Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2018-2019

Submitted by: Margaret Campanella Email: Grade Level: 1st. 2nd, 3rd Subject: STEM, Marine Science, Ecology
Co-Applicant:Ellen Asher Email: ashere@flaglerschools.comGrade level: K-6 Subject: Marine Science Conservation

School: Old Kings Elementary School Type: Public Grade Levels:K-6 County:Flagler

Approx. Enrollment: 1 Number of teachers:67

School Address:

301 Old Kings Rd S
Flagler Beacj, Florida 32136

Phone: (386) 517-2060 Principal:Katherine Crooke Email:


Project Title: Protecting and Preserving our Oceans
Project Dates: December, -May, 2019 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :STEM- Marine Science- Ecology -

Located a few miles from the beach, our school is fortunate to provide our students with a unique Marine Science Classroom to Careers Flagship program. This project is a great addition to our Marine Science program, and a collaboration between our schoolwide STEM and Marine Science classrooms. Our goal is to provide students with authentic experiences and opportunities to make a difference on our beaches and in our communities. This project begins by bringing the Whitney Labs Turtle Hospital and Research Center program to our school. During this program, students will learn about the effects humans have on ocean ecosystems and marine life. During Marine Science class, students will have the opportunity to conduct observations of marine life using VR Headsets and generate inquiry questions while documenting their marine animal’s movement patterns, eating habits, etc. Students will use their iPads and library resources to conduct research and brainstorm solutions to help the animals discussed in the Whitney lab presentation. During STEM class, they will design and 3D print limbs and objects for animals that have been injured and are missing body parts. Students will also utilize the 3D printer to create a robotic fish that will clean plastics and other waste materials from the ocean. In addition to this project, students will utilize the 3D printer throughout the year to build observation buoys as well as Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Throughout this project students will learn about STEM careers in Marine Science, as well as reviewing and delving deeper into science standards and the design process.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
Virtual Reality and 3D printing are two current trends in education. However, many projects utilizing this technology only allow students to be consumers of technology or create scripted projects, rather than encouraging them to use the technology to become creators that help solve problems. Our project allow students to become innovators, using these tools to go places they couldn’t otherwise (underwater) and conduct thorough observations of these animals to help create thoughtful designs. The collaboration between two classes will help students understand how STEM is incorporated in all science fields and learn more about STEM careers in Marine Science.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
Observation of nature is a standard addressed in the Florida Standards for grades 1-2, to varying levels. This is also an important part of the scientific process. Our project addresses this both in the Whitney lab program with live animals, but also in our underwater exploration using the VR headsets. Students will use these observations to practice inquiry skills, raising and researching questions about the natural world. Students will use these observations and research to create authentic projects to help solve a real-world problem in our oceans. SC.1.L.14.1 Make observations of living things and their environment using the five senses. SC.1.N.1.1 Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them in teams through free exploration, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations. SC.1.N.1.2 Using the five senses as tools, make careful observations, describe objects in terms of number, shape, texture, size, weight, color, and motion, and compare their observations with others. SC.2.L.17.2 Recognize and explain that living things are found all over Earth, but each is only able to live in habitats that meet its basic needs. SC.2.N.1.1 Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them in teams through free exploration and systematic observations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations. SC.2.L.17.1 Compare and contrast the basic needs that all living things, including humans, have for survival. SC.3.N.1.1 Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them individually and in teams through free exploration and systematic investigations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations. SC.3.N.1.3 Keep records as appropriate, such as pictorial, written, or simple charts and graphs, of investigations conducted. Students will also have the opportunity to work through the design process, and learn the importance of perseverance, iteration, collaboration, and other skills associated with designing. ISTE Innovative Designer 4a 4a Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems. 4c Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process. 4d Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
This project will bring long-lasting change by teaching students that they can make a difference in the world and helping them understand how helping others can make them feel happy and fulfilled. This project will also help students connect with community members and learn about STEM Careers in our community.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
Students will utilize VR headsets to conduct observations of nature and explore undersea habitats and ecosystems. Students will use iPads to conduct research and learn more about the marine animals they would like to help. The 3D printer will be used to print limbs and objects to help animals who have been hurt due to pollution and other factors.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
Students will be given a pre/post test about their knowledge of the scientific and design process. Students will also record statements about what they learned using Flipgrid or a similar tool.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
Students will share their prototypes with the Whitney Lab and get feedback about their inventions, before tweaking them. The final projects will also be shared with the Whitney Lab as well as published with local news sources and our school district office.


Service/ Item Description Cost
Dremel 3D Printer from Lowes $1,291.82
6 Rolls of 3D Printer Filament  $ 180.00
Whitney Lab Traveling Exhibit  $1,300.00
STEM Careers Curriculum $ 200.00
Lenovo Mirage Solo Headsets $1.500.00
Total Cost of Project $4,471.82
If matching funds identified list source: Flagler County Education Foundation (Lenovo VR Hea $1,500.00
Donated Goods/Services:

I, Margaret Campanella, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Katherine Crooke,the Principal of Old Kings Elementary School and any other individuals required by my school district.