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					                             LEGO® SMART™ SCHOOLS GRANT PROGRAM

About Education Blueprints Association:
Education Blueprints Association (EBA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit with the mission “To provide resources
and programs that deliver education solutions for individuals, teachers, and students.” EBA focuses on
championing for learners in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education by
designing, developing, and implementing programs at all levels of the educational continuum.

About LEGO Smart Schools:
EBA is seeking to develop 14 regional centers of influence that demonstrate the full continuum of LEGO
Education products and services from elementary through high school based on the LEGO System of
Learning.

Students need to master science, technology, engineering, and math skills, while at the same time,
provided opportunities to integrate their STEM knowledge with critical-thinking, teamwork, and creative
problem-solving skills in order to help form the necessary foundation to become an active participant in
our ever-changing world.

This integration forms the vision that has driven the creation of the EBA LEGO Smart School Grant
Program.

Overview and Components of this Grant Program:
     Fourteen districts will be chosen for the grant nationwide.
     Each district must commit to running the program for a minimum of three academic school
         years.
     Each district selected must choose one elementary, one middle, and one high school in which
         the program will be implemented.
     EBA will provide funds of $40,000 for program implementation.
     Each district must provide matching funds of $40,000 for program implementation.
     Total funds will be spread over the selected elementary, middle, and high schools as needed.
     Once selected, EBA will work with each district to customize a product and training package that
         is right for them.
     EBA will decide who will be awarded the grants.
     Each grant awarded also includes a Build the Change community package, a value of
         approximately $5,000, free of charge from LEGO Education.
     Upon selection, each District will be expected to agree to a variety of activities that are outlined
         in the checklist section of this grant.
     All Districts awarded the grant must have the program up and running by December 31, 2011.
     For the grant application to be considered complete, all fields in the application must be filled
         out.
To apply for this grant, please complete the grant application and upload it online or submit it to:
Education Blueprints Association
915 East Jefferson
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Email to: admin@edublue.org
Upload online at: www.edublue.org

About LEGO Education:
LEGO® Education designs and produces total solutions for preschool environments, schools, and after-
school clubs with the goal of being part of a child’s entire preschool and school career.

LEGO Education wants students to associate LEGO Education sets with fun-filled, rich learning
experiences; and, teachers and child-care professionals to see LEGO Education sets as essential tools
that engage their students, challenging their creativity and significantly enhancing their knowledge and
understanding.

Your complete grant application should include:
    This application.
    A referral letter from your superintendent supporting the implementation of the program. The
       letter can both be scanned and pasted into your online application or emailed to
       admin@edublu.org; or can be sent to the Education Blueprints physical mailing address listed
       above.



District
Names and addresses of
                              Elementary
schools involved

                              Middle


                              High




Who will be the primary contact at your district for this grant?

Name
Title

Phone
E-mail Address
Who will be the secondary contact at your district for this grant?

Name
Title

Phone
E-mail Address



Please tell us about your schools.

Type of Elementary School
(public, charter, private, other)

Began Operation (year)
Number of Students (approx)

Number of Teachers (approx)
Title I Status (yes or no)

Percentage of Students Receiving
Free or Reduced Lunches

Grade Levels Served

Area of Focus, Charter Theme, and so
on

Enrichment Programs Offered
Description of students and
community this school serves
Special Awards or Accolades



Type of Middle School
(public, charter, private, other)

Began Operation (year)
Number of Students (approx)

Number of Teachers (approx)
Title I Status (yes or no)

Percentage of Students Receiving
Free or Reduced Lunches

Grade Levels Served
Area of Focus, Charter Theme, and so
on

Enrichment Programs Offered

Description of students and
community this school serves
Special Awards or Accolades



Type of High School
(public, charter, private, other)

Began Operation (year)
Number of Students (approx)

Number of Teachers (approx)
Title I Status (yes or no)

Percentage of Students Receiving
Free or Reduced Lunches

Grade Levels Served

Area of Focus, Charter Theme, and so
on

Enrichment Programs Offered

Description of students and
community this school serves
Special Awards or Accolades



Please tell us about how your district became aware of LEGO® Education and this grant.




Please briefly tell us about the key people who would be involved in implementing the LEGO Smart School
Program at your schools and any background they have with LEGO Education products.
Have you and/or the staff and administration received prior training in LEGO Education products? If so, please
describe.




What is your staff’s prior knowledge and usage of LEGO Education products? Please describe how classes are
using LEGO Education solutions.




Have you attached a copy of a referral letter from your
superintendent supporting the implementation of the
program and submission of this grant application?



Please provide a description of how your school district defines STEM Education. Why is STEM Education
relevant for the school district?
What are your district’s objectives and goals for placing emphasize on STEM programs? How do you plan on
growing your STEM programs in the future?




Please provide a description of how you think LEGO® Education products will aid in the integration of STEM in
your classrooms.




Please provide a list of subject areas in which LEGO® Education products will be utilized to teach core concepts.
Please describe how your schools comply with state and local core standards.




Is your district familiar with Partnership for 21st Century Skills (www. P21.org) core standards? If so, please
provide a description of how the district plans to comply with those standards.




If applicable, please describe any relationships you have with local preschools or nearby universities.




Please tell us about anything else you would like the Educational Blueprints Association to consider in making
our grant decision.




To measure the effectiveness of the LEGO® Smart™ School Grant Program, LEGO Education may ask that
the schools agree to provide additional information or be open to partaking in a variety of activities.
 Please mark whether your schools would be open to the following checklist of items if selected as a
 LEGO Smart Grant Program recipient.

                                                                                      Yes        No
 We will have one elementary, one middle, and one high school that will          Mandatory
 participate in the program.
 We will provide matching funds of $40,000 for implementation of the             Mandatory
 program; These funds will be spread over elementary, middle, and high
 school levels.
 We will operate the program for a minimum of three (3) years.                   Mandatory
 Every teacher using the products in the classroom will receive training and     Mandatory
              ®                                         ™
 become LEGO certified (including LEGO SERIOUS PLAY ) prior to the start of
 the program.
 We will implement the program by December 31st, 2011.                           Mandatory

 We will implement the program according to the correct student-to-product
 ratio.
 We will be open to having teachers present at conventions, conferences,
 and other events when requested.

 We will host community events in conjunction with a major convention in
 the area when requested.


 We will contribute to LEGO Education blogs.

 We will participate in third-party case studies that allow access to student
 data for longitudinal research projects.


 We will provide photo releases of students for multimedia, print, and digital
 marketing.


 We will allow profiles of your schools on micro sites or other technological-
 type mediums.


 We will welcome guests and potential customers to your schools to view the
 programs in use.


We will interact with the user community of LEGO® Smart™ certified
teachers.


 We will host a Build the Change Event for the local community upon
 implementation of the program (materials for event are provided by LEGO
 Education and are free of charge).
Thank you for taking the time to complete this form. We appreciate the great work you are doing in
education and hope to further that work. A response to your sponsorship request will be provided prior
to November 15, 2011.

                               Scoring Rubric                                              Point Scale
Implementation will span kindergarten through 12th grade                         Mandatory

Letter from superintendent                                                       Up to 5 points
Demographic information                                                          Up to 10 points

Geographic territory based on potential center of influence                      Up to 5 points based on
                                                                                 distance in miles

Recommendation by local LEGO Education consultant                                Up to 5 points based on
                                                                                 relationship with local
                                                                                 consultant

Narrative Components
Familiarity with LEGO Education and our products                                 Up to 10 points based on
                                                                                 number of sets already being
                                                                                 used in the school

Description of the program the district would like to implement                  Up to 10 points based on the
                                                                                 program described and the
                                                                                 level of description provided

Description of STEM program and emphasis placed on STEM                          Up to 10 points based on the
                                                                                 information given and the level
                                                                                 of description provided

Curriculum areas in which the products will be used                              Up to 5 points based on the
                                                                                 number of curriculum areas
                                                                                 identified and the description
                                                                                 that is provided for each
Compliance with state and local standards                                        Up to 5 points
Compliance with Partnership for 21st Century Skills standards                    Up to 5 points

Relationship with local preschool or nearby university                           Up to 5 points

Checklist Agreement

The number of items from the checklist the applicant is willing to participate   Up to 20 points based upon the
in                                                                               number of activities the district
                                                                                 is willing to agree to

				
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