Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2017-18

Submitted by: Lisa W Coonan Email: Grade Level: Pre-K to 5th Gr Subject: Technology/Science
Co-Applicant:Kim McKiernan & Kim Newman Email: & nGrade level: Pre-K & VE K-5 Subject: All Subject Areas

School: Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts Type: Public Grade Levels:Pre-K to 5th Gr County:Leon County

Approx. Enrollment: 630 Number of teachers:55

School Address:

Tallahassee, Florida 32311

Phone: 850-488-7110 Principal:Dr. Iris Wilson Email:

Project Title: Stem for Pre-K means: “Science Teaches Early Methods” of Inquiry and Investigation through Hands-On
Project Dates: Nov 2017-May 2018 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Technology- Science- -

Mini-Grant Abstract (300 word max): The 3 classrooms referred to above are our 2 Pre-K Classrooms and 1 Varying Exceptionalities (VE) Classroom with students between the grades of K-5. What we share in common is Exceptional Student Education (ESE) children. We prepare students for both entering the regular classrooms for Kindergarten and also those who will have a chance to integrate into the regular classrooms for Science. Our GOAL is to introduce students to the world of science so that they might become interested in the life-long learning process as well as careers in the science field. Our students do not have access to curriculum that is designed for their developmental levels, nor do we have money for supplies as we are a Title 1 Magnet School for the Arts. We hope to gain access to the world of science in a way that thrills, enchants, and encourages those involved to become interested in learning more about the overall field of science as it relates to our everyday lives and careers.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
1) We have access to two world-class recources right here in Tallahassee: The High Magnetic Laboratory (Mag Lab) and Florida State University’s (FSU’s) Science/Pre-Med Departments. Getting to visit these and hear presentations on behalf of these two institutions is a unique opportunity for our students, parents and teachers. Creating a curriculum totally from online websites and resources is something new for our students in the Pre-K and VE Classrooms. Getting to conduct hands-on experiments with materials that may have not been available to us otherwise, is also exciting and rewarding for our students, parents, and teachers. These experiences cannot be minimized, as the study of science is like that of no other core curriculum area.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
2) Pre-K through 5th Grade has Science Standards that we must introduce and teach toward for our students in an elementary public school setting. The most common ones applicable to us that relate to science would be: V. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT AND GENERAL KNOWLEDGE B. Scientific Inquiry a. Investigation and Inquiry 1. Demonstrates the use of simple tools and equipment for observing and investigating 2. Examines objects and makes comparisons b. Physical Science 1. Explores the physical properties and creative use of objects or matter c. Life Science 1. Explores growth and change of living things 2. Identifies the characteristics of living things 3. Identifies the five senses and explores functions of each d. Earth and Space 1. Explores the outdoor environment and begins to recognize changes (e.g., weather conditions) in the environment, with teacher support and multiple experiences over time 2. Discovers and explores objects (e.g., rocks, twigs, leaves, seashells) that are naturally found in the environment e. Environmental Awareness 1. Demonstrates ongoing environmental awareness and responsibility (e.g., reduce, reuse, recycle), with teacher support and multiple experiences over time These simple lessons, experiences and experiments will become their curriculum for Science now and possibly in the years to come. These will be the precursors for the study of STEM courses available to them in the future, not only in school, but online as well.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
3) Long lasting change will occur by adding a new core content curriculum via technology and websites plus field trips to create interest and excitement for the new subject matter. The field trips are to encourage interest and to let kids see first hand, how science is important in our everyday world. Adding a science curriculum at an early age promotes life-long learning in this field. We also hope to build a relationship with the Mag Lab and FSU that we can maintain for many years to come, as reliable and essential resources that provide community services to our school and students.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
4) Technology used: The teacher’s laptop can tap into YouTube and free Science Websites for young children and ESE Students found online. These can also be downloaded onto our iPads and student computers in the classroom. The teacher’s computer can be linked to a large screen television or Promethian Board for use with the entire classroom of students for lessons, games, discussions and experiments.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
5) A KWL Chart will be used prior to each lesson/experiment to determine what the students already know (K) about the subject being presented, what (W) they would like to learn from the lesson/experiment, and then following the lesson/experiment, will list what was actually learned (L) by the students that they did not already know or understand. These will measure collective growth of knowledge, comprehension, and vocabulary. These will be written on large chart paper for archiving and sharing with administrators and grant personnel.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
6) -We will create a Science Fair Board to exhibit in the Science Fair Hall (January) of our field trips to let students know what Pre-K and the VE Class has been doing in Science this year thus far. -We will request that our graphic art teacher take pictures to be added to our yearbook for 2017-18. -We will request that our pictures be shared on our School District Website for all parents and students to see what we have been up to this year by being a grant recipient and participating in new science lessons/experiments. -We will have a Science Night for our parents to come and visit the classrooms to see what we have been doing in science this year and will share the materials and information that our grant has provided, along with some demonstrations of the websites used, interactive games found, and the KWL Charts developed. -We will send Thank You Notes to both community sites to show our appreciation for their participation in our grant and with our students -We will attempt to get our local newspaper to run an article about our grant with pictures of what our students are doing to learn about the field/content area of science.


Service/ Item Description Cost
Field Trip to the High Magnetic Laboratory & FSU's Science/Pre-Med Lab Buildings (Bus Costs) $400 ($200 each)
Access to YouTube (commercial-free fees) Videos & appropriate science Websites (copy costs) $126 ($50+$76)
Basic Science Materials from Wal-Mart – food/craft supplies + other miscellaneous costs   $370 ($300+$70)
Young Scientists Kit Series from Steve Spangler's Science website $324 ($299+$25 S&H)
Scientific Method Poster Set + STEM Careers Poster Set (from Really Good Stuff) 3 sets of each $80 ($72+$8 S&H)
Total Cost of Project $1,300
If matching funds identified list source: Parents pay $3.00 per Field Trip, $6.00 total $300
Donated Goods/Services:Presentations/Tours by Mag Lab/FSU Labs FREE

I, Lisa W Coonan, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Dr. Iris Wilson,the Principal of Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts and any other individuals required by my school district.