2015 ManACE Seed Grants

Apr 7, 2015 by

This year we received a record number of applications in every SEED Grant category. The judging committee had a difficult time judging due to the exceptional level of all the applications. ManACE thanks all who applied and we encourage all applicants to reapply again next year.

Congratulations to the 2015 ManACE SEED Grant recipients. We are looking forward to hearing about the many success’ of this years initiatives.  Over the next several months, we will be showcasing the projects in various ways, including our journal, blog, workshops and mailing list.

We are also asking all recipients to share a brief synopsis (approximately 250-300 words) of their project to include in our next ManACE Journal.


2015 ManACE Seed Grant Recipients


Early Years

School Name – École Robert-Browning – St. James-Assiniboia

Project Title: ÉRB Maker Club

Teacher Name/Email:  Jon Sorokowski

Principal Name/Email: Michelle Clarke

Brief Description: The École Robert Browning Maker Club will allow students in Grades 3 to 5 to design, explore, and collaborate by creating and tinkering with consumables, robots, computer coding, and circuits.



School Name – Oak Lake Community School – Fort La Bosse School Division

Project Title: A Little “Bit” to Stay Fit

Teacher Name/Email: Beth Norrie

Principal Name/Email: Brenda Masson

Brief Description: If you give a kid an ibitz, you will promote active and healthy lifestyles for Oak Lake Community School students. Through the use of ibitz, a kid friendly, wireless pedometer, partnered with an interactive goal setting and reward app, we will track and provide opportunities to enhance and promote fitness in our school, our community and beyond.


Middle Years

School Name – Meadows Elementary School – Brandon School Division

Project Title: Robotics Rocks!

Teacher Name/Email: Norah Pieroni

Principal Name/Email: Dave Lim

Brief Description: ROBOTICS ROCKS! would be a scintillating 21st Century skill-building adventure for Grade 5 and 6 students.  Students would be engaged in the exciting world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) projects, introducing the concepts of system, integration, digital control and innovative design, thus promoting personalized learning infused with the latest technology in such an enthralling way!


School Name – Hedges Middle School – St. James Assiniboia School Division

Project Title: Hedges Hawks Productions

Teacher Name/Email:  Rowland Hayward

Principal Name/Email: Dan Kalynchuk

Brief Description: The goal of the project is to create digital productions designed to capture the lives of students involved in activities throughout the year at Hedges Middle School. The productions will be digital portfolios of teams, groups, and performers that will be kept as a reminder of what was accomplished through their time together. Where they were… their journey…and where they ended up!

Senior Years

School Name – Sioux Vally High School – Sioux Valley Education Authority

Project Title: Soaring to New Heights As Producers Through Technology

Teacher Name/Email:  Jewel Sundell

Principal Name/Email: Kevin Nabess

Brief Description: In my classroom there is a lack of mobile technology that would allow my math and science students to; explore, create and share their learning using technology. I would like to

try the #mathphotoaday challenges that I have seen on social media but because I don’t have access to mobile smart devices it limits my students ability to participate. I see the educational value in these challenges as well the use of apps that would allow students to creatively use technology as producers. I want to be able to explore and implement the use of apps such as; Educreations or Explain Everything, Instagram, Twitter,and other creation apps.


School Name – Henry G. Izatt Middle School – Pembina Trails School Division

Project Title: Movie Magic!

Teacher Name/Email:  Shawn Dolinski

Principal Name/Email: Peggy Hobson

Brief Description: HGI Middle School is currently writing, and aims to produce and share, a full length feature film. The whole process is a collaborative endeavor that is driven by our Grade 9 Students. The film will be shared online and premiered at the VIP Cineplex Theatres for the whole school/Whyte Ridge Community to enjoy.

School Category

School Name – Carberry School – Beautiful Plains School Division

Project Title: The “How To?” Project

Teacher Name/Email:  Lisa Whyte

Principal Name/Email: Kathy Bjarnason

Brief Description: I would like to start a project with my Grade 7-10 Home Economics students in both their clothing and foods unit. With this grant I would like to purchase iPads to photograph, record, and create “How To?” videos of their projects. We will also like to record, share, and promote our service learning projects.


School Name – St. Augustine School – Brandon School Division

Project Title: Library Learning Commons/Makerspace

Teacher Name/Email:  Trina Hayter

Principal Name/Email: Chris Czarnecki

Brief Description: With the help of this grant, we will create a Learning Commons that will be designed to engineer and drive future-oriented learning and teaching throughout the entire school.  Incorporated into our new Learning Commons will be a Makerspace – a STEM-based initiative and a place where children can come together to create with technology.  This Creation-Station will re-energize students to personalize their own learning, be innovative, work collaboratively and learn from a global perspective with technology leading the way.


Again, thank-you to all who applied.


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