The SSEF’s first three proposed grants were accepted by the Board of Education at its meeting on October 7, 2013. These projects, totaling $90,000, provided funds for expanding MakerSpace in all five elementary schools, increasing the use of Gaming and Simulations as part of the Middle School curriculum, and launching a new program at the high school, HackScarsdale, to enable students to do introductory programming, computer design, and Web development. Although the District developed these projects, they could not be funded via the budget without triggering further cutbacks in core services. All three projects were launched in the 2013-14 school year and have successfully expanded the resources available to our teachers and students.
The Foundation has also raised $2.25 million to build a Design Lab and Fitness Center construction at Scarsdale High School. Most recently, in the fall of 2017, the Foundation awarded a grant of $15,000 for a new Student Entrepreneurship course that will aid in curriculum development for the three-year pre-engineering sequence that will be housed in the new Design Lab.