Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2018-2019

Submitted by: Kenny Coogan Email: Grade Level: 6-7 Subject: Agriculture, Life Science
Co-Applicant: Email: Grade level: Subject:

School: Wilson Middle School Type: Public Grade Levels:6-8 County:Hillsborough

Approx. Enrollment: 700 Number of teachers:700

School Address:

1005 W Swann Ave
Tampa, Florida 33606

Phone: 7164256915 Principal:Colleen Faucett Email:


Project Title: Plant Propagation
Project Dates: November-May 2019 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :technology- plant propagation- science equipment - garden supplies

This grant opportunity will provide a way for our students to get vocational skills regarding multiple forms of plant propagation. Last year we planted vegetable and butterfly gardens. These plants were purchased for local nurseries. The gardens teach our students state standards including but not limited to genetics, heredity, human impact of the earth, the important part plants play in food chains and food webs, and stress ecological principles. Through this year’s grant we will teach students how to propagate plants using tissue cultures and aquaponics. Plant tissue culture (micropropagation) has been used to produce millions of Venus Flytrap plants without collecting them from the wild. Students will learn about the fascinating life of carnivorous plants and then how to propagate them. Once successful, students will try to propagate other carnivorous plants like Drosera and Nepenthes. This grant will also help purchase much-needed grow lights for our existing two 10-gallon aquaponic systems. Last year the plants struggled to live with window light alone. Students will propagate plants in the aquaponic system by cuttings.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
This year Wilson Middle School, located in the Hyde Park area of Tampa, is offering Agriculture for the second time. Since last year we have added a popular FFA clulb. Last year, with support from our community we installed 15 edible raised beds. This year we would like to provide vocational horticulture skills to our students, by teaching them how to propagate carnivorous plants. Carnivorous plants are fascinating to students and need protection from poaching. By multiplying them in a classroom, the need to poach carnivorous plants in the wild will decrease.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
This year the 7th grade curriculum in Hillsborough county has changed from comprehensive science to life science. Students learn Mendelian genetics, heredity (sexual vs asexual reproduction – with plants representing both), human impact of the earth (agricultural practices including various types of propagation), the important part plants play in food chains and food webs, and ecological principles (niches, consumers, producers etc.). This grant will help students learn the following agriculture state standards through hands on experience. Agriculture standards include; apply knowledge and skills in biotechnology, apply knowledge and skills in plant sciences, demonstrate knowledge and skills in food science, apply knowledge and skills in processing and marketing, apply knowledge and skills in environmental resources, demonstrate the value of responsibility, good work habits, and planning for career opportunities in agriculture, apply leadership and communication skills, integrate the use of science, mathematics, reading, geography, history, writing, and communication in agriscience and technology.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
By having the students oversee this unique plant propagation program students will be engaged. The goal is to provide vocational skills (accurate measuring, sterilization techniques, cooperation, collaboration) that students can use in STEM related fields. The hope is that these plants will be added to our annual plant sale fundraiser to add funds to expand the newly created FFA club.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
Students will start by using a stage 2 Venus flytrap culture, where students will divide the plantlets and place them on multiplication medium. Four weeks later, cultures are transferred to pretransplant medium or to potting medium. Students will use a Tissue culture microscopes, which is used to view live cells and tissue to monitor the progress of the plants. They will use foreceps, teasing needles, tissue culture racks and petri dishes to propagate the stage 2 plants. After students master that process, they will start preparing their own test tubes with growing medium.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
Students are given a pre-assessment at the beginning of both semesters. Students are then given a semester exam 20 weeks later. Benchmarks and state standards will be compared with these assessments. Formative assessments such as group projects, monitoring student work and having students self-monitor will provide timely student gains.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
This project will be advertised to the local media and in our monthly student created science/agriculture and school newsletters. These newsletters are sent to all of our stakeholders in the community (administration, parents, families). Our schools has an active Facebook page where we will post the plants progress. At the annual plant sale we will show case the plants and provide postcard size information regarding the project.


Service/ Item Description Cost
Inverted Tissue Culture Microscope with 1.3MP USB Camera AmScope 1100
4 Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) Tissue Culture Kit Carolina Biological Supply 450
Multiplication Medium, Culture Vessel, Culture Tubes, Agar, Sucrose, Pipet, Petri Dishes PhytoTechno 1300
2 AquaSprouts LED Grow Light 150
Total Cost of Project 3000
If matching funds identified list source:
Donated Goods/Services:Michael Kane, Professor Environmental Horticulture

I, Kenny Coogan, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Colleen Faucett,the Principal of Wilson Middle School and any other individuals required by my school district.