Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2018-2019

Submitted by: Stacey O'Connor Email: Grade Level: K-6 Subject: Science/STEM
Co-Applicant:Jennifer Monroe Email: monroe.jennifer@brevardschoolsGrade level: K-6 Subject: 3214543550

School: R.L. Stevenson Elementary Type: xxx Grade Levels:K-6 County:Florida

Approx. Enrollment: 500 Number of teachers:40

School Address:

1450 Martin Blvd.
Merritt Island, Florida 32952

Phone: 3214543550 Principal:Michael Corneau Email:


Project Title: "You Light Up My Life"
Project Dates: November 2-May 2019 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :STEM- Electricity- Circuitry - Technology/Programming

According to the Pew Research Center of U.S. Census Bureau data, employment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations has grown 79% since 1990, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth. At this time, due to the increase in STEM related fields, not enough schools are graduating students with STEM backgrounds to fill the open positions in the marketplace. Now more than ever there is a critical need for our schools to prepare students for the future job market by providing them with knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts. The project “You Light up My Life” is a STEM-based initiative allowing hands-on exploration and engineering design challenges with a focus on electricity and circuits. Not only does this project align with several grade level standards relating to energy and electricity, it also embeds the 21st Century Skills necessary for student success. As a media specialist/STEM teacher, I currently service the entire school population. The lessons I teach focus on literacy, technology, and STEM. The TERRA Grant will support all grade level science standards for grades K-6. Students will have the opportunity to learn about electricity and circuits using a variety of hands-on resources including Snap Circuits, Squishy Circuits, Paper Circuits, Sewing Circuits, Arduino and learning the basics of soldering a circuit board. Students will create a variety of circuits through this year long investigation. Student engagement and learning will thrive when students can engineer their own creative designs using a variety of materials and resources relating to circuits and electricity. Our students are the future engineers, teachers, doctors, scientists, and artists that need the opportunity to be enriched with STEM knowledge and 21st century skills that will prepare them for the future.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
This project is innovative because it allows students to investigate a concepts relating to STEM circuitry and electronics in a multitude of ways. Students will learn about circuits through Squishy Circuits, Snap Circuits, Paper Circuits, Sewing (Textile) Circuits, Solar Circuits, Little Bits, Arduino, and soldering for beginners. Students in grades K-3 will create squishy circuits with conductive and insulating Play-Doh, a battery, fans, buzzers, and LED's. They will also investigate circuitry and sound with Snap Circuits. Students in the primary grades will extend their knowledge of circuits by making their own circuitry creations using Little Bits. In grades 3-6, students will make their own light up creations with paper circuits made from copper tape, LED's, and coin batteries. Students can really get creative with 3D paper circuits made from origami. Students will also learn about circuits with sewable circuits in which students will sew their own creations and make them light up and make sounds using felt, conductive thread, coin batteries with a switch holder and Arduino Lily Pads. In addition, students will learn about microprocessors and how to breadboard and code an Arduino mini-processor. Afterwards, students will learn the basic on how to solder a circuit board. This project is innovative because students will not only learn about electronics and circuitry, but they will also have an opportunity to use their imagination by creating original designs that promote innovation and imagination.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
This project focuses on content area standards using integrated experiences. Reading, writing, science, math and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Standards will be supported in this inquiry investigation. The Science Priority Standards addressed in K-6 that are supported specifically in this project including standards relating to understanding of Forms of Energy and Energy Transfer and Transformation. In addition, this project will require students to draw information from multiple print or digital sources when using books, diagrams, websites, and coding software. Students will utilize resources and research information about circuits throughout this investigation. The Career and Technical Education concepts that will be supported include: inquiry, problem solving, critical thinking, and application of the the engineering design method. Writing standards will be supported when students create engineering design plans for the specific projects. Students will also complete exit slips to share the knowledge gained from each project completed. The math standards relating to measurement and will also be supported through this project.Although this project includes grades K-6, the fifth grade standards that will be taught and assessed with the FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) and SSA (Statewide Standard Assessment) include: SC.5.P.11.1 Identify the power source and wires (conductors) in an electrical circuit SC.5.P.11.2 Identify materials that conduct electricity LAFS.5.RI.3.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
This project will encourage long-lasting change in our school and community because it will provide a deeper understanding of STEM related concepts and attributes such as perseverance, growth mindset, critical thinking and problem solving. It will also provide students in K-6 experience with the engineering design process; specifically the task of redesigning a circuit that is not working properly or redesigning a project to improve upon it. This project will give students hands-on experiences with a variety of electrical and solar powered circuits, but more importantly it will teach them concepts that will foster independence, critical thinking, problem solving and a growth mindset. Students engagement and learning will thrive when students can engineer their own creative designs using a variety of materials and resources related to circuits and electricity. Our students are the future engineers, teachers, doctors, scientists, and artists that need the opportunity to be enriched with STEM knowledge and 21st century skills that will prepare them for the future.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
Technology will be utilized throughout this project in variety of ways. Primary students will be able to use their creative skills while creating masterpieces with Squishy Circuits using a battery, conductive and insulating Play-Doh, fans, buzzers, and LED's. In addition they will use Snap Circuits and Little Bits to create a variety of circuitry projects. Students in the older grades will create simple and parallel paper circuits with a switch using copper tape, LED's, and batteries. Students will also make 3D paper circuits with origami. Students will make textile creations with circuits using conductive thread, Arduino Lilypads, LED's and coin batteries and battery holders with a switch. Students will cut out patterns for their textile project using a Cricut Maker. Students will extend their learning by learning to breadboard and code Arduino projects. Students in grades 5-6 will learn soldering basics and will complete a variety of circuit projects. Students will learn a variety of technology skills throughout this project.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
Student success will be measured in a variety of formative and summative assessments including teacher observation, engineering design rubrics, assessments in STEMscopes (science curriculum), and the Sunshine State Assessment (SSA) administered in Fifth Grade students at the end of the school year. In addition, students will have the opportunity to reflect and share their knowledge throughout the year with surveys, journal reflective writing, and exit slips. Initially, students will be given a survey to analyze their knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions or STEM related concepts with a focus on electrical circuits. At the end of the year, students will be given the same survey and the results will be analyzed to see compare the growth in knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions regarding STEM and electrical circuits.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
The project results will be shared in a variety of ways throughout year. Initially, the project "You Light up My Life" will be shared with our School Advisory Council which consist of: school administration, parents, teachers, and business partners from our community. Results from this project will be shared with our school community through our school website, social media pages, and through our newsletters. Students will learn about this project through our school news program that broadcast daily. A student gallery will showcase various projects and will be displayed in the media center throughout the year. Parents will also be invited to a "Circuit Showcase" to view student work at an Open House media night. The Circuit Showcase will allow students to display and share their projects with our school community and business partners.


Service/ Item Description Cost
Squishy Circuit Group Kit x 1 @ $275.00, Squishy Circuit Dough x 5 @ $20.00, Snap Circuit Kit x 1 @ $429.50
Little Bits STEAM Kit x 1 @ 299.95, Solar Mechanics Kit x 5 @ $26.40 $431.95
Paper Circuit and Sewing Circuit Materials: Lily Pad Sewable Electronics Kit x 4 @ $99.95, Lily Pad $705.73
Cricut Maker x1 @ $372.14, Cricut Felt Carousel Pack x 10 @ 5.99, Cricut Felt Sky Pack x 10 @ 5.99, $686.96
Arduino Marterials: Arduino Starter Kit x 4 @ $ 78.80, Soldering Circuit Materials: Elenco AmeriKit $746.00
Total Cost of Project $3000.14
If matching funds identified list source:
Donated Goods/Services:Donated Sewing Machine by Parent

I, Stacey O'Connor, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Michael Corneau,the Principal of R.L. Stevenson Elementary and any other individuals required by my school district.