Newton's Attic will work to:
In 1998, Bill Cloyd founded Newton’s Attic, Incorporated. Prior to becoming a self-employed mechanical engineer, Mr. Cloyd taught high school math and physics, an experience that exposed him to the glaring need science and math teachers have for resources to make their classes more appealing. This teaching experience inspired him to create Newton's Attic. For the last 14 years, we have provided educational resources and services to schools, teachers, parents and children. These services consist of teacher training, classroom resources, summer camps and after school programs.
Throughout its existence,Newton’s Attic has participated in educationally themed events with organizations in Lexington. These events include U.K. College of Engineering Open House, The Explorium’s ‘Museum Go Round,’ the Kentucky American Water Annual Science Fair, fundraisers for other organizations, and numerous school events. At all of these events,Newton's Attic has been met with enthusiastic crowds waiting in long lines to participate in the exhibits.
For the past decade,Newton's Attic has hosted many student interns though a program conducted by Fayette County Public Schools. This program, known as Experienced Based Career Education, allows students to job shadow companies of their choice for a period of six weeks. Many students interested in careers in science and engineering have chosen internships at Newton's Attic where they get extensive hands-on experience. Upon leaving, many interns have commented that their time at Newton's Attic was the best experience of all the companies they visited.
Since the summer of 2009,Newton's Attic has conducted a series of summer day camps in which students learn to design and fabricate mechanical devices. Students spend about 7 to 8 hours each day learning to use tools and working with raw materials such as metal and wood. The camps have tripled in attendance from 2010 to 2011.
Most recently,Newton’s Attic moved to a 13,000 square foot facility located on 5 acres. Here, the organization can serve thousands of students through its summer camps, school field trips and after school programs, as well a conduct intensive professional development for dozens of teachers.
After four years in our new facility, we continue to set records each season. In 2015, we served 45% more students with 1,130 summer camp registrations including over 700 unique students and hosted hundreds more in dozens of programs and special events. Our 2016 season is currently out-stripping 2015 by 57%. Field trips hosted at Newton’s Attic during the school year and demand for our outreach activities increased significantly and expanded to areas beyond Central Kentucky.
We are again offering a record number of courses with 32 unique classes for ages 5 to 17. This growth reflects an increase in our instructor base, an expansion of physical capacity from a $25,000 grant from Messer Construction to create the “Messer Multipurpose Room” and the development of additional technical expertise.
We also received two foundation grants from LG&E/ KU and the Raymond Foundation, allowing us to execute a pilot program with 20 boys from the Carter G. Woodson Academy in early 2016. According to all involved, the program was a huge success, and we plan to duplicate this remarkable program.
Finally, in 2015, we successfully founded our endowment fund, held at the Bluegrass Community Foundation. In addition to the $15,000 of endowment prize money through the 2015 GoodGiving Guide Challenge, we successfully raised an additional $12,000 for our endowment for a total of $27,000 for our new fund.
Growing our endowment for the long term health of organization
Developing subscription based video instruction for science/math teachers in the and a subscription based science learning/ play kit for children and families
Expanding into the Louisville market through our partnership with the University of Louisville for their 2016 summer camp season during which Newton’s Attic will provide eight unique classes over a five week period.
Our top needs are as follows:
1. Financial resources to expand our facility and support infrastructure. This includes improvement to and expansion of our existing building, materials to create additional educational resources, material handling equipment and tools. Cost: $500,000.
2. Tools and accessories for the wood and machine shop. This includes items such as a table saw($2800), band saw($1200), sheet metal working equipment($4000), work surfaces($1500) and cabinetry($2500).
I founded Newton's Attic 17 years ago because of a passionate love of science and engineering. Having grown up in a supportive environment that nurtured my imagination and creativity, I came to understand and deeply value the importance of this environment to my education, understanding of the physical world and the development of essential life skills. This environment consisted of three key components. The first component was a combination of an access to tools, the knowledge to use them effectively, and the space to engage in hands on activities. I spent countless hours designing and building all sorts of contraptions, devices and constructs that were used for entertainment and utility. Not everything I built worked, but in both success and failure there is valuable learning. The second component was guidance from knowledgeable individuals who taught me how to use the tools, how to create simple mechanical devices and how to apply basic physical laws to the functioning of these mechanical systems. I grew up around engineers, teachers and artists, all of whom contributed to my development. The third component was the freedom to create that which I desired. No one tried to stop me from exploring my imagination by preventing me from building the things that interested me.
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