Welcome to STEM Camp Foundation

  • SPRING 2024 Grants OPEN!

    PLEASE NOTE:  due to limited funding, only one application is allowed from an elementary school either in the FALL or in the SPRING; and a maximum of two grants will be given to one school in a two-year period.

    STEM Camp Foundation is now open as of February 1, 2024, and receiving grant applications from elementary teachers for STEM programs.

    Teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 8 are eligible to receive STEM grants for their school ranging from $100 to a maximum of $500 per school application. Our current policy is to help elementary teachers who have not yet received grants from our organization.

    We have worked hard to streamline our application process to make it easy for teachers to apply for grants. Once you begin the online process, you will notice that we do have a set of Project Guidelines for you to follow to let us know how our grant worked at your school.

    SCF is delighted to be starting our sixth year of our STEM Camp Foundation grant program; and we look forward to receiving your application.

    SPRING 2024 Grant Applications now OPEN until March 31, 2024!

  • Indian Creek Road Public School
    Indian Creek Road Public School

    Grant Report: Fall 2023-2024
    Indian Creek Road Public School
    Lambton Kent District School Board

    Indian Creek’s $500 STEM Camp Foundation Grant was used to buy Ultimaker Filament for use in our Math classes for their Tiny House Projects.

    Grade 7/8 students have the opportunity to work on two different styles of models, exterior buildings – and interior floor plans – both of which required slightly different workflows.

    This project is directly connected to a number of different strands in Math – most notably Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement and Number Sense and Numeration. Exposure to this kind of project resulted in increased engagement, especially amongst some students who find it difficult to engage in traditional Math activities. It also led to an uptick in cross-curricular skills, many of which will be particularly useful in high-school Technology and Engineering classes.

    The Big Takeaway

    Students can learn to use real-world blueprinting and CAD skills without having access to a 3D printer, but without the ability to prototype their models, it can be difficult to assess and evaluate structural issues and flaws in a design. Models can look fine on a screen when a user has the ability to zoom in and out of the environment. If the student has missed foundational connections between lines and vertices in a design, the resulting print will fail, so being able to iteratively prototype models to find these problems and produce solutions is an important part of the process when preparing students with 21st Century STEAM skills.

    The STEM Camp Foundation grant allowed us the flexibility to access the resources we needed for this project. Indian Creek Road students have gained new skills related to design and manufacturing and are well-positioned to pass on their knowledge to future cohorts of students and peers. We are extremely appreciative of the STEM Camp Foundation’s ongoing commitment to the advancement of education and 21st Century Skills and the work they do to equip teachers with the tools that they need to impact their students.

    Sincerely
    Colin Pattison
    Grade 7/8, Indian Creek Road Public School Teacher
    February 2, 2024

  • STEM CAMP FOUNDATION NOW A CHARITY!

    We are very excited to let everyone know that we were granted charitable registration status in 2023 from the Canada Revenue Agency. This has opened the door for us to branch out and accept donations from individuals and business partners that will help us expand our grant program for elementary teachers.

    Donors to STEM Camp Foundation will be able to be issued charitable donation receipts for income tax purposes. Our main goal each school year will be to promote our charity status and hence increase STEM Camp Foundation grants that we will be able to give to teachers.

  • FALL 2023 Grants OPEN!

    Please note that, due to limited funding, only one application is allowed from an elementary school either in the FALL or in the SPRING.

    Welcome back for the 2023-2024 school year!

    STEM Camp Foundation is now open and receiving grant applications from elementary teachers for STEM programs for the first half of your new school year.

    Teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 8 are eligible to receive STEM grants for their school ranging from $100 to a maximum of $500 per school application. Our preference this coming school year will be to help elementary teachers who have not yet received grants for our organization.

    We have worked hard to streamline our application process to make it easy for teachers to apply for grants. Once you begin the online process, you will notice that we do have a set of Project Guidelines for you to follow to let us know how our grant worked at your school.

    SCF is delighted to be starting our fifth year of our STEM Grant program; and we look forward to receiving your application.

  • Montgomery Village Public School

    Grant Report FALL 2022
    Montgomery Village PS
    Orangeville Ontario

    Susan Penfold’s Grade 5 class, and Sharon Taylor’s Grade 1 class, were awarded a $500 grant from STEM Camp Foundation. The grant was used to purchase Makedo kits, a Makey Makey, rolls of conductive tape, LED lights and coin cell batteries. The ultimate. Project goal was to build a STEM fort, FORT STEM we presume, in the
    school gymnasium. I had the pleasure to visit the school in late May to see the final project and enjoy watching students from both grade levels enjoy the results of their hard (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) work.

    Throughout the year, the “Learning Buddies” (Grades 5 and 1) at Montgomery PS worked on mini-projects, conductivity testers, game controllers, and a model community. These projects provided the students with hands-on building activities leading up to their massive Fort STEM project in late May. Activities included construction, electricity, and iterative design, and they had a significant impact on the young students. The projects provided opportunities for cross-grade level engagement, and a chance to develop important STEM skills, problem solving, collaboration and creativity.

    The Montgomery Project PS events have shown that project-based learning can be an effective way to excite students about STEM education, while promoting a positive school culture.

  • Georgian Bay Community School

    Bluewater DSB
    Grant: Fall 2021

    Teachers Mary Jack and Natalie Patrick applied for a $500 grant purchase shovels and block makers for their Grade 2 and Kindergarten classes at Georgian Bay K-12 school in Meaford, ON. The photo below is SCF Executive Director Ron Cougler, posing outside the new school with Vice-Principal Julie Phillips in May 2022, on a school visit.

    The STEM project supported at GBCS was to provide tools to create towers and igloos out of snow. This sounded like a great technology and engineering project for seven year olds, and one that STEM Camp Foundation was very pleased  to support.  In Mary’s words, “students will need to plan ahead, monitor weather conditions, learn about the states of matter and how temperature affects precipitation.  They will need to study structures, materials and use math skills to make their igloo stable . The Grade 2 students will ‘pay it forward’ when they make an oral presentation to the Kindergarten class about “building igloos that last”.

  • Lexington Public School

    Waterloo Region DSB
    Grant: Fall 2021

    Lexington PS was granted $500 to participate in a STEM challenge in the Spring of 2022 using Makerspace technology. Grade 6 teacher, Leah Carter, indicated in her application that “Students will work collaboratively in teams to learn STEM concepts and participate in weekly build and design challenges. Engineering tasks involve a hands-on problem-solving project that students will work on as a team, with a given amount of time and materials.” This grant involves students with open-ended creativity, development of critical thinking skills, and intellectual flexibility. It will instill confidence and a sense of accomplishment in the students.

  • White Oaks Public School

    Thames Valley DSB
    Grant: Fall 2021

    Grade 7 Teacher, Richard Dew at White Oaks PS in London, Ontario applied for a $500 grant to teach coding of robots with Microbits to his class. His goal was to “bring higher thinking challenges to students in their Math and Science classes.” The Microbits purchased will help him teach engineering of small-scale wind turbines. Students working below grade level will also be helped with their studies through the use of Snap Circuits. Their STEM grant will allow for cross-curricular, differentiated instruction, that will allow students to grapple with real world, hands-on, applications in STEM concepts such as coding, circuitry and renewable energy.

    Here are some great photos sent to STEM Camp Foundation by Richard.

  • Grant Recipients (Fall 2021)

    The STEM Camp Foundation would like to congratulate the following grant recipients:

    St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School; Collingwood; ON Grade 8; Learning Commons STEAM Innovation Lab; $500.00

    Sir Isaac Brock Public School; London, ON; Grade 1; Brio Builder Creative Sets; $500.00

    Oliver Stephens Public School; Woodstock; ON; Botley the Coding Robot; Kindergarten; $500.00

    White Oaks Public School; London, ON; Grade 7; Micro:Bits & Snap Circuits; Grade 7; $500.00

    Mary Wright Public School; Strathroy, ON; Sillbird Kits (Robotics); Grade 7; $500.00

    South Perth Centennial Public School; St. Mary’s, ON; Osmo Class Learning System; Grade 2; $500.00

    Tecumseh Public School; Chatham, ON; Micro:Bit Club Pack; Grade 7; $408.00

    Echo Place Elementary School; Brantford, ON; Snap Electrical Circuits; Grade 6; $460.16

    London Road Public School; London, ON; Doll Medical Kits & supplies; Kindergarten; $500.00

    Sir Arthur Currie Public School; London, ON; Blue Bot Coding Supplies; Kindergarten; $500.00

    Greenbrier School; Brantford, ON; Ozobot Technology; Grade 3; $500.00

    Lexington Public School; Waterloo, ON; Makerspace Supplies; Grade 6; $500.00

    Victoria Public School; London, ON; Carobot Class/Club Pack; Grade 7; $452.00

    Cobblestone Public School; Paris, ON; Micro:Bit City Kits; Grade 5; $500.00

    Georgian Bay Catholic School; Meaford, ON; Shovels/Block Makers; Grade 2; $500.00

    Romeo Public School; Stratford; ON; Cody Rocky Kits; Grade 4; $500.00

    Algonquin Public School; Woodstock, ON; Construction Materials; Grade 8; $500.00

    Sir William Osler Public School; Dundas, ON; Micro:Bits/Climate Action Kit; Grade 7; $476.00

    Algonquin Public School; Woodstock, ON; Medieval War Machines; Grade 8; $500

  • Fall Grant Period Now Open

    The STEM Camp Foundation is again accepting grant applications after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. We will be awarding grants to elementary school teachers from K-8 that have amazing STEM project ideas. The application deadline is November 19, 2021. Grants will be awarded in the range of $100 to $500 in December. 

    Sample project ideas may include: 

    STEM Clubs: Robotics Club, First Robotics team funding, Coding Club, Girls in STEM Club etc. 

    STEM Awards: monetary award to students who excel, or show promise for a STEM career, or a special interest in STEM subjects. 

    STEM Grants: for students who want to work on their own STEM Project and make a presentation to their class. 

    STEM Contest: a cash prize(s) to student(s) for winning a school-wide STEM Contest. 

    STEM Projects: funding for a student who has a creative STEM research project idea and needs financial support to buy materials. 

    STEM Supplies: Purchase of STEM supplies such as robots that can be used by students in the classroom to enhance interest in the study of STEM topics.

    Follow this link to apply for a grant.

    Good luck!