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MINI GRANT TESTIMONIAL FROM DR. BLAHA:
Two years ago you granted us the funds to purchase a shaking incubator. I just want to share with you how useful this has been to all the research classes. Aside from being used to grow bacterial colonies for the past two years (its original intended purpose), yesterday one of my students is using it to conduct an experiment to turn old newspapers to glucose (and eventually turn it to ethanol). The process requires holding the reaction with stirring at 50 degrees C and the incushaker accomplishes this easily! Another student is studying how a species of fungus can eat up plastic, and again, this process needs a constant temperature with shaking and he was able to do so easily with the incushaker. (and it worked!).
Holding a reaction at a constant temperature with stirring was not possible for us prior to this!
We are finding lots of ways to use the incushaker (other than its original intended purpose). We are a high school and gaining an incushaker allows us to perform experiments at the college level. An incushaker is not normally found in a high school but it is extremely useful because it allows processes to be done at a correct constant temperature with agitation for prolonged periods and gives us the ability to conduct our experiments at a higher level.
Thank you for your support.
I attached a picture of the incushaker in action!
Dr. Josephine Blaha
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Thank you for your support of the mini grant program.
Each year HFEE supports a major project to enhance the educational experience of Holmdel students. We are thrilled to have gifted the new playground at Village School.
Play is such an integral part of the social and emotional development of our youngest learners. A new state of the art playground is a major upgrade to the playgrounds currently on-site and will be enjoyed by Village students for many years to come.
You can help maintain the stature of Holmdel Schools!
We need your support! You can help HFEE provide opportunities that the school budget is unable to cover. We do this by providing grants that enhance the educational experience for students to prepare them to meet the challenges of a highly competitive 21st century global economy.
The 2017/18 year was a great year for helping the school system, thanks to local parents and businesses. Our HFEE spring gala was the biggest yet, and we had a successful 5K run, poker tournament and Battle of the Faculties (The High School pulled off a shock victory!). These events and the annual giving donations have helped us fund two science labs, and a cardiovascular fitness and wellness center. These spaces opened early in the 2018/19 school year and are used daily by our Indian Hill, Satz and High School students. We also funded multiple student and teacher mini-grants across all of the schools.
How can you get involved?
Please make a fully tax-deductible donation to the HFEE on the donate page. Any level of support is greatly appreciated! Also, sign up early for events like the Gala, Poker Night and Battle of the Faculties – these were over-subscribed last year.
Want to learn more?
For more information on recent projects and mini-grants, please check out the website and also our HFEE YouTube channel. The videos and music were created for the HFEE by Holmdel High School students.