Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2019-2020

Submitted by: Thomas Westly Email: Grade Level: 4th-6th Subject: STEM/Agriculture
Co-Applicant:Cathie Zanella Email: zanellac@flaglerschools.comGrade level: K-6 Subject: Health Sciences/Agriculture

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

Approx. Enrollment: 1 Number of teachers:67

School Address:

305 N Palmetto St
Bunnell, FL 32110

Phone: 3864377533 Principal:Marcus Sanfilippo Email:


Project Title: Floating Farmlands for a Sustainable Future
Project Dates: December 2-May 2019 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :STEM- Agriculture- Environmental Science -

This project will provide our students with the opportunity to design and build their own Floating Farmland Models, to explore how we can bring fresh food to cities that are experiencing rising sea levels and disappearing soil. Our own community battles rising sea levels each year, making this project a community and global endeavor. Our school features a Green Technology and Agriscience Flagship program, with both a STEM class and Agriculture/Health class that students visit throughout the year. We are requesting a Dremel 3D printer, along with supplies for students to design and build prototypes of their Floating Farmlands. This project is a partnership between our STEM and Agriculture/Health classes, providing students the opportunity to explore their interests in agriscience and STEM, while bridging the connection between these areas. To help inspire students and provide more expertise in these areas, we will provide opportunities for our classes to video conference with experts in this field, as well as having them provide guidance throughout the design and building process.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
This project is innovative, providing students with opportunities to solve real world problems in innovative and sustainable ways. By creating Floating Farms, students learn about rising sea levels and other issues occurring as a result of human practices. Our goal is to inspire students to become problem solvers, and leaders helping to transform our world and create a sustainable future.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
Students will learn about sustainable resources, and how we can help utilize renewable resources when designing new buildings and inventions. SC.4.E.6.3 Recognize that humans need resources found on Earth and that these are either renewable or nonrenewable. Students will utilize the engineering process to build a model that solves a real world problem. SC.35.CS-CS.2.4 Solve real-world problems in science and engineering using computational thinking skills. SC.35.CS-CS.1.2, SC.68.CS-CS.2.2 Describe how models and simulations can be used to solve real-world issues in science and engineering. SC.68.CS-CS.1.3 Evaluate what kinds of real-world problems can be solved using modeling and simulation.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
This project will help students focus on helping build a sustainable future, and learn how they can help protect the earth. One of their projects could potentially help reduce our rising sea levels, and create a new source of food for our community and the world. This project will also help inspire other students and adults to do what they can to help protect our community and world. In addition to this project, the 3D printer, robotics, and other supplies will be available for students to use when designing items throughout the year. Our goal is to inspire students to solve community and global problems, by providing them with the resources they need to innovate and create.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
Students will utilize the 3-D printer to design and print prototypes of their floating farm. They will use robotics items such as servo motors, switches, sensors, and other supplies to build their floating farm prototype and test their model for functionality and efficiency. Students will then have the opportunity to tweak their designs as they continue working through the engineering process. Students will also video conference with science and engineering experts to gain feedback about their designs.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
During our STEM and Agriculture/Health classes, students will take a pre and post test to determine their knowledge of the standards included in this project. Students will also have the opportunity to explain their inventions at our annual district-wide Flagship Showcase.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
Students will share their working prototypes at our annual district-wide Flagship showcase. We also plan to share photos and videos of our projects with all local news sources and on our social media websites. We plan to get feedback from industry professionals and other experts, by facilitating video conference sessions once students build their initial prototypes.


Service/ Item Description Cost
Dremel 3D Printer Education Kit      $1,600
Robotics Supplies      $1,000
Miscellaneous Supplies (for Floating Farm Prototypes)      $300
Total Cost of Project $2,900
Total Requested from TERRA $2,900
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I, Thomas Westly, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Marcus Sanfilippo,the Principal of Bunnell Elementary School and any other individuals required by my school district.