Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2019-2020

Submitted by: Christopher Braucher Email: Grade Level: 9-12 Subject: Solar Energy, Principles of Te
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School: Matanzas High School Type: Public Grade Levels:9-12 County:Flagler

Approx. Enrollment: Number of teachers:1650

School Address:


Phone: 386-447-1575 Principal:Mr. Jeff Reaves Email:


Project Title: MHS Student-Built Solar Charging Station
Project Dates: 12-2019-5-2020 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Science- Renewable Energy- Technology - Teaching and Learning

The purpose of our project is to incorporate solar-based technology into our school environment and help other schools in the district to create solar charging stations at their schools. We plan to use solar panels to provide our students with environment-friendly and renewable energy for charging. We will build a solar charging station in the courtyard where students can charge their devices when it is low so they can continue doing their work without worrying about their devices dying. Ultimately, when this design has been completed we will explore more areas around the school. This will allow faculty and staff to power whatever they have to in either their office or anything mobile using solar energy. We will also be traveling to schools around the county to educate and motivate students to help create their own charging stations at their schools.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
Our project is student driven. Students from the Principles of Technology class of 2018-2019 have created the designs, calculated the specifications and built a prototype. This year the students in the Solar Energy Class will lead the students from this year's Principles of Technology, AP Environmental Science, and Physics classes to properly install the solar charging station with the help of Plant Services of the Flagler County Public Schools. In addition, students at MHS will utilize solar energy as a way to supplement our schools current power output and to create a social environment for the students. Student will be able to see firsthand how effective solar energy can be, and will influence the next generation to make use of renewable energy.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
I would just like to take a moment to say that this section and the budget section of this application are the only ones that I, Mr. Braucher, have written. I have helped to edit and amend sections of this application but the students in my Solar Energy class have written the rest of this grant. These students have already made a prototype solar charging station last year. They have created multiple designs, had meetings with administration where they have presented their designs and changed them based on feedback from the meetings. They have tested a prototype version of a charging station and now they are ready to incorporate this solar charging station into the campus of MHS. Here are the standards that will be covered in tis project. SC.912.N.1.7 Recognize the role of creativity in constructing scientific questions, methods and explanations. - Students have created the plans, made a prototype, tested the output, created a design for the implementation of this solar panel project and created a presentation for Plant Services to go over the implementation of solar panels into the school's courtyard. SC.912.L.17.11: Evaluate the costs and benefits of renewable and nonrenewable resources, such as water, energy, fossil fuels, wildlife, and forests. SC.912.L.17.19 Describe how different natural resources are produced and how their rates of use and renewal limit availability. --Students will use this charging station as an information kiosk to teach other students about renewable energy and the practical use of solar energy. SC.912.P.10.1 Differentiate among the various forms of energy and recognize that they can be transformed from one form to others. SC.912.P.10.14 Differentiate among conductors, semiconductors, and insulators. SC.912.P.10.15 Investigate and explain the relationships among current, voltage, resistance, and power. --Any Physics, Physical Science, or related Math course can use the data supplied by the bluetooth module to calculate power, current, voltage, or efficiency of the solar panel and battery. Other variables can be monitored and studied to see its effect on the overall efficiency of the solar panels such as temperature, solar irradiance, wind speed, or precipitation.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
Incorporating solar power to our campus will allow our school to reduce our carbon footprint. The use of solar energy will make it possible for students and staff to use electricity in our courtyard and other parts of our campus that don’t have easy access to power. Additionally, we hope that by showcasing the abilities of solar power, more students and schools will be interested in using renewable energy.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
We will be creating social spaces where students can charge their school-issued laptops. We plan to place solar panel systems in areas of the campus where students tend to congregate, as well as in many of our school’s walkways. We also have future plans to place solar panel systems in our guard shack and on our school’s concession stands.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
A randomized sample of students will take a survey about their knowledge of solar energy before the project is completed. We will then take another randomized sample of students and quiz their knowledge after the project is completed.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
Students will share this project with the local elementary, middle and high schools in the community. Students will inform them of the benefits of renewable energy and provide them with the knowledge needed to create their own systems. We will post information near where we place the solar panels in order to inform the students using our projects about how it works.


Service/ Item Description Cost
Solar Panels, Charge Controller, Inverter, Battery and cables $2,220
Hardware used to install solar panels $400
Battery and Component Box -protection from weather and tampering $380
Total Cost of Project $3000.00
Total Requested from TERRA $3,000.00
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I, Christopher Braucher, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Mr. Jeff Reaves,the Principal of Matanzas High School and any other individuals required by my school district.