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Foundation Grant History

2016-2017 School Year:

Date Grant Amount Description
July 2016 Chemistry Conference $270 Ms. Hart attended the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Colorado.
August 2016 Chemical Storage Cabinets $2,500 The Foundation bought new chemical storage cabinets for Blair.
October 2016 Computer Science Day $440 The Foundation purchased arduino starter kits for Computer Science Day.
October 2016 Band Saw     $1,200 The Foundation purchased a new band saw for R&E.
October 2016 Science Olympiad $300 The Foundation provided an additional $300 in funding to cover expenses for the Science Olympiad team.
November 2016 Materials Science Conference $550 Mr. Kaluta attended a materials science conference at Georgia Tech.
December 2016 Zebrafish $350 The Foundation purchased BioEYES Zebrafish for Genetics.
January 2017 MakerSpace $785 The Foundation paid for Ms. Lamphier to attend the Making for Educators conference in Baltimore, which included a starter maker kit for the MakerSpace in the Blair Media Center
February 2017 Chesapeake Bay Bowl $900 The Foundation paid the registration fees and covered expenses for the chaperones to take students to the Chesapeake Bay Bowl at the University of Delaware, where Blair's team won first place.

2015-2016 School Year:

Date Grant Amount Description
July 2015 Mu Alpha Theta Convention $625 The Foundation paid the expenses for Mr. Stein to attend the Mu Alpha Theta National Convention as a chaperone.  The Moody's Foundation paid for the team's registration based on Blair's performance in the Mega Math Challenge.
August 2015 Magnet Picnic/Reunion $885 The Foundation paid the rental fees for the Magnet Picnic/Reunion, which were offset by certain registration fees.
November 2015 NCSSS Conference  $1,300 The Foundation paid the travel and registration fees for Ms. Bosse and Ms. Duval to present at the 2015 NCSSS Professional Conference in New York City.
December 2015 VoiceBase $140 The Foundation paid for the transcription of classroom videos for deaf and hard of hearing Magnet students.
December 2015 Minitab  $960 Licenses to Minitab statistical software
December 2015 Science Olympiad  $450 Registration fee for the Maryland Science Olympiad
January 2016 Video Recording  $650  The Foundation purchased $650 of video equipment for Magnet computer science.
January 2016 TASS $1,000  The Foundation covered certain expenses for a trip to Fermilab in Chicago with students from Finland.  
January 2016 MagPi $430 The Foundation covered costs for chaperones for the annual MagPi bowling event.
April 2016Cybersecurity Competition$130The Foundation covered expenses for the angstromCTF competition organized by the Cybersecurity Club.
May 2016 ACSL All-Star Team $2,500 The Foundation paid for two chaperones to take ten students to the American Computer Science League All-Star Contest in North Carolina. 
June 2016 ARML Team $2,000 The Foundation paid the registration fees for Montgomery County's five teams in the American Regions Mathematics League Competition in State College, PA, where they finished in 6th place nationally (Art of Problem Solving).

2014-2015 School Year:

DateGrantAmountDescription
August 2014Pencil Boxes$2,800 The Foundation purchased pencil box digital logic trainers and wire kits for 9th grade computer science.
October 2014Video Camera $340The Foundation approved the purchase of a digital video camera to allow teachers to record their lectures.
October 2014Camtasia $180 The Foundation purchased an academic license to Camtasia Studio Software to allow teachers to post their lectures online.
February 2015Ocean Science Bowl$450The Foundation paid the registration fee for two teams to participate in the Chesapeake Bay Bowl.
March 20153-D Printer$800The Foundation covered the cost of an upgrade for the FormOne 3-D printer used in the R&E lab.
March 2015LabQuest $4,200 The Foundation purchased Vernier LabQuest devices and software used for the Chemistry R&E project.
March 2015MagPi$380The Foundation covered costs for chaperones for the annual MagPi bowling event.
April 2015Robotics Team$2,000 MCPS charged the Robotics Team for use of the Blair facilities after hours. 
April 2015Zebrafish$320The Foundation purchased BioEYES Zebrafish from Johns Hopkins for a genetics lab 
April 2015Algorithms Books$400 The Foundation purchased a set of "Beginning Algorithms" books for Computer Science
May 2015Math Team$500The Foundation funded the Math Team's Middle School Math Tournament held at Blair
May 2015After-Prom$500The Foundation supported the PTSA's fundraising efforts for After-Prom 
May 2015ACSL All-Star Team$2,200The Foundation paid for two chaperones to take ten students to the American Computer Science League All-Star Contest in Orlando, FL. 
June 2015ARML Team$2,000The Foundation paid the registration fees for Montgomery County's five teams in the American Regions Mathematics League Competition in State College, PA.
June 2015R&E Equipment $2,300 The Foundation purchased a belt sander, disc sander, and band saw for the R&E lab.

    2013-2014 School Year:
    • National Association of Biology Teachers Conference

    • The Foundation paid the $175 registration fee for Blair to send a representative to the annual National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Conference.  Ms. Duval attended the conference on November 20-23 in Atlanta, Georgia.  

    • "Cycles of Life" DVD Series

    • The Foundation purchased new copies of the DVD series "Cycles of Life: Exploring Biology," which are used in Magnet Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology and Cell Physiology, as well as other classes in the Blair Science Department.  The full set of DVDs cost $750.

    • MagPi Bowling

    • The Foundation contributed $500 to help subsidize the costs for a MagPi bowling event with Magnet freshmen and upperclass mentors.  See photos on Flickr!

    • Physics Olympiad Testing

    • The Foundation provided $100 to pay the registration fees for the American Association of Physics Teachers exam to qualify for the U.S. Physics Team.  Alexander Bourzutschky '14 and Michael Winer '15 were named as members of the 2014 U.S. Physics Team, and they traveled to Kazahstan where they won silver medals at the International Physics Olympiad.

    • Matlab Software

    • The Foundation paid $1,410 for licenses to Matlab Software used in Magnet math and computer science classes.

    • Exchange Program at CERN

    • The Foundation provided $2,640 for chaperone costs and housing for an exchange program that took Mr. Schafer and four Magnet students to CERN in Switzerland for a week.  The students created a blog documenting their trip.
    • X-STEM Conference

    • The Foundation provided $400 to pay for bus transportation for a group of students to attend the X-STEM Conference in Washington, DC, with science teachers Megan Hart, Eric Prange and John Haigh III.
    • ACSL All-Stars

    • The Foundation provided $1,875 for the Computer Team to travel and compete in the ACSL All-Star Competition in Cherry Creek, CO.
    • Montgomery County ARML Team

    • The Foundation provided $2,000 to pay the registration fees for Montgomery County's 5 teams at ARML 2014. Dennis Zhao '15 had one of twelve perfect individual scores in the nation.
    • Blair After-Prom

    • The Foundation contributed $500 to the Blair PTSA's 2014 After-Prom budget.
    • XSEDE Conference

    • The Foundation provided $3,000 to cover travel expenses for parent chaperones to accompany students to the 2014 XSEDE Conference in Atlanta, GA.  The students competed against college-level teams and won the Student Modeling and Simulation Challenge.
    2012-2013 School Year:
    • Magnet Picnic

    • The Foundation provided $300 to help rent a pavilion at for the Magnet Picnic at the beginning of the school year.

    • Organic Chemistry Books

    • Ms. Hart purchased a set of additional books for her Organic Chemistry course, Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History, and the Foundation reimbursed her for $400.

    • Magnet Magnet Design Competition

    • The Foundation provided a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate for Annie Dunn, who designed a new Magnet logo.

    • Quiz Bowl National Championship

    • The Foundation provided $1,000 to cover travel and lodging expenses for Mr. Schafer and to subsidize costs for the Blair Academic Team to compete at the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia.  Blair's team finished in fifth place, and the members of the team were Thomas Gaddy, Adam Kadir, Ian Ozeroff, and Sam Zbarsky.

    • Montgomery County ARML Team

    • The Foundation provided $2,000 to pay the registration fees for Montgomery County's 5 ARML teams; the A team finished in 7th place in the nation in Mr. Walstein's last year coaching the team.

    • NCSSSMST Conference 

    • The Foundation provided $2,100 for registration, lodging and chaperone expenses for the NCSSSMST Student Research Conference in Grinnell, Iowa.

    • ACSL All-Stars

    • The Foundation provided $2,000 to cover a rental van, lodging, and chaperone expenses for two teams of students to attend the ACSL All-Star Competition in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The Senior Division Team won first place, and the members of the team were Jason Hyun, Kiyoon Ko, Eric Neyman, Scott Wu, and Victor Xu.

    • Blair After-Prom

    • The Foundation contributed $500 to the Blair PTSA's After-Prom budget.
    2011-2012 School Year:
    • Organic Chemistry Supplies

    • Ms. Dieckman began teaching a new Organic Chemistry course in fall 2011. This was one of three new Magnet electives offered in 2011-12 (described in the Magnet Foundation Newsletter), but MCPS funds were not sufficient to purchase all of the necessary equipment. The Foundation provided approximately $2,000 in funding to cover the cost of new textbooks and supplies. The PTSA also provided funding to help start this course.

    • Statistics Software

    • The Magnet Foundation provided $440 for Mr. Stein to purchase software for his Applied Statistics and Sports Statistics classes.

    • Power supplies for computer servers

    • The Magnet Foundation provided $425 for the Blair sysops to purchase uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) units for Blair's servers.  The PTSA also helped to fund these UPS units.

    • Entomology Cabinets

    • Ms. Duval began teaching a new Entomology class in fall 2011, and the Magnet Foundation provided $500 to purchase cabinets.

    • Quiz Bowl Team

    • The Magnet Foundation provided $1,000 for the Quiz Bowl team to attend the PACE Scholastic Championship in St. Louis, MO, where the team won 8 of their 13 matches and finished fourth in their group.

    • Montgomery County ARML Team

    • The Magnet Foundation provided $2,000 to pay the registration fees for Montgomery County's 5 ARML teams; the A team finished in 9th place in the nation, and Mr. Walstein was awarded the Samuel L. Greitzer Distinguished Coach Award.

    • NCSSSMST Conference

    • The Magnet Foundation provided $2,025 to help 2 teachers bring 5 students to the NCSSSMST Student Research Conference at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

    • ACSL All-Star Team

    • The Magnet Foundation provided $2,173 to help 2 teachers bring 15 students to the ACSL All-Star Competition in West Chester, PA, where Blair's three teams each finished in the top ten in their divisions.
    2010-2011 School Year:

    Date Grant Amount Description
    March 2011 MagPi $1,000 The Foundation covered about half the cost of a MagPi bowling event.
    May 2011 ACSL All-Star Team $3,000 The Foundation paid for the rental of two vans, hotel rooms, and expenses for two chaperones to take tend students to the American Computer Science League All-Star Contest in North Haven, CT. 
    June 2011 ARML Team $3,000 The Foundation paid the registration fees and covered other costs for Montgomery County's five teams in the American Regions Mathematics League Competition in State College, PA.

    2009-2010 School Year:

    Date Grant Amount Description
    November 2009 SC09 Conference $2,000 The Foundation covered the expenses of one chaperone and helped to cover certain expenses for six students to attend the SC09 Conference in Portland, Oregon, where the students tied for first place in the Student Programming Competition.
    May 2010 ACSL All-Star Team $1,500 The Foundation funded the rental of two vans, hotel rooms, and expenses for ten students and two chaperones to participate in the American Computer Science League All-Star Contest in Reading, PA.
    June 2010  ARML Team $2,000 The Foundation paid the registration fees for Montgomery County's five teams for the American Regions Mathematics League Competition in State College, PA.
      2008-2009 School Year:

      Date Grant Amount Description
      January 2009 Physics Olympiad Exam $220  32 Blair students took the exam to qualify for the United States Physics Team.  The Foundation paid their registration fees.
      May 2009 Envirothon $600 The Foundation paid the registration fees for twelve teams to compete in the Montgomery County Envirothon.
      May 2009 ACSL All-Star Team $2,000 The Foundation paid the hotel expenses for the ten students at the American Computer Science League All-Star Competition in Madison, Alabama, and the full travel expenses for chaperones Mary Ann Dvorsky and Tran Pham. The senior team won first place, and the freshman team won third place.
      June 2009 ARML Team $1,000 The Foundation provided $1,000 in funding to help pay for room and board and bus transportation for the American Regions Mathematics League Competition in State College, PA, where the A team finished in fifth place nationally.  Alumnus Wei-Hwa Huang '93 also made a separate private donation to support the ARML team