Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2018-2019

Submitted by: Jennifer Bruno Email: Grade Level: 6-8 Subject: Technology - Science - Environ
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School: Punta Gorda Middle School Type: Public Grade Levels:6-8 County:Charlotte

Approx. Enrollment: 1175 Number of teachers:65

School Address:

1001 Education Avenue
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

Phone: 941-575-5485 Principal:Justina Dionision Email:


Project Title: Raspberry Pi Makers
Project Dates: 11/2018-05/2018 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Technology- Science- Math - Engineering

Our students would like to use Raspberry Pi’s along with a variety of available add-on sensors to become innovators and makers. Raspberry Pi technology in the hands of students not only allows them to develop authentic learning experiences, but gives them the ability to innovate projects with real-world applications. Students will be able to create connections that flow across disciplines. Using the Raspberry Pi as a base, students can use their creative minds to become makers by adding all kinds of sensors or “HaTs” to the board base. Placing this technology into the hands of our students allows for boundless possibilities of assistive devices for our visually and hearing impaired students, nature studies for the local wildlife, and even automated robotic inventions that could be used for water conservation and much more. Our campus is filled with close to 1200 innovative thinkers. This gives us the unique opportunity to allow students the freedom to flourish as scientists, engineers, technologists, environmentalists and more. Our academic support system of teachers and administrators live our school’s mission where we encourage our Eagles to SOAR every day. Our goal is to nurture surroundings which inspire projects both inside and outside the classroom.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
Versatility is one of the greatest advantages to working with a Raspberry Pi. When you add ‘HaTs’ (Hardware attached on Top), to the Raspberry Pi, it becomes a different innovation with each and every idea. HaTs come in the form of standard and infrared cameras, multiple light matrix boards, capacitive touch sensors, gps, bluetooth, touch displays, wireless internet connections, and a multitude of sensors that measure temperature, moisture level, pH, motion, barometric pressure, water flow, speed, and so much more. The only limit to what innovations can be created is how big your imagination stretches. Our students were given time to research and come up with innovative designs that could be built using Raspberry Pi’s with different sensors. Here are just a few of the cutting-edge projects they would like to engineer using these devices: -Using capacitive touch sensors attached to a Raspberry Pi device, it would be able to help visually impaired students identify items in their classroom using different pitches of sounds when each item is touched. This would give them the ability to gain more independence, instead of relying on someone to assist them. -Using moisture, pH and temperature sensors attached to a Raspberry Pi, we can build an automated watering and pH balancing system based on the collected data in our science department’s hydroponics plants, in order to conserve water, reduce waste and keep the plants at their optimum levels. This would be done using the Raspberry Pi, enviro sensors and also servo motors which would release the proper amount of water and mineral nutrients when needed. -Using interior infrared camera and motion sensors inside birdhouses to record and observe the habits and patterns of small migrating birds that build their nests on our school grounds. -Attaching the near-field, motion and sound sensors to a band worn on each wrist to notify a visually impaired or hearing impaired person that an object is coming closer or moving away. This would be done through an alert using vibration from the bands. Different speeds of vibration would indicate the distance an object is from the person. Many of these project ideas would also be working in conjunction with our science classes who currently use hydroponics, wildlife observations, weather observations and more. Each student group would be able to build their mini-computer from scratch and get a hands on experience of building a start to finish computer device. They would then get the opportunity to write the code that would be implemented using a keyboard attached to the Raspberry Pi, and then would be able to record and collect the data automatically in a database on the laptop for later review and analysis. All of the data would simultaneously be recorded over the internet using the laptop for easy access in the classroom, so the projects can stay in use at all times.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
One of the best parts of this experience would be the ability to know what it feels like to take the bare components of a computer and put them together in order to create something that is your own design, and at the same time, is something that has the potential to help other people. (CAB2-06.01) Students will be able to differentiate between the hardware which is used to build a computer, and the software, which runs the hardware. (CTE-IT.68.PROG.02.02) Code will be written and used to solve the problems that inspire the innovative ideas for projects. Each mini computer will be programmed using code to make it function as desired specifically for each project. (CTE-IT.68.PROG.09.01) This process will give the students a chance to identify each piece of hardware and know what function each part contributes to the computer as a whole. (SC.68.CS-CS.4.1) Students will demonstrate ways to communicate effectively using Internet technology. (CAB2-09.03) Students will have the opportunity to write their arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence based on their research for each project. (LAFS.8.W.1.1) At the completion of their projects, students will use technology, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently. (LAFS.68.WHST.2.6)

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
Our students as individuals, our school and our entire community as a whole will benefit from the advancements that will be made using these devices. What makes these items unique is the ability to create new innovations on a continuous basis from year to year. The Raspberry Pi’s and all the sensors can be taken apart and used over and over again in a different way every time. New ideas can be created or previous ideas can be used as a stepping stone to build upon for project improvements in the future. It would also encourage more classrooms to use the Raspberry Pi technology to start their own innovative designs. The ultimate goal of our students would be to take the technology projects they create and share them with the public, with the hopes of taking the ideas from concept through production, and then into the real world. This experience will not only benefit the students creating the projects right now, but these students will be able to inspire others to become innovators, and we hope it inspires them to continue along the path of creativity into their adult lives.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
The Raspberry Pi is a tiny and affordable computer that you can use to build a device from scratch, and learn programming through unique, innovative and practical projects. The new culture of makers are a technology-based extension of DIY makers that participate in the creation of new devices as well as tinkering with existing ones. The entire project for each student innovation would utilize various types of technology. Starting with the Raspberry Pi board base as a foundation, which in itself is a tiny computer, the added HaTs (sensors and mechanisms) which add function to the Pi device, writing code using various programming languages to run the projects, and the laptop computer used to collect and record all data automatically via the internet. The automated data collection will allow real-time monitoring of each innovative project, and adjustments can be made on an as needed basis. In addition to the technology used in each project, every student group will be creating and presenting Microsoft PowerPoint presentations on their projects from initial concept, to building, as well as data collection and analysis of their project to teachers and peers.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
The students will write a design outline before the project begins in order to develop the framework for their concept. All data will be recorded and progress will be documented at various stages of the project. Following the completion of the project, the students will be evaluated by the teacher as well as a self-evaluation to analyze their own work and all the information that was collected from start to finish. This analysis will provide student learning gains as well as provide a foundation for the next set of students who would like to build on the ideas from previous students for future innovations. Our school’s mission is SOAR, to Strive for success, Opt for honesty, Act responsibly and Respect others. This project will certainly give our students the opportunity to SOAR!

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
The student projects will be broadcast on our school’s morning talk show called “Eagle Vision”. We will have our morning show reporters interview our top inventors and possibly even put all the projects out for other students in our school to view and learn about their innovations. We also have a great relationship with our local newspaper and will submit the student projects as a local story in the weekly section of the paper that covers activities and events that go on at our county schools. Our classes also have a web page & blog that will be reporting our progress weekly so that family and friends of the students can also share in the inspirational projects the students have created.


Service/ Item Description Cost
Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1 Laptop $479.99
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Starter Kit ( 12 x $79.95) $959.40
Raspberry Pi Touchscreen LCD Display & Case ( 12 x $94.90 ) $1138.80
Capacitive Touch, Enviro PHat, NOIR Camera, Ultrasonic Distance, Vibration Motor ( 3 each x $97.60 ) $292.80
Jumper Wires, Alligator Clips, Infrared LED's, Solderless Breadboard, Stacking Headers $40.25
Total Cost of Project $2911.24
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I, Jennifer Bruno, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Justina Dionision,the Principal of Punta Gorda Middle School and any other individuals required by my school district.