, tripods and teleprompter. This media equipment, used with iMovie, leverages the students’ already keen interest in visual medium. Read more.
Microscopy is an important tool for all Hopkins 7th graders in their required Life Science course. Digital microscopy cameras will enhance the abilities of existing microscopes and enable the students’ iPads to be used as digital microscopes. Students will be able to photograph, identify, label and better understand minuscule moving objects. Read more.
This three dimensional printer will be an intriguing addition to NJH’s Maker Space – a creative retreat of fun, hands-on experiences available to all students at NJH’s Media Center. This spring grant supplements NJH’s successful Creativity Unbound grant from the fall. Read more.
Higher levels of student engagement are always the goal, and this 5th grade classroom is being redesigned to maximize the learning space and fully engage students. This HEF grant funds some of these physical changes to allow students to communicate and collaborate, critically think and create – without the constrictions of traditional teacher-facing single desks. Read more
Within the bilingual Spanish curriculum of 1st and 2nd grades, elementary Spanish teachers will work with teaching artists from Teatro del Pueblo theater company to guide students as they choose from several Spanish language books revolving around the theme of peace. Students will then create and perform their very own play in Spanish, assisted by the theater company’s native speakers, and complete with costumes and props. Read more.