Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2017-2018

Submitted by: Anthony Asay and Melanie Tahan Email: Grade Level: 6th grade, poss Subject: Science
Co-Applicant:Anthony Asay Email: asaya@flaglerschools.comGrade level: 6 Subject: Science

School: Rymfire Elementary School Type: Public Grade Levels:PreK-6 County:Flagler County

Approx. Enrollment: 1138 Number of teachers:75

School Address:

1425 RYMFIRE DR, Rymfire Elementary School
Palm Coast, Florida 32164

Phone: 3862064600 Principal:Barbara Sauvelpahkick Email:

Project Title: Drones are the Future and the Future is Now!
Project Dates: 12/2017-05/2017 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :STEM- Medical - Earth Science -

We are seeking funding for drone technology devices to help enhance our 6th grade science curriculum, and allow students to engineer solutions to problems associated with medical emergencies and natural disasters. If awarded this grant, it will provide hands-on experiences and allow students to apply and extend their knowledge of standards they are learning in the classroom. Rymfire Elementary Schools features a Flagship College & Career Exploration program encouraging students to become interested in careers in the medical and health fields. Drones can now be utilized to save lives and better serve individuals with medical emergencies and needs. Drones can move in ways that an ambulance can not and reach areas that would take a single person far too long to get to by foot, vehicle or even helicopter. For this project, students will brainstorm, map, and test routes for the drones to assist individuals in need. Students will also brainstorm and engineer ways for the drones to carry medical equipment and disaster supplies, as well as types of emergencies and disasters that they will be able to serve with their drones. In addition to this project, the drones will serve to prepare students to transition to middle school and high school programs, which already utilize drones and help teach students how to become drone pilots. It is exciting to have the opportunity to help prepare students for jobs in this emerging industry that includes not only drone pilots but also technicians, designers and manufacturers. Although students may not end up working in a medical field, there are many other industries which utilize drones. This project will serve as foundational knowledge that will help them build confidence and expertise with using this valuable technology tools.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
Drones are an emerging technology that is changing the way many career fields operate. For example, Florida has been hiring drone pilots for search and rescue missions after our recent hurricane, Irma. Local insurance companies have also been hiring pilots to collect area footage data of damage-ridden areas. In Europe, they have already developed a drone that can bring a defibrillator to a person having a heart attack. In Dubai, they have a drone that can carry a fire extinguishing explosive to put out fires in their high rise skyscrapers. These and other real world examples will be shared with students to promote their own creative ideas and innovation for ways that drones can be utilized to solve real-world problems. Innovation is encouraged in this project when students brainstorm ways for drones to carry medicine, supplies, and messages to people in need. Students will also engage in brainstorming other ways that drones can be utilized in the medical and many other career fields.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
Multiple subject area standards will be addressed through this project. Here are some examples of standards that can be enriched by utilizing drone technology: At the initiation of this project, students will utilize flight simulator software to practice flying drones, and determining successful routes for their drone flights, using math computational skills as well as trial and error. SC.68.CS-CS.1.3 Evaluate what kinds of real-world problems can be solved using modeling and simulation. MAFS.K12.MP.1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. MAFS.K12.MP.6.1: Attend to precision. SC.6.P.12.1 Measure and graph distance versus time for an object moving at a constant speed. Interpret this relationship. SC.68.CS-CS.2.2 Solve real-life issues in science and engineering (i.e., generalize a solution to open-ended problems) using computational thinking skills. Standard # SC.68.CS-CP.1.2 Select and use data-collection technology (e.g., probes, handheld devices, geographic mapping systems and output from multiple runs of a computer program) to gather, view, organize, analyze, and report results for content-related problems, individually and collaboratively. Students will brainstorm ways to utilize drones to help people with medical emergencies and need for supplies after a natural disaster. Standard #: SC.6.E.7.7 Investigate how natural disasters have affected human life in Florida. MAFS.K12.MP.1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. SC.68.CS-CS.2.2 Solve real-life issues in science and engineering (i.e., generalize a solution to open-ended problems) using computational thinking skills. SC.68.CS-CP.3.1 Select appropriate tools and technology resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve problems. Students will develop solutions to problems and calculate drone routes using both blockly and other types of coding. SC.68.CS-CP.2.3 Develop problem solutions using a block programming language, including all of the following: looping behavior, conditional statements, expressions, variables, and functions. SC.68.CS-CP.2.4 Develop problem solutions using a programming language, including all of the following: looping behavior, conditional statements, expressions, variables, and functions. MAFS.K12.MP.5.1: Use appropriate tools strategically. MAFS.K12.MP.6.1: Attend to precision. Standard #: SC.6.P.12.1 Measure and graph distance versus time for an object moving at a constant speed. Interpret this relationship.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
We will be the first elementary school in Flagler county utilizing drones with our students. Having the ability to learn drone flying will give students new skills which they can take with them from elementary through high school, and then on to colleges like Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Additionally, the problem-solving and collaboration skills that students utilize in this project will carry with them in any career they choose. We feel hopeful that our Flagler community will be positively influenced by the fresh ideas from these innovative young learners.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
In the classroom we will be using a number of different technologies. First and foremost will be the drone technology itself. The Parrot Beebop will use a wifi signal to control its movement. We will also be testing a repeater with this drone to see if we can extend the range of the drone. All of the larger drones will be using an iPad for either control, code, or to view how the drone is handling as well as video streaming to pilot the drone. As part of this grant we will be purchasing two drone simulator programs that will be uploaded to a laptop or a desktop computer for initial flight preparation and understanding of the standards. All of the drones will utilize a camera for video or pictures. This will help students collect data to determine successful routes for their drones. The six beginning drones will include a 2 megapixel camera and low grade hd video. The DJI Phantom 3 Standard will use a 12 megapixel camera and a 2.7k video. The Parrot Beebop 2 holds a 14 megapixel camera with 1080p hd video. And finally the DJI Mavic Pro will contain a 12 megapixel camera but will have 4K video capability. The students will also use apps such as iMovie to create videos of their flights, iPhoto to store information, Google Drive to share information, and Google Docs to keep their data information safe.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
Students will be given a pre and post assessment to show increased knowledge gained through this project. Students will also keep portfolios of their work including imovie videos, data, and photos collected from their drones. The teacher will also keep anecdotal records to track student growth of their understanding and proficiency with using these technology tools.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
There are numerous ways in which this project will be shared with the community. First, it will be highlighted on the Rymfire Elementary School website. Additionally, it will be shared with local news networks as well as shared with our community and business partners at our annual Flagler County Flagship Showcase being held in February. We hope also to partner with the middle and high school students in our feeder schools that have aeronautic programs.


Service/ Item Description Cost
1 Summitlink Snap On/Off prop guards 2xRed 2X White for DJI Phantom 1 2 3 Quick Connect Tool Free Al 14.99 + $1299.00
1 Powerextra 15.2V 4480mAh LiPo Intelligent Battery Replacement Battery + Battery Safe Bag for DJI P $69.00 + $21.93
1 DJI Phantom P3-STANDARD Quadcopter Drone with 2.7K HD Video Camera & 2 Great Planes RealFlight Dr $475.25 + $309.40
1 Parrot Bebop 2 Drone- White & 3 Replacement Parts Set for Cheerwing CW4 UDI U42 RC Drone, Propell $399.97 + $26.94
6 Cheerwing CW4 RC Drone with 720P HD Camera 2.4ghz RC Quadcopter with Altitude Hold Mode and One Ke $299.80 + 79.75
Total Cost of Project $2996.59 (not incl.
If matching funds identified list source: Flagler County School District Issued ipads
Donated Goods/Services:Free ipad apps at no cost

I, Anthony Asay and Melanie Tahan, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Barbara Sauvelpahkick ,the Principal of Rymfire Elementary School and any other individuals required by my school district.