HEF Awards Spring 2019 Mini-Grants

The Haverhill Education Foundation awarded 9 mini-grants in the Spring of 2019.
Applicants were asked to focus on project-based learning in all disciplines, grade level reading by fourth grade, development of youth leadership skills, visual arts, performing arts, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). The following projects received funding.

  • Masterpiece for Middleschoolsers, JG Whittier Middle School
  • Book Swap and Free Little Library, Pentucket Lake School
  • Cisco Girls Power Tech, Haverhill High School
  • Help Each Other Grow, Pentucket Lake School
  • DIY Science, Nettle Middle School
  • Math Event at New England Aquarium, Tilton School
  • Guided Reading Books, Hunking School
  • Using Robotics to Bring Geometry Alive
  • Mindfulness Matters, JG Whittier Middle School

HEF Mini-Grant Recipient Jenifer Donais to Train Teachers in Dubai

According to a story on the WHAV website, Silver Hill Math Specialist, Jennifer Donais will travel to Dubai to provide professional development to teachers there. Ms. Donais received HEF mini-grants in both the Spring and Fall rounds of awards in 2018. Her projects were Math Escape Room and Making Students Global Citizens through 3D Printing.

Link to the story at WHAV here:

HEF Awards Fall 2018 Mini-Grants

The Haverhill Education Foundation has awarded 13 mini-grants in the Fall of 2018. Applicants were asked to focus on project-based learning in all disciplines, development of youth leadership skills, visual arts, performing arts, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). The following projects received funding.

  • Work Hard Clay Hard, Consentino School
  • Water Rocket Club, Consentino School
  • Tablets for Massachusetts Institute of Technology Application Inventor, Haverhill High
  • IXL for ESL Programmed Instruction in Geometry, Haverhill High
  • Human Brain Project, Haverhill High
  • Coding in the Classroom, Bradford Elementary
  • Husky HEARTS, Bradford Elementary
  • Cooking in the Classroom, Hunking School
  • Bobcat Buddies (Collaboration between 8th and 3rd graders in STEM and literacy), Hunking Schoool
  • Human Impact on Mother Earth, Nettle School
  • Making Students Global Citizens through 3D Printing, Silver Hill
  • Mural for High School Garden/Orchard, Hfaverhill High
  • Move-Up Day Chalk-a-thon, Haverhill High

HEF Awards Spring 2018 Mini-Grants

The Haverhill Education Foundation awarded eleven mini-grants in March.

Hydroponics Growing Garden – Moody

Mystery Science Subscription – Pentucket Lake

Curriculaughs – Pentucket Lake

Healthcare Career Awareness – Haverhill High School

Scrubs Club – Access 21 Afterschool Program at Haverhill High School

Makerspace – Silver Hill

Leading Ladies – Silver Hill

Golden Hill Family Book Swap – Golden Hill

Fine Arts Academy Chalk-A-Thon – Haverhill High School

Math Escape Room – Silver Hill

Cool Hands-On Science Experiments – Nettle Middle School

Haverhill Robotics Successful in Competition


The field house at UMASS Lowell is usually a place to see athletes compete, but on a recent Saturday (April 30) robots of various designs could be seen climbing ramps and over obstacles; picking up, pushing, and dumping objects; and swinging mechanical arms in the New England Regional Botball Tournament.  This year, Haverhill Robotics competed in the day-long event against 18 other teams, surviving multiple matches to win a fourth place finish in the double-elimination rounds.  For the second year in a row, Haverhill also won the Spirit of Botball trophy for helping other teams.

In BotBall, students engineer, build, and program two robots to address various challenges on a table-top course.  During competition, the robots are “autonomous” – following instructions programmed into their software before the match begins.  This year’s course and challenges were based on the popular movie, The Martian. Robots had to move dirt and water into an area to grow potatoes, retrieve an oxygen generator and radioisotope thermoelectric generator, and climb from the bottom of a crater to the rim to sweep dust off solar panels.  All the objects to be manipulated were represented by foam cubes, balls, and pompoms. The New England Regional Tournament is sponsored by eleven sponsors including NASA, iRobot, and UMASS Lowell.

At the Botball kickoff in January, students and their coach go to UMASS Lowell to learn about the year’s challenges, have a lesson in programming, and get the design for the course. They build a practice course in the Robotics lab at HHS on an 8′ by 8′ white board surface out of pvc pipe and other materials, and populate it with objects that can be moved from place to place by a cleverly designed and programmed robot. At the competition, coaches are not allowed into the “pit” to assist their teams and the students must solve problems that develop themselves or with the help of other teams.

Haverhill Robotics has 28 members, coached by teacher Cliff Ashbrook.  The team is in its 8th year as part of the Access 21 after-school program at Haverhill High School.  Access 21 is supported by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Haverhill Robotics is also sponsored by the Haverhill Education Foundation. A feeder Robotics program at Consentino middle school, serves 12 students per trimester.  Students from the high school program act as instructors for the middle school students under the supervision of a Consentino teacher.  The high school team was invited to speak about their experiences at a state-wide conference of 21st Century grantees this winter.  Donations to support Haverhill Robotics can be made to the Haverhill Education Foundation by clicking on the Donate button.