If you are looking at introducing or expanding 3D printing and design for your school, then Makers Empire can try to help you achieve funding for such a program through the Alabama Power Foundation’s Classroom Grant Program.
Grants of up to $1,000 per school are available to public elementary, middle and high schools to purchase materials, supplies and other resources to enhance learning in the classroom.
The grant program will remain open for the remainder of the school year. Grants are awarded to eligible recipients on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are exhausted.
Makers Empire provides schools with all the tools for a successful 3D printing and design program. This includes 3D printers, easy to use 3D design software, lesson plans aligned to standards, professional development and teacher management tools.
Since its creation in 1989 with funds donated by shareholders, the Alabama Power Foundation has supported Alabama communities, educational institutions and nonprofits through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships, using non-ratepayer dollars.
Teachers often have to pay for class materials out-of-pocket. The Classroom grants seek to solve that problem by awarding grants up to $1,000 for materials to better the classroom environment, and in turn, enhance a student’s ability to learn. Funding may also be used to support COVID-19 relief efforts such as technology support, cleaning and sanitation supplies, as well as mental health needs for students and educators.
The program focuses on improving and expanding educational opportunities at schools throughout Alabama. This year, the program has expanded to meet additional needs, such as technology support to enhance virtual learning, which has become commonplace as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Examples of uses for Classroom grants include, but are not limited to the following:
We have highlighted the ways Makers Empire fulfils the grant requirements above.
Additionally, Makers Empire is designed to work both in the classroom and with remote learning – teachers can set student curriculum-aligned design challenges via the Teacher Dashboard and have them appear remotely in their students’ devices as a notification.
The possibilities for engaging, authentic learning with Makers Empire are endless.
Check out examples of remote learning activities you could do with your students including:
The Alabama Power Foundation’s Classroom Grant Program.allows schools to get up to $1,000 in funding towards classroom programs. With this grant, schools could fund one medium-sized 3D printer, filament, online training, Maker Empire 3D design software, endorsed professional development, and 150+ curriculum-aligned lesson plans for one class of students for 12 months.
Most 3D design programs for students focuses solely on the Teaching part of the teaching cycle, which comprises Planning, Teaching and Assessment. Differently, Makers Empire can be used for all three stages, making it an efficient and effective solution for time-poor teachers:
To apply for the Alabama Power Foundation’s Classroom Grant Program to get 3D printing with Makers Empire, a school needs to simply request a quote, and submit an application
No financial commitment from the schools is required. The Alabama Power Foundation’s Classroom Grant Program does not require any matching funding, and all the tools for a school to successfully implement 3D printing into the classroom are covered by the grant.
The grant application form is straightforward, Depending on your previous grant writing experience, you can complete the application in a day or two.
For schools who choose Makers Empire for their grant submission, we recommend the following approach.
Please read over all the steps before starting your application.
To learn more about Makers Empire, and see if this is the right solution for your school, please watch this short video.
Our 3D solutions for schools utilize design thinking frameworks as a way of getting students to engage in problem-solving. 3D printing and design are great tools with which to experience design thinking. Plus, they help educators teach students STEM concepts in an engaging way while providing them with a truly 21st-century learning experience.
Start your application at the grant website. You can view a sample application form here.
If you decide to apply for Alabama Power Foundation’s Classroom Grant program to purchase a Makers Empire solution, you must request a quote as quotations are required as part of the application.
We suggest having your application fully prepared in a seperate document so that you can submit it easily online.
Then submit your application online as per step 1 above if you created a grant application account. Make sure to include your school’s quotation for your Makers Empire solution.
If you need help with your application please email us at info[at]makersempire.com with subject: “ALABAMA POWER FOUNDATION GRANT SUPPORT.”