Posted by Elaine Palmitessa on Aug 14, 2019
 

Speaker Presentation:  Conrad W. Introduced the speaker-  Tracy, Mike & Matt  from the Saco Steam – which stands for Saco Alliance for Science -Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math

Focusing on K through 8

 

Spoke about the History of Saco:

21% of Saco residents are >18

31% Free Reduced Lunch

53 English as 2nd  Language

17.2 % Use special services

 

Funding:

15th out of 18th in neighboring counties

 

Mission Success: 1st 2 years

3 Parts

  1. Advocate for schools and resources
  2.  
  3. Connect community resources to schools
  4.  
  5. Fundraise money and provide direct grants
  6.  

 

Successes:

  1. Advocated for budget
  2.  
  3. Connected aquaponics experts to SMS (Saco Middle School) project based learning team
  4.  
  5. Raised $17,000 -Provided $10,000 in grants.
  6.  

 

1st Grant :

        Distributed to CK Burns school $2,500 for Robotic Program

Other Grants:

       Let’s Go Code-                     Grade 1 & 2

        Engineering-                        Grades 3-5 

        Ecology-                                Grade 6

        Maine Learning Field Trip  Grades 6-8

        Mapping- (Camp Ellis)        Grade 7

 

Sponsors:

        Jim Godbout, Paquin & Carroll Insurance,  Saco Biddeford Savings Bank, Peoples Choice Credit Union, etc.

 

Press:

        Courier, Tribune & WMTW

 

Matching Grant Opportunity:

         Music & Coding Wall at Saco Middle School – Incorporate in cell phones or other technology, Code in Windchimes.  In fences with metal of all different sizes.  We have ½ the money to fund this project. 

         Funding Levels- Founders Circle $5,000 a year and Innovators Corner $2,500 a year. 

 

         501 C Status

         A Teacher Initiative Project  

 

Saco Steam Open for Grants !!!!

         Teacher Applications will close November 15.  Grants Awarded in the Spring

         To apply:   https://www.sacosteam.org/grant-application/

 

                                    

Sponsors