Ballard Community School District(2011)
The Ballard Community School District was selected to receive a grant, providing funds to sponsor a team for the annual First Lego League Competition held in Iowa every year. On April 19th or 21st, Minds of Tomorrow traveled to Ballard to award the grant to the 6th and 7th grade students. Minds of Tomorrow will be traveling back to Ballard in the Fall 2011 to help them prepare for their competition. More information about the Iowa First Lego League competitions can be found here and information about the First Lego League in general can be found here.
Clear Creek Amana Middle School(2011)
The Minds of Tomorrow Team made a trip to Clear Creek Amana Middle School of Tiffin, Iowa on April 20th, 2011. While there, we awarded a grant to the school to participate in the VREP program to work with Virtual Reality and 3D modeling. More information about VREP can be found here. Minds of Tomorrow is making plans to come back in Fall of 2011.
Waukee High School (2010-2011)
In November of 2010, Minds of Tomorrow traveled to Waukee High School. Minds of Tomorrow awarded a grant to the school to purchase a set of life sized hominid skulls, human fetal and child skulls, and primate skulls. The skulls will be used in biology and anatomy/physiology classes to study evolution and human development.
On April of 2011 Minds of Tomorrow members returned to Waukee High School to speak with biology classes about biofuels and the bioeconomy. A small sample of biofuel was also created in each class using three simple ingredients. Students were given the opportunity to ask MoT ambassadors about college and careers in science.
Bondurant-Farrar Schools (2010-2011)
Minds of Tomorrow traveled to the Bondurant-Farrar Schools in the Spring of 2010 to award them their grant. They had planned to use their grant to purchase a series of telescopes to observe the night sky. The telescopes contain features such as automated adjustment controls for fine adjustment, star-tracking programs, and a camera attachment to record images of celestial bodies. Minds of Tomorrow traveled to Bondurant the night of April 19th, 2011 and observed the night sky with a group of the students.
Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School(2010-2011)
Minds of Tomorrow selected Sibley-Ocheyedan to recieve a grant in the “Spring of 2011” in order to fund week long S.T.E.M(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) academies for children in grades 2-5. The goal to be achieved is to give the students a hands on learning experience in the science, mathimatics, and engineering fields.
The assembly began with a rocket demo performed by the MoT officers. We then had the students participate in a competition. Each grade had to build a structure out of straws and tape that was required to fulfill a certain task. For example, one group was required to construct a building that was required to withstand a specified amount of weight placed on top of it.
A date has not been set on the outreach event, but it will be featuring magnetism. A trip is being planned for the spring of 2011