Sandcastles Receives STEAM Education Week Grant | Community


The Sandcastles Children’s Museum has received a grant of $ 3,567 from the Michigan State Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), the museum said on Wednesday.

The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 594 applications to compete for MCACA funding for fiscal year 2022.

Organizations that receive an MCACA grant are required to match these funds with other public and private funds. Sandcastles Children’s Museum receives significant financial and volunteer support from community members

The grant will fund a STEAM Education Week, a series of workshops for children ages 8 to 12, during the summer of 2022 at the museum and will include five days of classes.

“We are thrilled to partner with MCACA to bring this math and science focused programming to Sandcastles. A talented group of educators lead our STEAM workshops,” Sandcastles Executive Director Kristin Korendyke said in the statement. “The kids are going to have so much fun learning with these engaging teachers. “

The five-day course will build on the five parts of what STEAM stands for – science, technology, engineering, art, and math. A plan is also in place for each of the five days.

Sciences – EATS (Food and Tasting Sciences)

In this very hands-on workshop, all of the labs (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences) will involve food and often art in one way or another, such as designing and building “functional” towers. from gumballs and spaghetti or DNA models of

Other meals. Erika Fatura, a teacher at Pentwater Public Schools, will teach science.

Technology – Videography Tips: Manipulating Speed

Participants will learn tricks that videographers and editors use when speeding up, slowing down, and making transitions to fool audiences. They will film their experiences and, if time permits, learn simple video editing on their own. Rana Findling, from Kalamazoo Public Schools, will teach technology.

Engineering – Remote controlled vehicles (ROV).

Using different sizes of PVC pipe, participants will build an ROV for underwater exploration, working as a team to design the vehicle and find out how to connect the remote box. Then they’ll test the designs and vehicles in large, fairly deep black plastic pools. They will drive the vehicles equipped with cameras to the marina to understand the use of ROVs for deep sea exploration. Gary Reynolds, Underwater Technology, ROV, will teach engineering

Art – Acrylic painting

Learning by doing, children will learn the basic steps of acrylic painting: formulating a concept; paint a background; and finish the painting with detail work. They will explore the use of acrylic paint while expressing themselves through the medium, including how to work and create different colors by mixing paint. They will experience the value and contrast of colors to enhance their personal creativity. Mary Case, Art By Mary Case Gallery and Studio, will teach art.

Mathematics – Visual Mathematics and a Little Logic

Through the examples and drawings they create, participants will discover the beauty and aesthetics of mathematics – of ratios and proportions and how they catch the eye to how mathematics is used in art and l ‘architecture. Chadd McGlone, Mathkind Global, will teach math.

MCACA’s peer review process allows each grant application to be competitively reviewed by a panel of arts and culture professionals from within and outside the state. This ensures that taxpayers, who support this project through statutory appropriations, and all other visitors or residents of Michigan will have access to the highest quality artistic and cultural experiences.

A complete list of state grants is available by contacting the MCACA at (517) 241-4011 or by visiting the MCACA website at

The Sandcastles Children’s Museum is a non-profit educational museum for children. Sandcastles’ mission is to encourage and inspire children and families to explore their world through hands-on exhibits and programs that stimulate creativity, curiosity, love of learning, cultural awareness and positive interactions within and between families. Sandcastles is located at 129 E. Ludington Ave. in downtown Ludington. For more information, visit and follow us on


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