Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2018-2019

Submitted by: Nancy Penchev Email: penchev@ehillel.org Grade Level: 3-9 Subject: Science, Technology, engineeri
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School: Scheck Hillel Community Day School Type: Private Grade Levels:Ece-12 County:FL

Approx. Enrollment: 1200 Number of teachers:200

School Address:

19000 NE 25th Ave
North Miami Beach, FL 33180

Phone: 3059312831 Principal:Monica Wagenberg Email: wagenberg@ehillel.org


Project Title: Designing the Future: Using Fashion to Address Ecological Needs
Project Dates: 1/07/2019-04/29/2019 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Environmental Science- Recycling- Technology - Fashion Activism

Abstract:
Girls Building S.T.E.A.M.’s mission is to connect girls with the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math through innovative and engaging activities. In the past, we explored Science, air and wind, by blowing cheeseballs across a table. We studied technology by creating video games with Bloxels. Engineering was a favorite activity as we built catapults. Arts was the focus when we created Super Heros to solve problems in the world and made costumes, theme songs, and stories about our characters. Math was motivating when we graphed, found percentages, and polled our friends about favorite candies! You can see some of our past projects at https://girlsbuildingsteam.weebly.com/. This year we are wanting to expand the program and build student activism into the S.T.E.A.M. study. Our focus will be to select a problem in the world, like pollution, recycling, or environmental concerns, and create a clothing project to address the issue. Our team from Hillel will partner with Design Lab Miami to assist students in their exploration, design, and creation. Science topics that will be integrated are sustainability, ecology, biodegradable materials, scientific process, and creating new products from unusual materials. Technology topics highlighted in this program will be graphic design, photoshop, website design, photography, advertising, 3D Printing, and laser cutting. Engineering topics that this workshop will highlight will be building 3D printed material into fabrics and clothing and coding “wearable” technology to light or sound. The Arts will be addressed through the designing and making of clothing, creating invitations and presentations of the project, creating music to reflect their collection, sewing and putting together of materials to create fashion. While learning about fashion, activism, and problem solving, students will also be learning about math with geometry, measurements, fractions, and more.

Proposal:

How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
This project is innovative because we are working on real-life issues and helping students find a voice to affect change in the world. Students will be working across grade levels with middle school students mentoring elementary school students in their thinking, designing, and creating. According to Fiber2fashion.com “The textile industry is one of the most pollutants releasing industries of the world. Surveys show that nearly five percent of all landfill space is consumed by textile waste. Besides, 20 percent of all freshwater pollution is made by textile treatment and dyeing.” By addressing the needs of sustainability, recycling, and creating new materials for fashion, we can help address the pollution created by the fashion industry.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
Currently, in our school program, we study each of these subject areas and ideas separately. In DESIGN class students use the design thinking process to create products for the real world consumer. In their Science class they study pollution and ecological issues. In their Judaics classes, they learn about doing mitzvahs and good deeds for people and the planet. In this program we are creating, all of these ideas come together in one program that will broaden minds. One of the standards that will be addressed through this program is the ISTE Standard of Innovative Designer which states Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions. Additionally, we will be working toward social activism through social media, meeting the ISTE standard of Digital Citizen, which states students recognize the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. In Science, the Next Generation Science Standards has an elementary school standard that addresses Humans and The Earth, with an emphasis on natural resources. In Middle School, the science standard focuses on designing, evaluating, and refining a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment, which is the focus of this program.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
This program will be life changing as students will follow the design process from initial thoughts to research to design and creation of a piece of fashion that meets a need in our world. Because of the impact these students will have on our world, this will bring further opportunities for our program and students to step out as a problem solver and leader. We will be encouraging activism both inside our school and outside through a social media campaign and presentations at conferences. Once these students see the issues, and take on their leadership roles it will begin their life of service that we will encourage to continue throughout their remaining school years and beyond. Once a students understand the power of their voice as a change agent, they will forever step forward to lead.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
Our team from Hillel in association with Design Lab Miami will assist students in their exploration and creation. Science topics that will be integrated are sustainability, ecology, biodegradable materials, scientific process, and creating new products from unusual materials. Technology topics highlighted in this program will be graphic design, photoshop, website design, photography, advertising, 3D Printing, and laser cutting. Engineering topics that this workshop will highlight will be building 3D printed material into fabrics and clothing and coding “wearable” technology to light or sound. The Arts will be addressed through the designing and making of clothing, creating invitations and presentations of the project, creating music to reflect their collection, sewing and putting together of materials to create fashion. While learning about fashion, activism, and problem solving, students will also be learning about math with geometry, measurements, fractions, and more. Technology will be the backbone of the entire process, from research to creation to sharing of the final designs. Our teachers at Hillel who will be sharing and assisting in the learning include the middle school design teachers, Elana Lazar, Sabrina Ferster, and Scott Savett who will assist students in the 3D printing creation of fabric and materials. The high school computer and design leaders, Michelle Murray and Gregory Ethridge, are available to troubleshoot and work through the design process. Our graphic design experts, Opher Yunger, Greg Feldman, and Carlos De Yarza, will also teach and assist students in learning to use Photoshop and Illustrator.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
At the end of this project a survey will be given to the middle and lower school girls involved in the project, as well as any males that join the club. The survey will ask for feedback on the program, including what worked and what can be improved. Students will be queried on their feelings of self-efficacy and confidence after being involved in the project. They will be asked what this program has led them to believe about themselves, S.T.E.A.M., and collaboration with others. Additionally, parents will be surveyed to give their point of view on the program and how it influenced their students. Finally, after our showcase we will ask our attendees to rate the impact of what they have seen and heard and how they will carry our message forward. All of this will give us a guide to how we can improve for the next year.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
We have a website from our past work that the students will update weekly with the design process and where we are in the creation/solution of the problems selected for each team. We will also share our work through Social Media with the hashtag #girlsbuildingSTEAM and #lionsconnect. Our goal is to present this program at conferences including Superior Tech for Teachers and The International Society for Technology in Education. Through our connection with Design Lab Miami we will also be sharing our work with fashion programs and colleges. At the end of the session, we will be having a showcase where our student teams will be presenting their projects and sharing their process for solving the problem they found in the world.


Budget:

Service/ Item Description Cost
Sewing machines 1200
Material and sewing tools (shears, needles, thread, pins, cushions) 1000
3D filament (color changing) 200
Gelatin and non standard materials 500
Total Cost of Project 19,500
If matching funds identified list source: Women's Impact grant, School, parent help 16,600
Donated Goods/Services:

I, Nancy Penchev, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Monica Wagenberg,the Principal of Scheck Hillel Community Day School and any other individuals required by my school district.

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