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Grant Application

Mini-Grant Application for School Year 17-18

Submitted by: Corinne Schaefer Email: schaeferc@flaglerschools.com Grade Level: 9-12 Subject: Biology, English, Technology,
Co-Applicant:Ellen Doyle Email: doylee@flaglerschools.comGrade level: 9 Subject: Biology

School: i3 Tech Academy Type: Public Grade Levels:9-12 County:Flagler County

Approx. Enrollment: 150 Number of teachers:7

School Address:

5500 FL-100
Palm Coast, Florida 32137

Phone: (386) 437-7540 Principal:Nathan Lovelette Email: loveletten@flaglerschools.com


Project Title: What's Living in Your Swamp?
Project Dates: Jan. 9, 20-May 19, 20 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Biology - Ecosystmes- Biology - Human Impact- Game Design - Mobile App creation - Game Design - Careers/certification

Abstract:
“What’s living in Your Swamp?” is an authentic project to connect students with the community, environment, and technology. Biology students at the i3 Academy will develop content for an App for the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. This app will help teach patrons about the different ecosystems at the facility and human impact on these ecosystems. Students will cover standards in Biology, English/Language Arts, and technology by completing this authentic project. The students will take a first trip to the Alligator Farm to start collaboration on designing the app. Biology students will need an idea of what the different ecosystems at the Alligator Farm. This will also provide an opportunity for students to discuss the project with their real-life “customer” and allow them to have genuine consultants on the app. Once the Biology students create the content, Game Design students will actually create an app that is set up like a game to teach the concepts. There will also be community partners from the Game Design field to assist with the mobile app development and the use of Estimote iBeacons to create a “Pokemon Go style” scavenger hunt for patrons The app will be beta tested at the Alligator Farm in the spring with elementary students. The elementary students will visit the park to test the scavenger hunt app and provide feedback to our students, allowing them to engage in the complete engineering process. Once the project is complete the Alligator Farm will have an app for the anyone in the community who visits to use. Students will also use technology to record and capture the field trips to create a video using iMovie about the trip to share with others.

Proposal:

How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
Students will have an opportunity to create their own "Pokemon-Go style" game and turn it into an educational scavenger hunt. This cutting-edge technology is only beginning to be explored in commercial games so students have a great opportunity to learn about this emerging and innovative technology. Biology students will learn about ecosystems and human impact on these ecosystems. These students will also learn about possible science careers through working with zoologists at the Alligator Farm.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
Students will have an opportunity to create their own "Pokemon-Go style" game and turn it into an educational scavenger hunt. This cutting-edge technology is only beginning to be explored in commercial games so students have a great opportunity to learn about this emerging and innovative technology. Biology students will learn about ecosystems and human impact on these ecosystems. These students will also learn about possible science careers through working with zoologists at the Alligator Farm. Biology Standards: SC.912.L.17.5: Changes in ecosystems—succession; Consequences to biodiversity—catastrophic events; Life in aquatic systems—geography; Limiting factors SC.912.L.17.20: Human impact on environmental systems SC.912.N.1.1: Analyzing data; Designing scientific investigations; Evaluating scientific investigations; Making inferences Game Design Standards: 16.0 Use information technology tools 17.01 Use a number of computer tools to enhance and ease game programming and artistry 17.02 Use a game engine to create a playable game. 17.03 Use animated objects. 17.04 Integrate sound and music to enhance the game experience. 17.05 Test and debug to game completion. 22.05 Discuss the opportunities available to independent game developers and entrepreneurs in the mobile application market 32.0 Understand the general procedure and requirements of game design 32.01 Describe the design process from conception to production.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
This project encourages long-lasting change in both the school and the community. Our students are learning how to build a game for a distinct audience, and are practicing valuable collaboration, critical thinking, and technology skills that will be useful throughout their life. The students will be creating a mobile app for the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL. This app will be a “scavenger hunt” style game for Alligator Farm patrons to explore and learn about the different ecosystems represented. It will be an interactive and educational app to assist the Alligator Farm in teaching about ecosystems and human impact. This will be an app that can be added to or changed each year. Students will also record and capture photographs of the trip to create an iMovie video to post on YouTube to share with other about the trip.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
The Google Drive will be used to assist students in collaboration for the project across the different subject areas. Game Design students will then use Adobe Animate software to create the app that the Biology students designed. Futhermore, students will use Estimote iBeacons. These will be used to create a “Pokemon Go style” scavenger hunt for patrons who visit the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida. These Estimotes will be placed around the park, allowing any internet-capable device to access clues, websites, and assignments when they are within a certain distance of the estimote. Our elementary students will visit the park to test the scavenger hunt and provide feedback to our students, allowing them to engage in the complete engineering process. Also, App developer will then be used to test, debug, and distribute the app to the Apple app store. Students will also use technology to record and capture the field trips to create a video using iMovie about the trip.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
Pre and Post survey Biology Florida State EOC scores Game Design CDF (Common District Final) for level 1 Game Design students Adobe Animate certification exam for level 2 Game Design students

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
This project is shared with any classes or patrons who visit the Alligator Farm, making this truly a community project. Parents, teachers, and students from Florida will have an opportunity to interact with this technology. We will also share the project with our local newspaper and other media sources. Students will also record and capture photographs of the trip to create an iMovie video to post on YouTube to share with other about the trip. The project will also be shared on Social Media to share with community. i3 Academy is also a part of the New Tech Network where the project will be shared with other schools across the nation.


Budget:

Service/ Item Description Cost
Estimote  iBeacons 1,000
Travel (Busses) 1,000
Alligator Farm admission for elementary students   500
Cameras and recording equipment to create video presentation 500
Total Cost of Project 3,000
If matching funds identified list source:
Donated Goods/Services:Alligator Farm Admission for students working on p

I, Corinne Schaefer, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Nathan Lovelette,the Principal of i3 Tech Academy and any other individuals required by my school district.

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