Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2019-2020

Submitted by: Rebekka Stasny Email: Grade Level: 6-8 Subject: all
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School: Rowlett Middle Academy Type: Charter Grade Levels:6-8 County:Manatee

Approx. Enrollment: 650 Number of teachers:60

School Address:

400 30th AVE WEST
Bradenton, Florida 34209

Phone: 941-462-4001 Principal:Jamara Clark Email:

Twitter: #VRinRoom511

Project Title: Forging a Maker Mindset in Science Class
Project Dates: November 1-May 1, 202 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :STEAM- science- literacy -

Making VR a Reality in Room 511 I teach science to approximately 130 7th and 8th grade students and strive to provide them with the tools they need to be successful leaders, scientists and life-long learners. Students need to see themselves as real scientists and the best way to do this is through hands-on experiential learning and experiences, however I don’t always have time or funds for field trips. This project – Making Virtual Reality a Reality in Room 511 — will allow my students to explore the world around us without leaving the four walls of our classroom. If we can’t actually visit the outside world, we can explore it virtually. I teach at a public charter school that focuses on the integration of arts, communication and leadership skills to ensure the success for all of our students while preparing them for life outside the classroom. Throughout my science lessons, I incorporate the arts through song, dance, music and art. I currently integrate technology into my lessons through 3D printing and design, coding and robotics, and I would like to continue incorporating our school's magnet theme into my classroom by having students experience VR and ultimately create their own VR experiences that can be shared with people around the world. Having innovative tools such as Oculus Go VR goggles, Samsung smartphones and GoPro Cameras will provide me the opportunity to increase student's exposure to advancements in technology while providing them the opportunity to think creatively, transfer knowledge and be more engaged with the science content.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
I am requesting funds for Oculus Gear virtual reality headsets, Samsung Galaxy Phones and GoPro Fusion cameras and SD cards. The Oculus Gear Headsets are light-weight wireless virtual reality headsets that will easily allow us to integrate virtual reality in the classroom. The Samsung Galaxy Phones are the device that will house the Android apps for the virtual reality experiences. There are headsets that have the capability to house the apps without an additional device (cell phone) however, they are much more expensive and not as user-friendly. There are currently over 1000 Apps in the Oculus Store in addition to apps such as National Geographic VR, Discovery VR, VR Space, Human Body, Solar System Scope, Star Tracker and more, that can be easily downloaded onto the Samsung Galaxy phones. These smart phones will not have the ability to act as a "normal" cell phone as there won't be a SIM card or cell phone carrier, however by accessing the school WIFI, apps can be downloaded from the Google Play store to be used with the Oculus Gear headsets.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
Students be exposed to lessons with the following Florida Science Standards throughout this project: SC.7.N.1.1 Define a problem from the seventh grade curriculum, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigation of various types, such as systematic observations or experiments, identify variables, collect and organize data, interpret data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions. SC.7.N.1.5 Describe the methods used in the pursuit of a scientific explanation as seen in different fields of science such as biology, geology, and physics. SC.7.N.3.2 Identify the benefits and limitations of the use of scientific models. In collaboration with the English Language Arts department, students will show mastery in the following Language Arts standards: Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue. (LAFS.6.RI.3.7) Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. (LAFS.6.W.1.3) Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (LAFS.6.W.2.4) With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (LAFS.6.W.2.5) Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting. (LAFS.6.W.2.6)

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
This project also embraces the 5C's of 21st century learners - communication, collaboration, critical thinking, citizenship and creativity and will encourage students to move beyond the basics will make learning come to life and emulate what the world will be like when my students are out of school. This project will encourage class discussions, creative and critical thinking skills and application of student learning to solve real world problems. Through class discussions and completed products I will be able to assess student learning. This project also embraces the 5C's of 21st century learners - communication, collaboration, critical thinking, citizenship and creativity and will encourage students to move beyond the basics will make learning come to life and emulate what the world will be like when our students are out of school. Through pre and post-assessments, class discussions, completed graphic organizers and self-reflections, I will assess my student's understanding of the science standards covered in class while using the VR Headsets. Throughout the activities, students will blog where they will log their learning in journal entries, which will help with their literacy skills. Students will also write reflections based on 3 questions - What did you accomplish? What did you learn? How did it make you feel?

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
These virtual reality headsets and phones will provide multi-sensory learning experiences which foster innovation, communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity skills. Virtual reality is the next best thing to actual reality. The virtual reality headsets, phones and cameras would be used throughout the entire school year for any learning experiences/activities that would tie into the curriculum – not just in my science classes. With 6 VR headsets, I will have the ability to run virtual expeditions in small groups. For example, if we're discussing different parts of the ocean, we can dive deep into the abyss of the ocean and see the different creatures that live there. These experiences will create excitement among students while allowing for students to experience the outside world in a means deeper than simply reacting to what's observed through a page in a textbook. Students will be able to use the GoPro Fusion cameras to film their own VR experiences. For example, if we are learning about force and motion, students will be able to create a VR video showing forces and motion in action in the dance classroom or on the PE field. If students are learning about Sound in science, they can create a VR experience explaining how sound is produced on a cello from orchestra class or drums in band class. These headsets, phones and cameras might seem like frivolous tools, but my students deserve the resources that will allow them to explore the world so they can make it a better place when they are outside my classroom walls. This project will encourage class discussions, creative and critical thinking skills and application of student learning to solve real world problems. Through class discussions and completed products I will be able to assess student learning.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
I plan to measure student success by reviewing student blogs and hosting class discussions to see what students thought of the virtual experience field trips. Through formative assessments I will monitor student learning and will adjust lessons to ensure student mastery of project objectives. I would like to have 100% of my students complete at least 2 virtual field trips throughout the year, and have 80% create their own virtual field trip using the GoPro Cameras which will be shared on our school website and our classroom YouTube Channel.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
Throughout this project, students will blog about their learning in online journals and will share their Virtual Field trips on the class YouTube Channel, which will help with their literacy and writing skills, and will allow people outside of our community to be able to experience the virtual field trips created by my students. We also have a school website and Youtube channel where we can share student work. Students will be able to check out the GoPro cameras from the school to use when they are at home or if they travel somewhere and would like to create a virtual field trip for their class. This will help bridge the home-school connection so students will be able to see that what they learn at school will help them when they are outside of school.


Service/ Item Description Cost
5 - Oculus Gear VR Headsets 649.95
5 - Samsung Galaxy Smartphones 599.95
5 - GoPro Fusion Camera 1500
5 - SD Cards 249.95
Total Cost of Project 2999.80
Total Requested from TERRA 2999.80
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I, Rebekka Stasny, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Jamara Clark,the Principal of Rowlett Middle Academy and any other individuals required by my school district.