The Be the Change for Kids 
Innovation Awards Winners

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The Be the Change for Kids 2017 Innovation Award recipients are:

School District: SBloomfield Central School District
Superintendent: Michael Midey
Contact: Karen Soanes, Director of Instructional Technology, (585) 657-6121
Project Name: Bloomfield Elementary Makerspace
Project Decription: In Bloomfield Elementary Makerspace, 2nd and 3rd grade students invent and build new games, test Rube Goldberg machines, construct bridges and make marble runs that cover the hallways - all before 9:00 am. During lunch, 4th grade students constructed catapults. All students are encouraged to become creative problem solvers and made great inventions.
School District: Marlboro Central School District
Superintendent: Michael Brooks
Contact: Robin Hecht, Director for Curriculum & Instruction, (845) 236-5812
Project Name: 6th Grade STEAM Program
Project Decription: In the 6th Grade STEAM program, students learn to organize with math, and communicate their research as scientists by using technology to understand global connections and applications to the arts. Students develop the necessary skills to be innovators in a growing variety of careers in our global society.
School District: North Syracuse Central Schools
Superintendent: Annette Speach
Contact: Shannon Knapp, Instructional Coach for Technology Innovation, (315) 218-2185
Project Name: Exploring Computer Science
Project Decription: The GRMS Exploring Computer Science Club brings a diverse group of students together for 10 sessions to complete tasks using Scratch and Sphero SPRK Robots. Students learn that making mistakes leads to learning, and they think critically and collaborate to solve the problems they encounter.

We were so impressed by the many entries by our New York public schools who created such innovative educational programs that we are including a listing of all the nominations. We encourage you to review these nominations.  Your own school district may identify one, or more as sharing the same challenges.

Click here for a full listing of all the Be the Change for Kids Innovation Awards nominations.