Grant Details
Type of Grant

Product + PD/Support

Eligible Institutions

U.S. Districts and Schools

Early Deadline

Nov. 30, 2020

Final Deadline

Dec. 18, 2020

Applicant Minimum

50 students

Applicant Maximum

1,000 students

Implementation Timeline

January - July 2021

Overview

The STEM Gaming Microgrants are being made available through funding from the Overdeck Family Foundation. These microgrants will award schools and districts Tyto Online access for the Spring semester of the 2020-2021 school year (January – July, 2021), and will include professional development and inclusion in a cohort of incredible educators who are working to empower their students’ science + STEM learning for the rest of the year.

We are making 5,000 student licenses available across all awardees. The number of organizations receiving the microgrant will be determined based on applicant requests, as we’ll award to top applicants until the licenses available are expended.

 

Application

The application should only take about 15 minutes to complete. We have an early deadline on November 30th, at which point we will start awarding grantees on a rolling basis, accepting applications through the final deadline on December 18th. Applying earlier therefore increases the chance that your request will be awarded.

You can review and prepare your responses to the application questions ahead of time from this Google Doc.

 

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Information Sessions

While the application doesn’t take long to complete, we know that deciding to apply and participate is still a commitment and you may have questions. We’re therefore hosting four information session webinars where we’ll review the Microgrant and answer your questions. Click on the date and time below that works for you to register. If you are not able to make a webinar but want the recording, please register and the recording will be sent after the session.

 

 

Request for Proposals


Benefits to the Grantee

Tyto Online is used to empower students to be authentic science problem solvers. Students solve a food shortage using genetics, or figure out that animals are sick from microplastics by examining the ecosystem and collecting data.

During COVID19, we’ve seen that teachers are overwhelmed trying to create engaging content that can work in remote/hybrid settings, or even in-class without being able to share materials. Having “minds-on” learning where students actually use science & engineering skills to directly engage in science has been challenging, and we can support teachers in deploying ready-to-go content that’s designed for deep Next Generation pedagogy, whether synchronous or asynchronous. We align with middle school (grades 6-8) Next Generation Science Standards.

Specifically, the STEM Gaming Microgrants will include:

  • Tyto Online access for your STEM students and teachers;
  • Professional development via our online self-paced course and live online sessions;
  • Participation in a cohort of brilliant teachers starting together in January and in our online community + live sessions;
  • Ongoing coaching for success from our dedicated Implementation Manager;
  • 25% discount on Tyto Online for the 2021-2022 school year, should your organization want to purchase to continue usage.

Empower students to be authentic science problem solvers, using science and engineering practices as they work through phenomenon-based storylines — all set up within a video game.

The monetary value of these services for each awardee depends on student licenses requested and number of teachers participating, but can be up to $15,000.

 

Responsibilities of the Grantee

The primary responsibility of the grantee is to use the product as part of normal instructional practices; this is often around 1x per week during relevant units, and to utilize the professional development materials as needed. The only additional ask outside of using the product will be around data collection. We will be finalizing IRB (research board) approval, and will make data collection super simple with online links teachers can hand out to students for collecting specific surveys and measures:

  • Before Using: Science & Engineering Practices
  • After Using: STEM Mindsets + Science & Engineering Practices
  • Ongoing: Teacher + Student Feedback Surveys
  • From Grantee: Provide student demographic data

 

We will use this data to answer research questions, such as whether Tyto Online equally supports students from various backgrounds (thus the request on demographic data), and if increased usage results in increased improvements in Science & Engineering Practices or STEM Mindsets. All of your organization’s data can be provided specifically on request, and the final report of our aggregated learning will be shared with all grantees.

 

Eligibility Requirements

For this grant, we’re seeking qualified educational institutions: school districts and individual schools in the United States (including territories). We don’t have a lot of specific requirements, as we’re looking to see Tyto Online implemented and supported in a variety of settings. A couple things to keep in mind:

  • The minimum number of students who should be served per application is 50; the maximum is 1,000 per applicant. If you have more students than that in the middle school age group, we suggest choosing a grade, site, or specific pilot teachers to focus the experience with. You can check the standards we address to find the best fit in your organization.
  • Priority will go to organizations who serve middle school (grades 6-8) and have underserved student populations.
  • You need to have technology available for your students to use the product. We currently support Chromebooks (with 4+ GB of RAM), Windows, and Mac devices. We are not available on tablets/mobile phones. If you have any questions about compatibility, feel free to use the live chat on this page.

 

Implementation Process + Timeline

We know some districts will need more time to go through approval/paperwork processes than this proposed timeline. That’s fine with us; we created a quick suggestion to get teachers in and able to take advantage of the grant for as long as possible, but it can be modified to fit the grantee’s needs, as long as it’s used during the 2020-2021 school year.

  • December: Grantees Awarded + Agreement Distributed
  • January: Kickoff with PD Introduction + Baseline Data Collection
  • February – May: Regular Tyto Online Usage and Support/Coaching
  • May-June: Post-test towards the end of the school year

 

Application

The application should only take about 15 minutes to complete. We have an early deadline on November 30th, at which point we will started awarding grantees on a rolling basis, accepting applications through the final deadline on December 18th. Applying earlier therefore increases the chance that your request will be awarded.

You can review and prepare your responses to the application questions ahead of time from this Google Doc.

 

Have any questions? Use the live chat right on our website or email lindsey@tytoonline.com.