Innovation Awards

Grant applications are submitted by district staff and scored by leaders from the community, regional industry, and the school district. In four years, we have awarded 36 grants for a total of $122,780! Examples of funded projects are listed here.

Congratulations to our 2018 Innovation Award Winners:

Ms. Duplantis & Mr. Johnson, Fort Dorchester High School -

Evo and Bit Ultimate Maze Challenge

Ms. Kelien, Fort Dorchester Elementary School -

Coding Across the Ages

Ms. Mays, Gregg Middle School -

Edison Robotics

Ms. Nix, Beech Hill Elementary School -

Full STEAM Ahead

Ms. Roaden & Ms. Faas, Ashley Ridge High School -

World Languages Maker Studio

Ms. Stuck, Rollings Middle School of the Arts -

Media Arts Literacy: Addressing 21st Century Skills

Ms. Vick & Ms. Nixon, Alston Bailey Elementary School -

Making Virtual Reality a REALity

Ms. Wegmann, Beech Hill Elementary School -

Kits for Kids




Students in several schools across the district now have access to 3-D printers, legos, Snap Circuit Jr. boards, and more in dedicated STEM labs. Accessible to all students, these spaces enrich classroom instruction and inspire students to create, design and conduct experiments. Students have the freedom to think critically and creatively. Opportunities are provided for students to fail and try again in a safe environment.



In order to attract more females to STEM career options, a Medical Detectives Unit was added to the middle school Gateway to Technology program. The unit allows students to take the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a crime scene. In addition, students can solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs as well as describe how the brain collects and interprets input.



Through virtual reality headsets loaded with Google Expeditions, 950 elementary students will be able to interact with the world around them through virtual field trips, interactive simulations and immersive experiences. Students will be able to walk the grounds of the Statue of Liberty with panoramic views, and even travel through space surrounded by stars and galaxies!