Annual Fund Annual Report 2018/19
The Annual Fund had its most successful year ever, with over CHF 228,000 raised to benefit STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) educational projects across the school. Thanks to the successful participation challenge, we also had one of the highest participation rates to date (32.5%) with hundreds of parents, faculty and staff and ZIS community members contributing!
Some of the Annual Fund 2018/19 accomplishments:
- All Annual Fund planned projects were funded: 23 different projects on all 4 campuses and throughout the ZIS community (see following), with additional funds available to support STEAM offerings in 2019/20.
- 1,360 students impacted
- 7 alumni networking events supported, with total attendance of 178
Average donation was CHF 673
We are grateful to all of our generous donors. View the list of 2018/19 donors.
The school and the Annual Fund offer fantastic programs that enrich our children's education.
I believe strongly in the programs the Annual Fund supports.
STEAM Saturday workshops helped students gain technical knowledge and skills, while also developing a sense of community. Students worked collaboratively, sometimes with their parents, to solve complex technology-based problems.
First Lego League (FLL) Jr. is a program challenging students to think like scientists and engineers. The Lower School team of Grade 4 and 5 students competed to solve a mission involving building, testing, and programming an autonomous robot.
40 Lower School girls participated in an all-day workshop with the STEMettes, an award-winning social enterprise working to inspire and support young women into STEM careers. They coded and built mobile apps and showcased their work afterwards.
Additional projects included: Makerspace and Tinker Lab supplies, support for a Grade 3 trip to Google, a mobile app development workshop, and a Grade 1 trip to the Bern Kunsthaus to conclude a unit on shapes and structures.
The First Lego League team met regularly after school to work through Lego robot challenges oriented around space travel. They learned to build and code their creations to traverse the course and accomplish their mission.
STEAM Saturday workshops just for Middle School students included "Stardust Powered Robotics and Coding" led by a ZIS parent and focused on STEAM skills for girls.
For the 2nd year, a ZIS Team competed in the F1 in Schools competition, presenting their design to the judges and racing their car - which received the fastest car award!
Additional project included: tools and equipment for a Middle School Makerspace (still seeking a permanent space on the Middle School campus).
New Makerspace resources focused on equipment and tools for woodworking, but also included two stoves for cooking instruction and a laser cutter for a variety of projects.
The recording studio received new mixing and editing equipment and music students were trained to use it in a special workshop "STEAM Beats and Samples."
Equipment was purchased for a new robotics and coding club to be launched next school year. Designed to promote creativity, problem-solving and teamwork, students will practice completing robotics challenges and eventually will compete in a worldwide competition.
Additional projects included: STEAM Saturday classes for Upper School students in cybersecurity and coding, a black and white photo laboratory for analog photography students, and a science curricular consultant, Chris Charnitski, who trained teachers in the Next Generation Science Standards.
During Parent Maker Coffee Mornings, a ZIS faculty member active in Maker approaches led parents through activities designed to foster creative thinking using materials and tools.
Guest speaker Kari Lawler, 15-year-old guest lecturer in artificial intelligence (AI) at Birmingham City University and founder of her own AI company, worked with students on all campuses and addressed parents regarding her STEAM journey.
Professional development for teachers - like Harvard Graduate School's "Making and Thinking in the Maker Centered Classroom," Maker Educator certification, and the Zurich "Museum of Digital Art" course - helped prepare faculty for their work with students inside the classroom and after school.
Additional projects included: ZIS Cares funds for student service learning (10% of total project funds raised), and support for alumni networking (events and outreach).
These programs make me proud
to be a ZIS alumna...I’m happy
to play a small part.
If you are a member of the community, contributing what you can really counts to feel part of the mission of the school.
We appreciate how the school is continuously trying to get better.
I give to contribute to the amazing and dynamic educational opportunity ZIS affords to its students.
Many thanks to our 2018/19 volunteers:
- Annual Fund Committee parent representatives: Andrea Demey (LS), Suzanne Long (ECC), Tomas Molvidson (MS), Suzanne Obenshain (new parents), Lily Quinn (US), Michela Ratti (at large), Lory Spier (LS)
- Alumni representative: Tom Krebs AISZ '78
- Zurich International School Foundation board members: Martin Hoekstra, Jeff Paulson, Phil Ryan, Jennifer Saxe