Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2018-2019

Submitted by: Teresa Rizzo Email: Grade Level: PreK-6 Subject: STEM, Literacy, Technology
Co-Applicant: Email: Grade level: Subject:

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

Approx. Enrollment: 1 Number of teachers:62

School Address:

4550 Belle Terre Pkwy
Palm Coast, Florida 32614

Phone: (386) 446-6720 Principal:Dr. Anna Crawford Email:


Project Title: Student Creation Station
Project Dates: December, -June, 2019 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :STEM- Literacy- Technology -

As the elementary STEM school in our district, one of our goals is to facilitate experiences for students to design, create, and innovate. We are working to transform our Media Center into a hub for student innovation and STEM learning, while also maintaining an environment that promotes literacy and a love of reading. This project features a projected interactive wall, where students can experience learning beyond a chair and desk. Our fourth through sixth grade students will have the opportunity to design their own interactive games based on their favorite children’s books. They will use a Human-Centered Design approach to engage in the engineering process. These games will be shared with our PreK-3rd grade students when they visit the Media Center. Our 4th-6th grade students will also help build the interactive wall, learning how a projector, 3D camera, and computer software create an interactive wall that can be experienced by many students at once. We are a Title One school with 67% of students receiving free or reduced lunch and thrilled for the opportunity to provide a STEM experience to all of our students, encouraging them to continue designing and creating when they leave elementary school.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
Human-Centered Design Thinking asks designers to develop empathy and consider the physical and psychological needs of those they are designing for (Greenhouse, 2012). We will encourage our 4th-6th grade students to adopt this approach used by professional designers, helping them consider their audience when creating their interactive wall games. We feel it is innovative to facilitate a project that incorporates STEM, literacy, but also character education through Human-Centered Design. Additionally, our younger students will provide feedback about the games allowing students to tweak their designs, and engage in the complete engineering process. This project is also innovative because of the technology itself. These types of interactive walls can typically only be found in theme parks and museums, so we are excited to be pioneers in bringing this to a Florida elementary school, and involving students in creating it. Greenhouse, E. S. (2012). Human-centered design. Retrieved from Livable New York: http://www. aging. ny. gov/LivableNY/ResourceManual/DemographicAndSoci alTrends I, 9.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
*Students in 4th-6th grades will determine the theme and central idea of their favorite children’s books, creating a design to represent that theme. Students will engage in the design process, beginning by creating an idea and then designing and tweaking a game that can be experienced by all students in our school. *Students in K-3rd grade will have the opportunity to play the games created by older students, exploring the idea of theme and then providing feedback to the students about their games. SC.K2.CS-CP.3.1 Create developmentally appropriate multimedia products with support from teachers, family members, or student partners. SC.35.CS-CS.3.1 Manipulate and publish multimedia artifacts using digital tools (local and online). SC.68.CS-CC.1.3 Design, develop, and publish a collaborative digital product using a variety of digital tools and media-rich resources that demonstrate and communicate concepts to inform, persuade, and/or entertain. LAFS.K12.R.1.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas. ISTE Innovative Designer: 4a Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
This project will help students develop important skills such as critical thinking, perseverance, human-centered design, and a love of literacy. Our hope is that this project will inspire students to continue reading, creating, and considering others when designing new things. This project will also help create an engaging environment in our media center, which will not only benefit students who participate in the project, but for all current and future students at Wadsworth Elementary School.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
Students will utilize the Buncee website to design backgrounds and graphics for their games. They will utilize the Interactive Wall software to create their own games based on their favorite books. The interactive wall itself, will help students engage in and learn more about Augmented Reality technology. The technology to build the wall will include a projector, sensor camera, mini computer, and game-design software.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
We will use authentic assessments (rubric) to assess student understanding of this project. This will include knowledge of Theme and Central Ideas of a text, knowledge of Human-Centered Design, as well as their ability to creatively and effectively design a multimedia artifact.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
We will showcase our interactive wall during our Book Fair and other special events that occur in our Media Center during the year. We will also share our interactive wall and student designs with our local newspaper and other news sources. A video of students creating and using our interactive wall will be shared at our annual Flagship Classroom to Career Showcase this Spring.


Service/ Item Description Cost
5000 Lumens Projector, plus mount $1,300.00
3D Camera, plus mount and cables $250.00
Mini PC Computer, plus accessories (Wireless Keyboard, mouse, etc.) $600.00
Interactive Wall Software/Games, plus Buncee Class Subscription $850.00
Total Cost of Project $3,000.00
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I, Teresa Rizzo, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Dr. Anna Crawford,the Principal of Wadsworth Elementary School and any other individuals required by my school district.