Project Makerspace

By JAMES EVANS
Rutherford County Schools

Students in Tammy Anselmo’s class at Brown’s Chapel Elementary School will soon benefit from a program called “Project Makerspace.”

“It’s based on the ‘makerspaces’ that are popping up all over the country where, basically, you have variation of supplies and the kids are encouraged to make something from the supplies that they have,” Anselmo said. “So I would give them a task — say they have to engineer a cup holder for an airplane seat — they would have to use whatever materials that are available to them in order to make the best design.”

For Anselmo’s proposed project — which will be used by her fourth-graders and an after-school club — she was awarded a $500 minigrant from the Nissan and the Rutherford County Business Education Partnership.

Her project was one of 44 that received similar minigrants from the program. Teachers with Rutherford County Schools and Murfreesboro City Schools must apply for the grants, and awards are announced each semester.

The fall 2018 grant recipients were announced today at the Stones River Country Club as part of a celebratory breakfast. Representatives from both Nissan and BEP were on hand to congratulate the teachers and encourage their classroom efforts.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Nissan mini-grant program.

The following projects have been awarded mini-grants for fall 2018:

Fall 2018 BEP Nissan Minigrant Awards
Name of Grant School Name
I Wonder Barfield Elementary School Sheila Berry
Coding with Drones…Inspiring to new Heights Blackman Elementary School Herman Nelson
Bridges to the Future Blackman High School Gayle Dawson
Cup of Conversation Bradley Academy Dr. Lori  Housley
Project Makerspace Brown’s Chapel Elementary Tammy Anselmo
R is for Robots! Buchanan Elementary School Kathy Paul
Osmos for Kindergarten Cedar Grove Elementary School Holly Harwood, Sarah Patterson
Problem Solving and Storytelling Cedar Grove Elementary School Kimberly Glover
SaaaWEET! Before you eat-check the sweet(amount)! Central Magnet School Eve Harrison, Susan Gates
Hyped up on Energy: Incorporating
3 D instruction in science
Central Magnet School Lauren Lane
Pine “Would” You CAD? Central Magnet School Scarlett Murphy
Engineering a Calculus Revolution Central Magnet School Scarlett Murphy, Kyle Prince,
Angelyn Pigg
Building the Wright Way Christiana Elementary School Amanda Amirault
To STEMfinity and Beyond Christiana Elementary School Rachel Prater, Amanda Neitzke,
Lindsey McElhiney, Brittany Bounlisavong,
Kristin Nugent, Megan Uptain
Moving to the Edge with Makerspace Christiana Elementary School Stefanie Edgell, Wendy Hambrock,
James Steiner
We don’t need another hero, Students need SPHERO! Christiana Middle School Dawn Powell, Valorie Bonds
Get Tangy Together David Youree Elementary Jeania Smith
Letting Coding Take Root Discovery School Elizabeth Shepherd
Building Blocks of Story Development Eagleville School Leslie Trail
Tower Power: Aeroponic Classroom Gardening Homer Pittard Campus School Amy Perry
If You Build It, They Will come John Pittard Elementary Debbie Hickerson
The Art of Science John Pittard Elementary Debbie Hickerson
Sphero Heroes Kittrell Elementary Jo Lyn McWhorter
Mr. Roboto Kittrell Elementary Melissa Kincaid
Ballooning Buoyancy La Vergne High School Garry Gannon
High School Rocket Science La Vergne High School Garry Gannon
LLE STEM Vehicles LaVergne Lake Elementary Chelsea McDonald, Tanya Stephens
Chick’ Out This Grant Proposal! LaVergne Lake Elementary Rebecca Kramer
Educational Breakout! Mitchell Neilson Schools Anita Morton
Small Scale Thermochemical Experimentation Oakland High School Alice Brank
I’m in the Mood for Rube! Overall Creek Elementary Felicia Jackson
Cue the Robots Rockvale Middle School Carol A Parker
Classroom Transformations Roy Waldron School Holly Edwards
Stem Cells Go to College Siegel High School Christina Hurt
Stamping Out the STEAM Process in Art Siegel Middle School Amy Gray
“Frozen Hover Board” Siegel Middle School Brett Wainz
The Joy of Modified Toys Siegel Middle School Katie Harris
So You Want to Be an Inventor Smyrna Elementary School Heidi Redmon
Raise Grades With Raised Bed Stewarts Creek Elementary Marie Loyacano
Leave it to Beaver Engineering Stewarts Creek Elementary Melanie Strickland
Robo-Mom Stewarts Creek High School Amy Olt, Gina Stewart
Mary, Mary quite contrary,
how did you say your garden grows?”
Biodiversity and Hydroponics

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