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Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of February 4, 2019)

Upcoming funding opportunities for schools

House Democrats Introduce $100B School Infrastructure Bill

The Rebuild America's Schools Act is an effort to address physical and digital infrastructure needs in schools across the country.

MakerBot Publishes Step-by-Step Guide for Adding 3D Printing to STEAM Lessons

To help educators understand how to set up STEM-oriented 3D printing experiences for their students, MakerBot, which sells 3D printers, has put together a bundle of free resources for teachers, available in its educator program.

How Social-Emotional Programs Make a Difference

A recent brief has highlighted the link between social-emotional development and a reduction in aggression.

Biology Class Dissections to Get Virtual Treatment

While dissections are an integral part of most biology classes, many states now have laws in place that give students the right to opt out of animal dissections. The new solution offers schools an option, starting with a VR frog, which is expected to be available in this quarter.

Revamping the School Report Card

Last year a group of parents, educators and representatives from nonprofit organizations and state agencies attended a workshop to develop ideas for creating more effective web-based school report cards — the kind that show how well schools are performing. Recently, the convener of that workshop shared a summary of the recommendations offered during the day.

Project Tomorrow Expands Speak Up Research Project

The nonprofit Project Tomorrow is adding new features to its Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning and opening up the participation window to year-round.

North Carolina School Adds VR Headset System for STEAM Education

The project was undertaken by video game lover and STEM coach, Jennifer Snyder, who saw the gear in use at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and added it to her wish list.

KinderLab Robotics Releases K–2 Robotics and Coding Curriculum

KinderLab Robotics has released a new curriculum for early elementary grades designed to support education in robotics, coding and computational thinking. "Growing with KIBO - A Progressive Robotics Curriculum for Grades K–2" also offers integration with arts and literacy activities.

ED Releases Proposal for Supplemental ESSA Funding

The U.S. Department of Education is providing non-regulatory guidance to help school districts comply with federal requirements for ESSA funding.

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