Featured Grants

Robot Revolution

Robot Revolution is a robotics competition held annually across District 112. Teams of students in fourth grade and up design, build and program a LEGO robot that must complete a variety of themed challenges. Teams work from September through December tweaking and refining their designs to prepare for our district competition held at Northwood Junior High. In 2017 over 200 students from District 112 competed in the culminating tournament. The theme for 2018 is Into Orbit and the district-wide competition will take place on December 15th.

Reel 112 Film Festival


The Reel 112 Film Festival is held annually at the Landmark Renaissance theater in Highland Park.  The festival features short films made by District 112 middle school students, often as part of the CMA (Communication/Media Arts) curriculum.  Student filmmakers walk the red carpet, participate in a panel about their filmmaking experience, and watch their films on the big screen.  The Foundation and the CMA teachers partner with Facets Multimedia to help students develop an understanding of filmmaking, story development and cinematography.

 Broadway Masterclass at Northwood

In February 2018, Northwood Junior High School thespians had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with Broadway In Chicago Hamilton cast member, Jose Ramos, as part of a master acting course organized by Straight From New York and Northwood teacher Nancy Cohen.  The program was funded by a Foundation Grant in partnership with the Northwood PTO.  Students spent the afternoon working with Ramos as they prepared for the school’s performance of Seussical Jr..