OnCourse Awards Final Round of $5000 Growth Grants

on November 6, 2019 in Grant, Chronic Absenteeism, STEM, Reading, Arts

Two districts were selected to receive OnCourse Student Growth Grants for projects focused on providing coding opportunities and expanding accessibility for everyone in the community.

On November 4, OnCourse selected two additional projects for the OnCourse Student Growth Grant program. 

The second round of $5,000 awards goes to: 

New Brunswick Public Schools, New Jersey 

Tangipahoa Parish School System, Louisiana 

Congratulations to both districts! Check out their amazing ideas below: 


P-TECH Drone Program:
New Brunswick Public Schools, NJ

New Brunswick participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public-private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in engineering or an engineering-related field. The program helps provide a purpose for students and helps prepare them for the “new collar” job market. 

To support their engineering curriculum, New Brunswick will use the OnCourse Growth Grant to integrate more coding opportunities into P-TECH. Students will program an indoor drone that will utilize the design process of building, redesigning, testing, collaborating, and problem-solving and other 21st century skills. 

"Students will be given a design brief explaining the reasons behind exploring and building drones with a real-world problem attached. This will include project specifications, constraints, and timeline of completion. They will be given time to program their drones to match the given measurements that require students to program and calculate distance, speed, and time. As part of their project, students will have access to rubrics that are based on collaboration, problem-solving skills, designing phases, redesigning, programming, and overall drone simulation."




The STREAMliner: Tangipahoa Parish School System, LA

Tangipahoa Parish was awarded an OnCourse Growth Grant in the first round for their STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, Math) community education program. With the funding, the TPSS team is converting a school bus into a mobile community learning lab.

After the initial award, the Tangipahoa leadership team expressed an interest in ensuring equity for all students. To make the mobile learning lab more accessible, the Tangipahoa team submitted an addendum to their grant and applied for additional funding to install a wheelchair ramp. Because equity is a core value at OnCourse, our scoring committee has redoubled our support of this project to ensure it reaches all members of the community. 

We are thrilled to work with such fantastic school districts and hope to see some great gains in student growth. Congratulations again to New Brunswick Public Schools and Tangipahoa Parish School System!