From conducting research to improving critical-thinking skills, grants funded by the Junior League of Dallas will help many Oak Cliff schools experiment with how they teach.

At W.E. Greiner Middle School, students will count the ways math relates to everyday life thanks to a $2,000 grant. After reading Scholastic Math Magazine articles, students will complete practice problems that relate to the articles. Students then will use journals to keep track of how math is used in careers mentioned in the magazine.

Through a $1,600 grant, Sunset High School students with special needs can join the Special Needs Robotics League, established to encourage students with special needs’ involvement in STEM. Students can design and create their own robots before competing in a competition with their classmates.

An additional $1,148.88 grant will go toward public service projects where students will develop their critical thinking, research and communication skills. After researching a social issue, students will create a public service announcement that includes video, audio and web components.

Students at W.H. Adamson High School will head back to the 16th century to create costumes for Shakespearean characters. The $1,831.04 grant will allow students to learn basic costume design techniques such as color, texture and pattern. These theater students then will have the chance to show off their skills in a performance for other students.