Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2017-2018

Submitted by: Andrew Hutcheson Email: Grade Level: 10-12 Subject: Physics, Technology
Co-Applicant: Email: Grade level: Subject:

School: Matanzas High School Type: Public Grade Levels:9-12 County:Flagler

Approx. Enrollment: 1 Number of teachers:72

School Address:

3535 Old Kings Rd North
Palm Coast, FL , Florida 32137

Phone: (386) 447-1575 Principal:Mr. Jeff Reaves Email:

Project Title: Everyone Can Learn Physics!
Project Dates: December, -May, 2018 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Science- Physics- Technology -

Albert Einstein is attributed with saying, “If you can’t explain it to a six-year old, you don’t understand it”. In this project, Matanzas High School Physics students will have the opportunity to create engaging tutorial videos to help explain physics concepts to elementary students. Students will examine 2nd-6th grade standards and apply their knowledge of high school physics standards to videos that help younger students learn these concepts. This project allows students to express their creativity and utilize their talents, while developing a deeper understanding of science concepts. We are requesting a variety of science supplies that will help students illustrate their ideas and lessons, while providing visual examples of the concepts they are teaching to the elementary students.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
This project is innovative in that it provides a valuable learning experience not only to high school students, but to elementary students as well. Tutorial videos are prominent in pop culture today. Youtube and Vimeo feature make-up tutorials, “how to fix” videos, cooking classes, and many others. Students relate to this type of learning, and hosting their videos online provides opportunities for collaboration, networking, and displaying their knowledge to others. Colleges are looking for students without negative content online, but are also looking for students who are making a difference online and sharing their talents (Wallace, 2017). This project provides high school students with an opportunity to make a difference in our elementary schools, as well as in schools around the world. Kelly Wallace, C. (2017). How social media can help your college prospects . CNN. Retrieved 6 October 2017, from

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
Students will create models and use the science supplies to illustrate concepts and explain theories in their tutorial videos. Science Practice 1: The student can use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems Science Practice 6: The student can work with scientific explanations and theories Science Practice 7: The student is able to connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts, and representations in and across domains. Students will create tutorial videos to demonstrate forces and changes that occur in science. Big Idea 3: The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces. Big Idea 4: Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems. Big Idea 5: Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
This project will encourage changes in student confidence and competence with learning science concepts and creating multimedia artifacts. This will also create a connection between high school and elementary students, helping the high school students understand the difference they can make in schools. The high school students will learn skills that they can utilize later in life, while also learning how to create products for unique audiences.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
Students will utilize technology to create the physics tutorial videos. They will record the videos with a variety of camera equipment, including iPads and TV Production cameras. They will use editing effects such as slow motion, green screen, screen annotations, and picture in picture to help teach physics concepts to the elementary students.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
Student videos will be reviewed to determine each student’s level of knowledge of the standards and physics concepts. . Student knowledge will be also assessed through a formal test given at the end of each unit.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
The video tutorials will be shared with our elementary school teachers in our district curriculum maps and pacing guides. The videos will also be shared publicly through YouTube. We will also contact our local newspapers and new stations, and encourage them to showcase this project.


Service/ Item Description Cost
Smart carts, tracks, motion experiments equipment $2,000.00
Air track, track gliders and air source $1,000.00
Total Cost of Project $3,000.00
If matching funds identified list source: Camera equipment borrowed from school n/a
Donated Goods/Services:Camera equipment n/a

I, Andrew Hutcheson, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Mr. Jeff Reaves,the Principal of Matanzas High School and any other individuals required by my school district.