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44 classroom projects receive BEP Nissan minigrants

December 7, 2018

Rutherford County Schools

Students in Tammy Anselmo’s class at Brown’s Chapel Elementary School will soon benefit from a program called “Project Makerspace.”

“It’s based on the ‘makerspaces’ that are popping up all over the country where, basically, you have variation of supplies and the kids are encouraged to make something from the supplies that they have,” Anselmo said. “So I would give them a task — say they have to engineer a cup holder for an airplane seat — they would have to use whatever materials that are available to them in order to make the best design.”

For Anselmo’s proposed project — which will be used by her fourth-graders and an after-school club — she was awarded a $500 minigrant from the Nissan and the Rutherford County Business Education Partnership.

Her project was one of 44 that received similar minigrants from the program. Teachers with Rutherford County Schools and Murfreesboro City Schools must apply for the grants, and awards are announced each semester. 

The fall 2018 grant recipients were announced today at the Stones River Country Club as part of a celebratory breakfast. Representatives from both Nissan and BEP were on hand to congratulate the teachers and encourage their classroom efforts. 

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Nissan mini-grant program. 

The following projects have been awarded mini-grants for fall 2018:



Fall 2018 BEP Nissan Minigrant Awards


Name of Grant



I Wonder

Barfield Elementary School

Sheila Berry

Coding with Drones...Inspiring to new Heights

Blackman Elementary School

Herman Nelson

Bridges to the Future

Blackman High School

Gayle Dawson

Cup of Conversation

Bradley Academy

Dr. Lori  Housley

Project Makerspace

Brown's Chapel Elementary

Tammy Anselmo

R is for Robots!

Buchanan Elementary School

Kathy Paul

Osmos for Kindergarten

Cedar Grove Elementary School

Holly Harwood, Sarah Patterson

Problem Solving and Storytelling

Cedar Grove Elementary School

Kimberly Glover

SaaaWEET! Before you eat-check the sweet(amount)!

Central Magnet School

Eve Harrison, Susan Gates

Hyped up on Energy: Incorporating
3 D instruction in science

Central Magnet School

Lauren Lane

Pine "Would" You CAD?

Central Magnet School

Scarlett Murphy

Engineering a Calculus Revolution

Central Magnet School

Scarlett Murphy, Kyle Prince,
Angelyn Pigg

Building the Wright Way

Christiana Elementary School

Amanda Amirault

To STEMfinity and Beyond

Christiana Elementary School

Rachel Prater, Amanda Neitzke,
Lindsey McElhiney, Brittany Bounlisavong,
Kristin Nugent, Megan Uptain

Moving to the Edge with Makerspace

Christiana Elementary School

Stefanie Edgell, Wendy Hambrock,
James Steiner

We don't need another hero, Students need SPHERO!

Christiana Middle School

Dawn Powell, Valorie Bonds

Get Tangy Together

David Youree Elementary

Jeania Smith

Letting Coding Take Root

Discovery School

Elizabeth Shepherd

Building Blocks of Story Development

Eagleville School

Leslie Trail

Tower Power: Aeroponic Classroom Gardening

Homer Pittard Campus School

Amy Perry

If You Build It, They Will come

John Pittard Elementary

Debbie Hickerson

The Art of Science

John Pittard Elementary

Debbie Hickerson

Sphero Heroes

Kittrell Elementary

Jo Lyn McWhorter

Mr. Roboto

Kittrell Elementary

Melissa Kincaid

Ballooning Buoyancy

La Vergne High School

Garry Gannon

High School Rocket Science

La Vergne High School

Garry Gannon

LLE STEM Vehicles

LaVergne Lake Elementary

Chelsea McDonald, Tanya Stephens

Chick' Out This Grant Proposal!

LaVergne Lake Elementary

Rebecca Kramer

Educational Breakout!

Mitchell Neilson Schools

Anita Morton

Small Scale Thermochemical Experimentation

Oakland High School

Alice Brank

I'm in the Mood for Rube!

Overall Creek Elementary

Felicia Jackson

Cue the Robots

Rockvale Middle School

Carol A Parker

Classroom Transformations

Roy Waldron School

Holly Edwards

Stem Cells Go to College

Siegel High School

Christina Hurt

Stamping Out the STEAM Process in Art

Siegel Middle School

Amy Gray

"Frozen Hover Board"

Siegel Middle School

Brett Wainz

The Joy of Modified Toys

Siegel Middle School

Katie Harris

So You Want to Be an Inventor

Smyrna Elementary School

Heidi Redmon

Raise Grades With Raised Bed

Stewarts Creek Elementary

Marie Loyacano

Leave it to Beaver Engineering

Stewarts Creek Elementary

Melanie Strickland


Stewarts Creek High School

Amy Olt, Gina Stewart

Mary, Mary quite contrary,
how did you say your garden grows?"
Biodiversity and Hydroponics