2017 Recipient Updates

In May of 2017, Gizmo Garden announced the awarding of eight grants that have a combined value of up to $96,000. That tally includes phase one grants awarded immediately and phase two grants that are pending the meeting of certain goals.  This page gives the latest updates on how the grants have been used. 

Print-A-Pet at Boothbay Harbor Library

A sloth, a hedgehog, a unicorn and a chicken were among the creations of students attending Print-A-Pet at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library.  When the library opened first-come registration for the program, it filled quickly with eight girls and four boys.  During four meetings led by Desiree Scorcia, students 3D printed animals, and wired them with blinking eyes, wagging tails, and flapping wings.  

The Print-A-Pet curriculum was first created and tested at Skidompha Library.  You can see more about the program here.

Hack-O-Lanterns at St. John's in Brunswick

Halloween hilarity arrived at St. John's Catholic School in Brunswick when Jen Nelson led the after-school electronics group in making Hack-O-Lanterns.  Illuminating the creations were LEDs controlled by a Feather microcontroller (an Arduino-compatible controller), which allowed software to turn the LED on and off.  Intensity control was achieved via a potentiometer.  What a creative use of parts that came in the AdaBox 001 kit!

Lego Carnival at Windsor

Interest is in robotics is exploding at Windsor Elementary where thirty 6-8th graders are participating in the after-school club, which is creating a Lego robot carnival.  We saw the "rides"  in the video above during the early stages of their construction, and are hearing about themes ranging from a solar system to a slime slumber party.  We can't wait to see the completed carnival in March.

Girls' Coding at Nobleboro Central

For its first venture into technology education, Nobleboro Central School faced the challenge of having many more boys enrolled in 7th-8th grade than girls.  To make sure all students have the opportunity to flourish in technology, principal Ann Hassett divided students by gender.

During the first trimester, girls followed the "Exploring Computer Science" curriculum under teacher Laurie Stiles.  Meanwhile, one group of boys explored Lego Robotics with science teacher Ken Williams, while another group of boys 3D printed with teacher Doug Parcher.  During the course of the year, students will rotate to each of the technology subjects. 

Nobleboro's Gizmo Garden grant purchased 1:1 Chromebooks for the coding trimester and a Lego robot (with additional robots funded through other sources).  The grant also provided professional development funding for teachers to spend "out-of-contract" time preparing for their courses. For more info, click to enlarge the article from the Lincoln County News.

Other Grant Recipients

Oceanside High in Rockland has doubled the number of participants in robotics this year, adding a kinetic sculpture artistic team to complement their competitive team.   Kingfield elementary saw the number of girls attending the scratch coding club jump from two to ten when they offered a single-gender option, and most of those girls want to continue into the robotics program in the spring.  In Winslow, science teachers are participating in professional development in preparation for teaching a technology trimester in the spring.  Spring also is the target for Edgecomb Eddy students to build underwater robots.  Exciting developments!