Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2018-2019

Submitted by: Timothy Ruddy Email: Grade Level: 5th and 6th Subject: STEM, Science, Health
Co-Applicant: Email: Grade level: Subject:

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

Approx. Enrollment: 1150 Number of teachers:61

School Address:

1425 Rymfire Dr
Palm Coast, Florida 32164

Phone: (386) 206-4600 Principal:LaShakia Moore Email:


Project Title: Alveoli, and Dendrites, and Neurons Oh My!
Project Dates: November 2-June, 2019 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :STEM- Health- Science -

It’s a challenge to teach students about something they can’t actually see or experience. However,with the help of technology, science topics such as Space and the Human Body can come to life for students and even become interactive. Using Virtual Reality (VR) technology, this project will assist students with exploring the human body and becoming familiar with Body Systems, Organs, and other human biology topics. Using the Lenovo Mirage Solo VR Headsets, students will go on a journey through the human body, develop inquiry skills as they ask scientific questions, and conduct research to find out more. Next students will continue their VR journey, diving deeper into their questions, while engaging in collaborative discussions which provide them opportunities to use science vocabulary in context. At Rymfire Elementary School, we have developed a Flagship program for Medical Sciences, Health, and Fitness. This includes a Medical Lab where students have the opportunity to “scrub in” complete with lab coats and safety equipment, while exploring medical and health standards. Adding VR Headsets to our lab will help students become more engaged and develop a better understanding of the Human Body and medical topics that they wouldn’t be able to experience otherwise.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
Our project is innovative by providing students with experiences that wouldn’t be possible without technology. While touring the human body and participating in virtual dissections, students will begin to understand how their bodies work, and the role that nutrition and exercise have in maintaining a healthy body. Additionally, incorporating Inquiry skills and research with the Virtual Reality tours, help students become active participants in their learning. After touring the body and gaining a better understanding of how the tours are organized, students will use the information from their research to create their own tours in Google Expeditions.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
Fifth Grade students will complete virtual tours of the human body and discuss systems and organs they encounter. They will generate inquiry questions and research those questions, later creating their own virtual tours to share with other students. SC.5.L.14.1 Identify the organs in the human body and describe their functions, including the skin, brain, heart, lungs, stomach, liver, intestines, pancreas, muscles and skeleton, reproductive organs, kidneys, bladder, and sensory organs. SC.5.L.14.2 Compare and contrast the function of organs and other physical structures of plants and animals, including humans, for example: some animals have skeletons for support -- some with internal skeletons others with exoskeletons -- while some plants have stems for support. LAFS.K12.W.3.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism. Sixth grade students will use observation skills during their virtual tours to answer challenging questions about the human body such as identifying the hierarchical organization of organisms and labeling and identifying the purpose of cells. SC.6.L.14.1 Describe and identify patterns in the hierarchical organization of organisms from atoms to molecules and cells to tissues to organs to organ systems to organisms. SC.6.L.14.2 Investigate and explain the components of the scientific theory of cells (cell theory): all organisms are composed of cells (single-celled or multi-cellular), all cells come from pre-existing cells, and cells are the basic unit of life. SC.6.L.14.3 Recognize and explore how cells of all organisms undergo similar processes to maintain homeostasis, including extracting energy from food, getting rid of waste, and reproducing. SC.6.L.14.4 Compare and contrast the structure and function of major organelles of plant and animal cells, including cell wall, cell membrane, nucleus, cytoplasm, chloroplasts, mitochondria, and vacuoles. SC.6.L.14.5 Identify and investigate the general functions of the major systems of the human body (digestive, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive, excretory, immune, nervous, and musculoskeletal) and describe ways these systems interact with each other to maintain homeostasis. SC.6.L.14.6 Compare and contrast types of infectious agents that may infect the human body, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. LAFS.K12.W.3.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism. (407)

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
Helping students visualize abstract concepts and gain a better understanding of how their bodies work will help them develop healthier habits with nutrition and exercise. Additionally, helping students gain an appreciation for health and medical topics may place them on a path towards a medical career in their future. Although this is a one-year project, the materials will be used for many years to come and can eventually extend to other grade levels as well.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
Technology will be utilized during every aspect of this project. Students will use the Virtual Reality Headsets to explore the human body and perform dissections. Then, students will conduct research using their iPads, and finally create their own human body virtual tours using the Google Expeditions app. Throughout this project, students will have the opportunities to be both consumers and creators while using various types of cutting edge technology.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
Our human body research projects will be graded according to a rubric, which includes expectations for meeting grade level standards, as well as expectations for credibility of sources and knowledge of copyright and fair use guidelines. Additionally, students will be given a pre and post-test during these units, in order to determine the gains they have made as a result of this project.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
This project will be shared during our annual district-wide Flagship Showcase taking place in Spring 2019. We will share both the Lenovo Mirage Solo Virtual Reality headsets for parents and community members to try, and also the finished virtual tours that our students create. Additionally, we will contact several local news sources to publicise our project.


Service/ Item Description Cost
Mirage Solo with Daydream (Qty: 6) $2,394.00
Daydream Human Anatomy VR App (Qty: 6) $149.94
Daydream Body Map VR App (Qty: 6) $17.94
Daydream Unimersive VR App (Qty: 6) $294.00
Science Lab Supplies (Lab coats, science equipment.) $125.00
Total Cost of Project $2980.88
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I, Timothy Ruddy, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from LaShakia Moore,the Principal of Rymfire Elementary and any other individuals required by my school district.