Indian Prairie Educational Foundation

$53,141

Through a $53,141 grant, the Dunham Fund will help expand makerspaces in all 21 District 204 elementary schools and the preschool. These spaces will continue to help Aurora students stay on the forefront of education, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Makerspaces are collaborative and creative areas inside schools that are used to help stimulate creativity, learning, productivity, and innovation. These spaces open students up to new experiences and skills by shifting instruction to include critical thinking, creativity, complex problem solving, and cognitive flexibility. Makerspaces in District 204 elementary schools introduce computer coding principles, offer mentoring programs for students, and are open throughout the summer for students to continue learning.

The Dunham Fund is proud to support the expansion of maskerspaces throughout Indian Prairie School District 204 to serve 28,000 students.