Initiative Grant Recipients

Podcasting in the classroom | East & West High school

This project aims to acquire podcasting supplies for the agriculture department, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities’ Agricultural Communications Department. This project will pave the way for the integration of the production cycle and podcasting into our curriculum, enabling students to proficiently plan, record, and edit podcasts focused on diverse agricultural topics.



Visual Planetarium Dome | East High School:

The cutting-edge GeoDome Globe, an addtion to the East Planetarim, will offer an immersive and interactive learning experience for all. This GeoDome Globe will engage not only our Mankato East ninth graders but also District 77’s elementary students and West High School attendees during their visits. Moreover, this remarkable setup will be available for after-hour shows and tailored public presentations, reaching out to an estimated 15,000-plus students and community members within the Mankato vicinity.

Adventure Ed | Futures/sun:

Our students with unique needs will soon enjoy thrilling outdoor adventures, building confidence and essential life skills with outdoor equipment. It will create a nurturing environment for students to embrace the great outdoors with joy and enthusiasm, empowering them to step out of their comfort zones and explore new horizons.

INDI Robot Initiative | Franklin Elementary:

The Sphero Indi Learning Robot will be empowering students to embark on an exciting journey into the world of coding and STEAM activities. This innovative tool will allow our youngest learners to dive into the fundamentals of coding through the use of colors and block coding. With this cutting-edge technology, students have the opportunity to grasp the basics of computational thinking and the core principles of computer science.

Tchoukball | Roosevelt Elementary:

Introducing an exhilarating new game, Tchoukball, pronounced “chuke-ball.” A seamlessly blending team handball and basketball. Aligned with SHAPE America National Standards, this game promotes catching, throwing, and spatial awareness while fostering teamwork and boosting heart rates. Get ready for an energizing twist in our Physical Education curriculum!

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