SUCCESSFUL PILOT LEADS TO IMPLEMENTATION OF ROBOTICS PROGRAM IN 5 SCHOOLS THIS FALL
Please Join us in Supporting the Future of Our Students at our Fundraiser
Continuing to focus on providing 21st century STEM experiences for MVCSD 5th and 6th graders and building on the success of the pilot robotics program, the MVEF is planning to expand to five additional schools in the late Fall of 2023. Through this program we will foster problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking skills as students work on specific innovative robotics designs.
The Mount Vernon Educational Foundation seeks to raise $75,000 to support two years of a robotics after school program for middle school students in the Mount Vernon City School District. The funds raised will be used to purchase VEX IQ Classroom Bundle Kids, providing all of the materials students will need to build their own robots.
Short term: Increase student performance on NYSED grades 5-6 science and math assessments
Long term: Increase the number of students who will thrive in a 21st century workforce
students in grades 5-6
The Mount Vernon Educational Foundation (MVEF) is an independent non-profit organization that works in collaboration with the Mount Vernon City Schools (MVCSD). The MVEF mission is to close the opportunity gap experienced by Mount Vernon students by providing rich, extracurricular activities that expand their learning beyond the classroom and the four square miles of their city.
First established in 2004, the MVEF was relaunched in 2020 after many years in dormant status.
In its early years, the MVEF successfully funded mini-grants and raised over $1 million to maintain MVCSD’s athletic programs.
In 2020, when the MVCSD was forced by COVID to move to remote learning, the MVEF raised $35,000 which was used to provide laptops to students for daily instruction.
In 2022, the MVEF provided funds for a pilot after school robotics program, which was successfully implemented for 5th and 6th graders at Benjamin Turner school. The program provided hands-on and team-based learning for our middle school students.
The Educational Foundation raised $22,000 for the Robotics program in 2022 and has set a goal of $30,000 for 2023.