TVMSC is able to continue offering a unique learning community for our students through generous donations of individuals and organizations throughout the Treasure Valley. These donors recognize the importance of math and science in the lives of all students.
For individuals or organizations who wish to make a donation to the Treasure Valley Math & Science Center, please reference the attached document. All donations to TVMSC are processed through the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation. Donors will receive an acknowledgement of contributions letter for use when filing taxes.
The Idaho Community Foundation's 'Statewide Education Philanthropic Gift Fund'
In Spring 2015, the Idaho Community Foundation approved donations to the Treasure Valley Math & Science Center to support TVMSC's Smart Goal for providing outreach programs and collaborative activities that encourage and support underrepresented students (female, minority,and/or low income) in pursuing educational opportunities within STEM fields.
Two grantors stepped forward to support this grant proposal; Idaho Community Foundation's 'Statewide Education Philanthropic Gift Fund' generously donated $1,382 from 'The Fund for Joe's Kids' and the 'Kissler Family Foundation Philanthropic Gift Fund' generously provided another $1,100 in support of these efforts.
TVMSC put these donations to work through implementation of a series of planned activities and events designed to raise students' awareness and appreciation for STEM fields of study and topics relating to STEM. The way that TVMSC has implemented this plan included hosting or participating in a series of in-building and outreach activities that draw attention to STEM fields for study, for college and for careers. TVMSC has done this through :
- TVMSC started a Student Leadership Team at the Center. These student leaders meet to plan and implement events, activities and services to promote STEM and to broaden opportunities for students who have an interest in taking a more active part in STEM-related activities. The TVMSC Leadership Team has been actively involved in locating community volunteer opportunities relating to STEM. The Team has also actively participated in outreach activities to promote STEM and to enrich students' appreciation of STEM topics and activities.
- TVMSC students and staff participating as facilitators and as day-long presenters at Boise State University's 'STEM Exploration Day' on February 7, 2015. TVMSC students and staff offered a series of interactive demonstrations and activities relating to mathematics and science topics. The funding provided by the Idaho Community Foundation's 'Statewide Education Philanthropic Gift Fund' supported TVMSC in the acquisition of equipment and materials that were used in these interactive demonstrations.
- TVMSC students made a series of visits to elementary schools throughout the District to promote STEM studies. TVMSC students offered science demonstrations and shared with the 6th grade elementary students about how interesting and fun it is to take math and science classes. The TVMSC students also shared with those students information on how to apply to TVMSC. As a result of these demonstrations and conversations at the school levels, TVMSC has already doubled the number of applicants being screened this spring over the numbers seen in recent years. Additionally, TVMSC has gained a more culturally diverse range of applicants participating in the screenings. (ethnic, gender and economic diversity)
- TVMSC 7th cohort students developed physics demonstrations and then traveled to the surrounding elementary schools to offer 'Physics Phun Days' where they shared their demonstrations and displays with the elementary students to promote an interest in physics and in science, in general. Equipment and materials for use in these demonstrations were acquired using donated funds from the Idaho Community Foundation's 'Statewide Education Philanthropic Gift Fund'.
- At the February and April Open House and Orientation Nights at TVMSC this spring, students from TVMSC's new Student Leadership Team planned, prepared and presented a series of interactive demonstrations in the cafeteria and in the TVMSC hallways during these events. The purpose was to show visiting students how interesting and exciting STEM topics can be. Included in these demonstrations were activities relating to mathematics and science. The funding provided by the Idaho Community Foundation's 'Statewide Education Philanthropic Gift Fund' supported TVMSC in the acquisition of equipment and materials that were used in these interactive demonstrations.
The generous support of the Treasure Valley Math and Science Center's efforts to raise awareness and appreciation for STEM fields has made possible a series of interesting and exciting opportunities for our community.
Posted Update March 2015
Micron Technology Foundation, Inc. donation for TVMSC!
As part of TVMSC's technology recycling drive, Micron Technology Foundation, Inc. and many of our TVMSC families generously donated items that resulted in TVMSC receiving a check for $2,783.00!
Micron Technology Foundation provided the school with several boxes of used technology to recycle! This donation provided an outstanding boost to this recycling/fund raising effort.
On behalf of all of the students and staff of TVMSC, we would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for this support for our school!
Every dollar brought into the school through these fund raising efforts goes to directly benefit our students!
Posted October 20, 2014
Idaho Lottery 'Scratch' Event
The Treasure Valley Mathematics and Science Center is very grateful to the Idaho Lottery 'Scratch' event for providing the TVMSC staff the opportunity to participate and scratch tickets. TVMSC's team won $557.00 in this event!
TVMSC is very appreciative of this opportunity to participate and win!
Posted November 2014
Boise Public Schools Education Foundation's donation for Team Tators Robotics!
The Treasure Valley Mathematics and Science Center is very grateful to the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation for their generous donation of $1,791.77 to the Center in support of Boise's FIRST Robotics team, Team Tators. This donation will support Team Tators by enabling the team to replace, repair and acquire equipment, materials and resources for student use in designing and building their robots for competition in FIRST Robotics events.
TVMSC's students and staff sincerely appreciate the continued support offered to the school by the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation!
Posted July 17, 2015
The Frandson family’s donation
Throughout the 2015 Spring semester, TVMSC's students and staff worked to prepare research proposals for submission to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). Student teams were able to submit research/experiment proposals and from these proposals three were moved forward for Step 2 review. Of these, one proposal on the 'Effect of Matrix Metalloproteinase-1 on Collagen Integrity in Microgravity' experiment designed and submitted by TVMSC students, Brynne Coulam and Catherine Ji has been selected as a finalist for the 'Student Space Flight Experiments Program' (SSEP) Mission 8 to the International Space Station from Boise, ID. The projected launch window for Mission-8 is currently set for late 2015.
Two additional teams of TVMSC student researchers designed and contributed experiments that were also selected for Step 2 Review. While these experiment proposals were not selected as finalists, their work was also impressive and worthy of recognition. ‘ SPACE: CONCRETE’S FINAL FRONTIER’ was the research proposal designed by student researchers, Daniel Frandson, Matt Ihling, Sarah Kessler, and Sabrina Zerrade. ‘Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Antibiotic Resistance in Microgravity and Radiation’ was the research proposal designed by student researcher Alyse Palsulich.
The Treasure Valley Math and Science Center of the Independent School District of Boise City is grateful for this amazing research opportunity for our students to contribute to and participate in. This has all been made possible thanks to a very generous $23,000 donation by a current TVMSC family. The Frandson family, Dan, Pattie, Daniel and Kristina heard that TVMSC's staff and students had an opportunity to become involved in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission 8, wherein students design and implement experiments that are sent to the International Space Station (ISS). The experiments are then conducted with the assistance of astronauts working on the ISS and then, 10 days later, are returned to Earth. The students' experiments are then returned to the students for comparison to control experiments conducted here at the school. The TVMSC staff had been pondering how to raise the necessary funds so that this could happen. The Frandson family generously donated these funds on behalf of Mrs. Frandson's father Jerry Gliksman, who has retired from an extremely rewarding Aerospace career. He truly serves as an inspiration for our students and his career accomplishments within the field of aerospace research provides as an inspiration into the exciting and rewarding college and career options available for our students.
"The Student Space Flight Experiments Program [or just “SSEP”] (http://ssep.ncesse.org) is undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE; http://ncesse.org) in partnership with Nanoracks, LLC. This on-orbit educational research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks, LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory."
Posted June, 2015
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