Lowe’s ToolBox for Education Grant for American Public Schools
The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant supports public education by helping to close the funding gap facing many public schools. Each year, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants program contributes more than $5 million to fund improvements at public schools in the United States.
Grant and fit with Makers Empire
The Lowes grant is for USA public schools. It offers a grant funding for projects ranging from $2000 – $5000 and can be used for school projects that fall into one of the categories:
1. tools for STEM programs
2. technology upgrades
3. facility renovations
4. safety improvements
This grant is a great fit with the award-winning Makers Empire 3D Learning Solution. You can upgrade the technology at your school with the purchase of a 3D printer and 3D technology fits perfectly into STEM learning initiatives.
What teachers say
“The software has lesson plans based on many state standards with many modules to choose from. Maker’s Empire can be used to teach science, math and even art, K-12. The 3D-printing course was not as challenging as the grade level I was given — first graders!... However, their enthusiasm and absolute thirst for knowledge is awesome to see. They blaze through the challenging 3D lesson plans… Seeing the students faces when the IT team at BPY brings the 3D prints to the classroom is just something I can’t describe. The best part is while walking in the hallway with the huge iPad cart, some eighth graders ask who made that. I point to the first graders, who grin ear to ear.”
Shneur Garb, Ben Porat Yosef Yeshiva Day School
New Jersey, USA
"Software is great, very user friendly... Kids loved it."
Bryan Couts, Tech Teacher, Titusville Middle School
Titusville, Pennsylvania, USA
"Our students were riveted by the magic of this new technology! Watching their creations come to life they were spellbound, and we had to literally pry them away from the computers when the session ended."
Dr. Tani Foger, Principal, Yeshivat He’Atid
New Jersey, USA
"I have worked with several design software but Makers Empire is the easiest to use... One of the best things students learned is that it is okay to not get the "right" answer the first time, or second time. Students know that "failing" is part of the design process and problem solving. Students have expanded their problem solving skills to think more outside of the box... Before, my students were limited in their STEM applications and designs due to financial issues and materials available. Now each student is able to have an account for their designs and can work at their pace which is meeting them on their individual need. Through this, my after school STEM club has gained interested to where students had to be put on a waiting list. Students have discussed participating in STEM clubs in middle school and high school as well as more interest in engineering type careers."
Casey Corn, STEM Teacher, Chesnee Elementary School
South Carolina, USA
"This has been a wonderful new way to teach and motivate my students. They are so eager and excited to learn in this new way!... I do find this program to be helpful in developing my students interest in STEM subjects. They are beginning to see real-life implications to what they learning to do in class and how they could develop prototypes of objects that they could develop and then produce to sell... At first, I preferred Tinkercad because I knew this software better. However, now that I have had some time to work with Makers Empire it is so much better. It does a much better job of showing you how to build and create. The challenges help tremendously!...The overall enthusiasm towards school and learning has increased tremendously. Students who are typically reluctant learners have come to life. One student was chronically absent and has now improved his attendance. He asks me each morning if he can get on the computer!"
Robin McGinnis, Teacher, North Elementary School
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
"My department was searching for applications and curriculum that would align to the common core standards. We found reference to [Makers Empire] on the web and reached out to see if what they were doing would meet our needs... We were impressed that they were addressing the use of 3D printing not simply as an endpoint but as a true curriculum enabling tool. We simply had not found anyone else doing the work required to create quality educational activities... The New York State Teacher Centers and the New York Institute of Technology have been working with Makers Empire on what has turned out to be a transformational pilot with New York State Schools... The Makers Empire pilot has provided the beacon for schools to follow that are opening opportunities for students that simply were not on the table before the pilot."
Professor Stan Silverman, Director NYIT Technology Based Learning Systems
New York, USA.
"After having tried several softwares I can say hands down that Makers Empire has been the easiest for my students in grades 3-5 to access and manipulate."
Christopher Burdman, STEM Teacher, Joseph P Tynan Elementary School
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
"Makers Empire has been a great tool for many of my students that find other CAD software difficult. Some students have difficulty visualizing in a 3D workspace; 3D modelling is great practice to build spatial sense... This is linked to a skill in our math curriculum, so it's great to give a real world application for students to practice... Originally I started with my whole class using TinkerCAD. However, when given the choice many of my students gravitated to Makers Empire. I'm not sure if they prefer using the touch screen on the tablets to manipulate their designs, the gamification, or something else, but many have been successful with it and have made some great designs! 3D printing tech lets my students see themselves as creators and how it can help others. They feel empowered by the possibilities of the technology and the leadership they are able to take in their school."
Jeff Hennigar, Grade 4/5 Teacher, BLT Senior Elementary School
Timberlea, Nova Scotia, Canada
"The software is easy to use and kid friendly... The curriculum has been great and it even fits into the objectives that I am currently teaching... When we first started using the curriculum I thought it was going to be a huge task getting my students to learn this. But instead of teaching, I have become a facilitator. They have really taken off and are helping each other solve problems. When we end our day I may about 20 designs that were created, but when we start the next day I see that number increase to about 50. They are even designing at home."
Irene Barry-Philord, Teacher, Eneida M. Hartner Elementary
Miami, Florida, USA
“I use Makers Empire to enhance students’ ability to demonstrate understanding across a wide range of topics. As we work through different curriculum, including geometric shapes, things we’re scared of, plants and insects, and engineering design challenges, students create 3D models related to the content… We use the app to create 3D products that are printed as well as those that are not, but still viewed in 3D on the iPads.”
Jennifer Auten, 2nd Grade Teacher, Mont Claire Elementary School
Los Altos, California, USA
"The lesson plans provide authentic learning experiences that help our teachers integrate 3D printing and encourages our students to print with a purpose. We appreciated that the Makers Empire trainers were dedicated educators, with former classroom teaching experience. They helped our teachers understand how to use the printers and program but most importantly how to thoughtfully integrate the application in the classroom."
Dr Andrew A Taylor, Director of Technology, Byram Hills Central School
New York, USA
"I love Makers Empire software. It is great to use with elementary age students... I love teaching students how to design for 3D printing. It’s so fun watching them problem solve to create a certain shape by adding or taking away."
Karen Owen, Technology Teacher, Grace Christian Academy
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
“I’m sending you the very best wishes and enormous gratitude for connecting our students with your learning program. To say this purchase has been transformative might sound like an exaggeration but it’s pretty darn close to the truth."
Mary Bongiovanni, Director of Design Thinking, Pace Academy
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The spring 2018 grant cycle is now closed. For those that applied, you can expect to be contacted via email in mid-May regarding the final status of your application. The Fall 2018 grant cycle will be open for applications August 6, 2018.
It is a good idea to prepare your school’s application early and have it ready to submit it as soon as applications opens, as Lowes has the right to close applications early once they have received 1500 applications.
If your school plans to submit for a grant to fund your investment in the Makers Empire 3D printing solution we have outlined the following application process steps. Please read over all steps before starting your application.
1) Review pre-application check list and application steps
a) Review the grant pre-application check list on the grant website – here
b) Review the steps required to submit an application – here
2) Learn about the Makers Empire 3D Learning Program
To successfully submit a grant you will need a solid understanding of the functions and benefits of the Makers Empire 3D Learning Program. The following videos and examples will provide you will a great overview of Makers Empire.
a) Watch the following short videos that give an overview of Makers Empire:
If you decide to apply for The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to fund your investment in a Makers Empire 3D Learning Solution, you must request a quote from us as quotations are required as part of the application process. One of our expert learning consultants will be touch to discuss your requirements. We will also provide supporting information for your grant submission.
4) Submit your application
Once the grant opens, check and submit your application, including your quotation for your Makers Empire solution. Grant rounds can open and close within a short period of time so don’t delay getting your application in as soon as possible. We recommend having your completed application already prepared so that you can submit it as soon as the grant opens.
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