Kiwi Co Crate Subscription to Enhance STEM

Grant Applicant

Diane Welch

Grant Date

2019

Description (10 points)

Kiwi Co. Crates are hands-on kits that arrive monthly with a focus on science, art, and engineering for children ages 5-8. These crates come with all the necessary materials needed to give students a project based experience that fosters creativity and collaboration in order to build a science and art project. Crates will be shared by groups of 4 students working together.

Amount Funded

$666.00

Budget Item(s)

$666 - Kiwi Co. 6 month subscription
Benefits of Program (10 points)

With the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards, the all-inclusive Kiwi Crates will help with the engineering portion of these standards. Students will work together to design and implement the project working together, making mistakes, and problem solving to complete a fun project all while teaching them principles of science.

Success of Program (10 points)

Students will successfully complete the tasks presented to them each month. The Kiwi Crates foster creative problem solving techniques, including reading simple directions, designing and planning for a project, and completing the project with their team/crew. Basic scientific concepts will be taught along the way while exploring the crates.

Implementation (10 points)

Kiwi Co. Crates will be delivered monthly to the classroom where students will work in groups of 4 at work stations to complete the tasks. These crates will be used to strengthen science, art, and engineering practices for each group. Six crates will be ordered for the classroom with a six month subscription.

Sustainability
Kiwi Co. is a monthly delivery that will be piloted in the 2nd/3rd grade class and initially will be used for 6 months. This grant will need additional funding in future years and other funding sources will be considered once the pilot year is completed. Our goal is to see how this fosters and sparks Engineering and Design in the primary elementary grades.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This subscription will be for a single classroom to pilot the program.

Other funding sources

This is a pilot program for 2019-2020 school year. If the program is successful, additional funding sources will be considered.

Notes

We have used individual crates in class and the students are highly motivated to complete the tasks and learn content specific science skills through creative experiences.

Attached photos show 2nd and 3rd grade students completing the Moving with Muscles Kiwi Crate in order to build a soccer player and model how muscles are used in the human body. It also promotes collaboration while students work together to complete a task and follow written directions.