We grant advantage.

The Hamilton Wenham Education Fund exists for one reason: to provide potent, often unexpected, competitive advantages to our public schools through carefully-vetted grants. The Edfund Board of Directors reviews grant applications from the schools on a monthly basis.

Those applications that the Board agrees will provide a true competitive advantage to our kids, and that are not programs that should be funded within the normal school budget, are given the green light. Since its inception in 1990, the Edfund has funded more than $1 million in grants to the Hamilton Wenham Regional School District.

 

Recent Grants

Heart Tech Plus
Monitoring System

Physical Education in the 21st century is changing. Prudy Pilkanis and the whole Wellness department saw a need to move toward creating programs that lay a foundation for a lifetime of informed, positive fitness choices as well as a variety of skills for an active, healthy lifestyle. As a part of this transformative program, Prudy proposed an Edfund grant to provide students and teachers with technology to access real-time feedback and analysis. Already in the 2017-18 school year, with the help from this Edfund grant, students in HWRHS are able to track their own progress toward their personal fitness goals. 

 

Advantage Granted

30 Scosche sensors with charging hub and storage pockets, Heart Tech software, large screen display for gymnasium, 65” monitor for fitness room

Grant Amount

$28,455

Requested by

Prudy Pilkanis, Wellness Curriculum Coordinator

Purpose

To provide students and teachers with real-time, accurate fitness data and enable students to exercise at the optimal level throughout wellness class activities.  

Students Affected

HWRHS grades 9-12

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Frame By Frame

Kirsten Losee and Bill Melville had a vision for their students at our high school.  They wanted to create a new course in animation. They dreamed of a course that would use the industry standard equipment and software to give their students a college-level experience in photographic imagery and sophisticated animation while in high school. 

Today, because of Kirsten and Bill’s inspiration, dedication, hard work and a grant from the Hamilton Wenham Edfund, students at HWRHS are now using Nikon D610 Digital SLR camera kits and Dragonframe 3.6 software in animation and photography classes. Dragonframe
3.6 is the next generation of image-capture software for stop motion animation.

The features include a visual timeline editor, integrated lip-sync, advanced DMX lighting, motion control and much more.


Advantage Granted

8 Nikon D610 DSLR deluxe camera kits,  8 Manfrotto tripods, 25 Dragonframe Animation Software with USB Keypads

Grant Amount

$24,807

Requested by

Kirsten Losee, Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator
Bill Melville, New Media, TV Productions, Visual Arts

Purpose

To provide students with experience on college-level, industry
standard animation and photography equipment and software.

Students Affected

HWRHS grades 9-12 in Animation and Digital Photography courses

 

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8th Grade Science Technology Modernization for Data Analysis

Advantage Granted

Pasco Sensors: 16 Temperature, 8 Chemistry, 8 Weather, 8 Motion, 8 Force. Pasco Software and teacher education manuals. Chromebook cart with 30 units and charging station.     

Grant Amount

$15,853

Requested by

Kasey Vermuelen, Science

Purpose

To enable students to collect and analyze data and incorporate quantitative, real-time data into lab reports. Seamlessly collect, analyze, organize, share and evaluate scientific experimental data.

Students Affected

MRMS grade 8

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Using Legos to Solve Physics
and Engineering Challenges

Advantage Granted

2 LEGO Mechanisms Classroom Packs including motorized mechanisms base sets, pneumatics add-ons and renewable energy sets      

Grant Amount

$13,868

Requested by

Julie Snyder, Math & Science
Kasey Vermuelen, Science

Purpose

To integrate hands-on learning of engineering and technology into 8th grade science curriculum. Use problem solving and collaborative skills to build functional mechanisms to meet a challenge.

Students Affected

MRMS grade 8

 
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The Collaboratory: KNK Zing Orbit Computerized Cutting System

Advantage Granted

One KNK Zing Orbit Cutting System, Sir Cuts A Lot software, supplies and accessories including: replacement blades, embossing tool, engraving tool, adhesive PVC vinyl rolls, printable magnetic sheets and stencils      

Grant Amount

$3,784

Requested by

Johanna Wilson, Technology Integration Specialist

Purpose

To allow students to engage in all stages of the design process from
definition to test and redesign. Students can create in 2D and 3D format.  

Students Affected

MRMS grades 6-8 and HWRHS grades 9-12

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The Collaboratory: A Space for All
with MC Squares

Advantage Granted

32 MC Squares (hand-held whiteboards) including drawing guides and wall-mounting system      

Grant Amount

$2,611

Requested by

Johanna Wilson, Technology Integration Specialist

Purpose

To allow teachers and students to visually document thinking, process
and design work, and create problem-solving strategies. Support for a
student-centered learning model.

Students Affected

MRMS grades 6-8 and HWRHS grades 9-12