The Snapdragon Book Foundation provides funds to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children. Founded by a former school librarian, the foundation exists to put books in the hands of students. Grant funding is to be spent on traditional books and processing fees—barcoding and spine labels, for example. Other media, such as posters, arts and crafts supplies, software, hardware, and online databases, are not eligible. The foundation is not likely to fund projects that include significant technology unless the technology use has a strong connection to the organization’s mission. The grants are awarded to public, private, charter, and experimental preK–grade 12 schools in the United States and its territories. They typically range from $2,500 to $10,000.
The K–3 STEM Foundations project is developing NGSS-aligned curriculum units for K–3 students that connect science concepts and guided inquiry activities to reading/language arts, as well as health and wellness. The units are designed for use during class time or after school.
The Scratch team in the MIT Media Lab is gearing up to release a new version of Scratch designed to work on mobile devices. The team is also working on a way to integrate the physical world with Scratch using what they’re currently calling a “Scratch Pad.”
A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian, titled simply Americans, shows how all aspects of contemporary American life have been touched by the history and symbols of native culture. American Indian images, names, and stories infuse American history and contemporary life.