New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education


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Grants & Awards

NYSCATE is honored to recognize key leaders in New York State.

In alignment with our mission statement, NYSCATE awards over $10,000 in grants annually to innovative ideas from our members and their classrooms. Grant Applications are now complete for 2018. All grant applications for 2019 are due prior to April 30, 2019.

  • 2018 Grant & Award Winners
    Grant Winners
    STEAM in the Primary Classroom 
    MaryBeth Diggins  Hamburg Central Schools 

    First grade students use multiple STEAM resources to engage in hands-on learning that requires them to think outside of the box with coding, robotics and critical thinking skills.   

    Build Class: Teachers and Students Build a 3D Printer and a Learning Community 
    Caitlin McCabe  Oak Grove Elementary School Wappingers Central School District 

    Three teams of 6th grade teachers and students interdependently learn together while building a 3D printer and design objects that will support inquiry-based learning in their science class. 

    Make Storytelling a Cinch with a Robotic Finch!
    Jessica Kearns Pearl River Middle School

    Instructional Technology coaches work with teachers to explore how the Finch Robot can be integrated into literacy instruction on the elementary school level.  

    Can We Fix it? Yes We Can!
    Sheri McNair James I. O'Neill High School, Highland Falls/Ft. Montgomery CSD

    A team of students investigate local, state, national and global issues and together use appropriate technologies to seek out resources and build a working prototype solving the problem chosen.

    Using DNA barcoding to identify the fish of Silver Lake
    Todd Shuskey Perry High School

    Students test for the presence of species specific eDNA using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines and gel electrophoresis.

    Coding with Robotics
    Cassandra Horton  Wappingers Central School District 

    Seeks to add Cubelets, robotic blocks that when put together make different robots and Sphero robots to challenge students as they develop their coding skills.  

    Everyone Can Code 
    Amy Balling Lancaster Central High School

    This grant supports Lancaster High School students as they learn coding using, two Mimetics Jade robots and an iPad Pro to create apps using Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum.  

    Rap Composition 
    Dominick DImperio  Oneonta City School District 

    Elementary school students use iPads and Garageband engage in musical composition by creating and layering loops for a backing-track to rap lyrics. 

    Student investigations in Thermal energy and Force through STEAM integration 
    Joseph D'Amato  Depew UFSD 

    Students use a thermal camera, IPad, infrared thermometers, force plates, and interfaces for inquiry-based activities which focus on thermal energy and Newton's third Law.  

    Award Winners
    Outstanding Leader
    Mark Bennet  Potsdam Central School District

    Through his organization, determination, and drive, Mr. Bennett has been instrumental in helping The Postdam Central School District realize its Technology Vision.  As Potsdam High School Principal and Chair of the District Technology Committee, he has led the development of a three-year District Technology Plan to identify and support the instructional applications of technology; provided leadership in the overhaul of his district’s technology infrastructure; supervised the implementation of a district-wide Digital Citizenship Curriculum; created a parent guide, student handbook, user agreement, and self-insurance plan for the 1:1 program, and developed a comprehensive professional development plan to support instructional staff through this transformation.  

    Mr. Bennett works hard to achieve the mission of NYSCATE by leading his building and the district in the integration of technology in the teaching and learning process.  In April 2016 and March 2018, his school district, in collaboration with NYSCATE, hosted Google Summits.  As middle school principal he helped establish the first MakerSpace in the district, in collaboration with the library teacher assistant. He helped author both a NYSCATE and a Corning, Inc. grant to purchase 3D printers for the space and organized a “materials” drive so that the MakerSpace could be stocked with necessary supplies. As high school principal, he has worked to advance our district’s initiation into the world of online learning.  Recognizing that his students need expanded learning opportunities, Mr. Bennett has been a fierce advocate for the creation of online learning. During the summer of 2017, he created the first online credit recovery program in St. Lawrence County, and has been working to establish partnerships with local colleges to offer students low or no-cost online courses.  

     The strongest evidence of Mr. Bennett’s long-range technology planning process can be found in the three-year District Technology Plan. This comprehensive plan was identified as a model plan by NERIC and is truly a living document that the District Technology Committee uses to guide its work.    

    Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
    Andrew Nikola

    Andrew Nikola’s students are becoming lifelong learners with powerful 21st-century skills.  Each day he works to ensure that his first graders are confident in their ability to use technology, achieve new skills and eventually live productive lives.  These opportunities build students’ confidence and capacity in their learning through implementation of technology.  His hard work and diligence provide a technology rich environment for his students. He uses age appropriate learning management systems to bridge the school-to-home connection and provide high quality feedback for his students.    

    Andrew’s approach to technology integration works with students who struggle, by particularly helping families provide review time with their learner at home.  Students can discuss learning experiences at home each day, increasing confidence in their ability to learn and eagerness to yearn for more opportunities. Every parent sees and can track their child’s progress which also allows each student to have an audience.  Students are enthusiastic to record and explain their learning through a variety of ways such as videos, drawings, voice recordings and more.  

    Andrew’s combined passion for technology and teaching is not limited to working with his students, and he is always willing to ensure they have the best tools and resources available to transform their learning .  He received a grant in 2016 from NYSCATE to create a Mini-Makerspace in his classroom, and has secured over $10,000 to fund STEM, technology and Makerspace projects that directly benefit his students.  These resources empower his students to think critically and work collaboratively as they prepare for 21st-century learning.  Andrew also involves the entire school community as he designed and planned the second annual, Family Code Night at his school. 

  • 2017 Grant & Award Winners
    Grant Winners
    Lights! Camera! Stop!
    Scott Reichert Anna S. Kuhl School

    VR Digital Storytelling
    Marc hunt Erie 1 BOCES

    It Takes a Village - 3D Printing
    Benjamin Rudd Village Elementary School, Hilton, NY

    3d Printing Cuts Across the Curriculum
    Claudia abate Westlake High School, Mt. Pleasant Central School

    Creative Technologies in the Classroom
    Stefani Trapani Highland High School

    Creating Connections: Cultural Exploration to Digital Development
    Ryan Bane Hamilton Central School District

    Mini Projectors for Multiple points of projection
    Timothy Dawkins South Glens Falls School district

    Programming Autonomous Robotic Control
    Bryan Van Vliet Saugerties Central School District

    Award Winners
    Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
    Marvin Cadornigara New Explorations in Science, Technology and Math

    In 2004, Marvin Cadornigara moved from the Philippines to New York City to teach in the city’s public schools. He integrated the use of information and communication technologies in his middle school Science classes in order to achieve both new literacies and scientific inquiry skills. He also used social media as platform for lesson and classroom interactions. Students in his Science class investigated ecological ecosystems and biological microsystems and presented their finding using various communication and presentation technologies. They also gathered, analyzed, and synthesized authentic data from various cyber databases and presented them as projects in class. Since 2010, he has conducted 18 workshops on digital literacy and cyber-enabled learning at local, state, and national teacher workshops and conferences. In 2015, he was invited resource speaker during the first National Digital Educators’ Summit in Manila, Philippines.

    Outstanding Technology Leader
    Rocco Varuolo Westbury Central Schools

    Rocco has supported teachers by providing PD that fosters the use of technology integration for effective and efficient work days. He has supported building the libraries’ makerspaces and incorporating STEAM. At the elementary level, he has facilitated the teaching of Dash and Dot, Makey Makey, and Livestreaming events and morning announcements. Across the district, Rocco has provided PD so staff are able to use, upload and navigate the new evaluation system. Rocco uses the budget he is allocated to support technology resources for the classroom, as well as seeks funding from grant writing to support and improve the district and all its initiatives.

    Rocco Varuolo is an amazing leader who worked relentlessly to make Greenburgh CSD a world class school district. He build partnerships, engages families, supports district initiatives all while having a futuristic vision for advancing teaching and learning by integrating technology. Now, in his new role at Westbury CSD he looks to accomplish similar goals.

    Outstanding New York State Superintendent
    DR. RICHARD HUGHES, SUPERINTENDENT Central Valley School District

  • 2016 Grant & Award Winners
    Award Winners
    Outstanding New York State Superintendent
    Robert Horan, Superintendent Schodack Central School District

    Outstanding New York State Education Technology Leader
    Shelly O'Boyle Southwestern Central School District

    Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
    Michael Drezek Lake Shore Central School District

    Grant Winners
    Explore IOT with Pi: Using Raspberry Pi and GrovePi kits to Invent for the Internet of Things
    Jeff Wekar and Marcy Fountain Indian River School District, Philadelphia, NY

    Elementary Robotics, Coding and Playing with Sphero SPRK
    Mary Anne Milano Voorheesville Elementary School, Voorheesville, NY

    Monkey Bot Sparks Ideas
    Tammy Cummings Center for Instructional Technology, Mexico, NY

    Going Green with a Food Computer—A Project with MIT OpenAg Initiative
    Jennifer Hessletine Malone CSD, Malone, NY

    Supporting STEAM with 3d Scanning and Printing
    Corey Flynn Potsdam CSD, Potsdam, NY

    Working Collaboratively to Create, Invent, Tinker and Share
    Andrew Nikola Wappingers Central School, Poughkeepsie, NY

    Computers: Learn What They Can Do From the Inside Out
    Julia Hannibal William Floyd CSD, Moriches, NY

  • 2015 Grant & Award Winners
    Award Winners
    Outstanding New York State Education Technology Leader
    Darlene Rowsam, Technology Coordinator Copenhagen Central School District

    Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
    Kristina Holzweiss Bay Shore Middle School

    Outstanding New York State Superintendent
    Dr. Paul Alioto, Superintendent Dansville Central School District

    Grant Winners
    Take a Bite Out of Pi: Using Raspberry Pi Kits to Teach Students Computer Coding
    Jeff Wekar and Marcy Fountain Philadelphia, NY

    Computer Coding and World Languages
    Maria Mullbauer Yorkshire, NY

    Young Global Citizens use STEM Rockets to Aid Nations in Crisis
    Ellen Harp Brighton, NY

    Empowering At-Risk Students in a Blended Learning Lab
    Cassandra Horton Wappingers Central School

    Enhancing Student Learning with iPads
    Amanda Pacanowski Fredonia CSD

  • 2014 Grant & Award Winners
    Grant Winners
    iPad Partner Power
    Jennifer Kibler Parkdale Elementary

    Hands-on Healthy Learning Using iPads and Apple TV
    Joanne Lotter Fredonia, CSD

    Connecting DIY and Literacy
    Megan Cernaro Palermo Elementary

    Physics with Video Analysis
    Jeff Salerno Lakeshore CSD

    3rd Grade Chromebook Pilot
    Aaron Pascucci Urban Choice Charter School

    The Portable Math and Science Lab - Chromebooks and Vernier Labquest 2
    Jesse Fitzgerald Niskayuna CSD

    Award Winners
    Outstanding Superintendent Award
    Scott Connell Copenhagen Central School District

    Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
    Mary Howard Grand Island CSD

    Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
    Christopher Kauter Deer Park UFSD

    Outstanding NYS Leader Award
    Janelle Rinker Dansville Central School District

  • 2013 Grant & Award Winners
    Award Winners
    Outstanding New York State Technology Leader Award
    Andrew Wheelock Erie 1 BOCES

    Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
    Marc Hunt Erie 1 BOCES

    Grant Winners
    Using iPads with struggling readers to improve reading fluency and comprehension
    Lucia Guarnieri Gustavus Adolphus Learning Center

    Game-Based Learning in the Classroom
    Jeffrey Clark Cheektowaga Sloan UFSD

    Movin' Your Bod with the iPod
    Laurel Chiesa Fayetteville-Manlius CSD

    Growing Readers with a Healthy Mix of Daily 5, Cafe and iPads
    Nedra Isenberg Holland Patent CSD

    Google Chromebook Flipped Classroom Becomes a History Lab
    Ronald Kotlik Clarence CSD

  • 2012 Grant & Award Winners
    Award Winners
    Outstanding New York State Technology Leader Award
    Jeremy Luft Ossining CSD

    Grant Winners
    Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
    Gabriel Ackert Goshen CSD

    "RED" Hot Technology in the Science Classroom
    Padraic McCarthy Port Jervis CSD

    Authentic Scientific Experiences in the Middle School Classroom
    Kristen Howlett & Julianne Chamberlin Clarence CSD

    Enhancing Student Collaboration and Communication with Mobile Projection Technology Using Apple TV & iPads
    Laura Graceffa Poughkeepsie Day School

    Intercontinental Arguements - The Just War Ning
    Nicholas Lawrence East Bronx Academy for the Future