SPARK Awarded Nearly $183,000 In Grant Funds for the 2015-16 School Year
Each year, SPARK funds a variety of new and innovative programs that enrich the lives of PWCS students, teachers, and staff. These programs are not normally possible through limited budgets.
During the 2015-16 school year, SPARK awarded a total of 34 Innovative Grants that directly affected 28 schools and departments.
SPARK designated funding specifically for Makerspace grants as an additional element of the Innovative Grant Program. Makerspaces are essentially a space where students and teachers can gather to create, invent, and learn with tools such as 3-D printers, electronics, and craft and hardware supplies. SPARK is excited to receive more grants to support this innovative way of learning in the future.
With funding from the Northern Virginia Community Foundation to include $25,000, matched by SPARK, along with generous contributions from the Micron Foundation and SRC, SPARK and the Office of Career and Technical Education launched the first Cyber Security Lab in Prince William County at Potomac High School.
SPARK also received funding in the amount of $23,000 from the Northern Virginia Community Foundation to support an initiative spearheaded by the Office of History and Social Science to educate eighth grade students about civic responsibility.
Each year, the Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation designates $5,000 to the Innovative Grants Program, allowing SPARK to provide transportation for thousands of students to attend performances at the Hylton Performing Arts Center throughout the year. This unique opportunity allows students to experience and appreciate fine arts at a performing arts venue right here in Prince William County.