In the fall of 2016, five new grants were funded, which provide diverse educational opportunities to Ladue students across the district:
Arianna String Quartet
The Arianna String Quartet will visit the high school orchestra classes 4-5 times to work with students on advanced pieces of music and to share with students the experiences of professional performing musicians. Students will also see the quartet perform in concert.
Eclipse glasses were purchased for all staff and students, preK-12, in order to safely observe all phases of the total eclipse on August 21, 2017. The total eclipse will be the first for Ladue School District students, since the last one occurred in St. Louis in 1979, when many observed the eclipse using pin-holes in shoe boxes! This is a major scientific event, and is especially exciting because St. Louis is in the "Zone of Totality.”
Google Expeditions uses Google's vast library of resources, such as Google Earth and Google Street View, to make a collection(s) of virtual reality panoramas and 3D images, annotated with details, points of interest and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools.
Mini PCR Beta Test
LHWHS teacher Monica Bowman was awarded a Ladue Education Foundation grant for her innovative proposal. Students will use field-grade biotech equipment to work on the Plant DNA Barcode Project within the Deer Creek Watershed to help us better manage and maintain our floodplain with additional future work projected in other areas once our LHWHS greenhouse is built.
Refurbishment of French Horns
This grant to refurbish the entire collection of French horns in Ladue Schools was made possible by the generous support of Scott Hammann.
STEM Scouts (Continuation)
STEM Scouts is a national pilot program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) focused on fun ways for girls and boys, grades 3 – 12, to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). STEM Scouts encourages the natural curiosity of young minds as they develop skills in leadership, teamwork, problem solving, and communication. Using hands-on activities, field trips, and interaction with STEM professionals, youth expand their knowledge of academic concepts while they have fun and make friends. The LEF is proud to partner with the BSA and Ladue School District STEM Coordinator, Dr. Kevin McColgan, to bring this pilot program to our schools.