Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2019-2020

Submitted by: Christina Griffis Email: Grade Level: 7-8th grades an Subject: Computer Science, Biology, Gen
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School: Putnam Academy of Arts and Sciences Type: Charter Grade Levels:6-8 County:Putnam

Approx. Enrollment: 198 Number of teachers:11

School Address:

310 South Palm Ave
Palatka, FL 32131

Phone: 386-326-4212 Principal:Curtis Ellis Email:

Facebook: Putnam Academy of Arts and Science
Twitter: @sgaboriau, @Christi18256168, #SPRKcuriosity

Project Title: SPRK their Curiosity
Project Dates: November -May Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Computer Science/STEAM- Biology- General Science -

In this project students will use the Engineering Design Process to solve real life problems such as the Global Goals (SDGs) using SPRK+ and Bolt robotics. Students will not only learn to code but they will team up with the Palatka High School, St Johns River State College, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and other schools around the world to learn more about STEAM and STEAM careers. The students will use critical thinking skills, creativity, communication skills and collaboration throughout the project. We are looking to purchase the SPRK+ and Bolt robotics due to their capability to go under water and the advanced sensors on these robots.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
Because our school is located in one of the highest poverty areas in the State of Florida and because students do not have a lot of opportunities in our area, this project is innovative. With this project students will not only learn about robotics and JavaScript but also will be able to collaborate on SPRK+ and Bolt projects with the high school, college, local businesses, and schools from around the world through the Lighting Lab app that comes with SPRK+ robotics.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
(SC.7.N.1.3) (SC.7.N.1.1) (SC.7.N.3.2) SC.7.L.17.1 Explain and illustrate the roles of and relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in the process of energy transfer in a food web. High SC.7.L.17.2 Compare and contrast the relationships among organisms such as mutualism, predation, parasitism, competition, and commensalism. Moderate SC.7.L.17.3 Describe and investigate various limiting factors in the local ecosystem an SC.7.E.6.6 Identify the impact that humans have had on Earth, such as deforestation, urbanization, desertification, erosion, air quality, and water quality, changing the flow of water. Moderate SC.7.P.10.2 Observe that light can be reflected, refracted, and absorbed. Moderate SC.7.L.15.1 Recognize that fossil evidence is consistent with the scientific theory of evolution that living things evolved from earlier species. Moderate SC.7.L.15.2 Explore the scientific theory of evolution by recognizing and explaining ways in which genetic variation and environmental factors contribute to evolution by natural selection and diversity of organisms. High SC.7.L.15.3 Explore the scientific theory of evolution by relating how the inability of a species to adapt within a changing environment may contribute to the extinction of that species. High Sphero SPRK+ will assist the students in their Life Science standards. For example, students will use Sphero to create an Oceanic Food web. At the end of the activity, students will be able to model and describe the interdependence of the organisms within the ecosystem, as well as describe the flow of energy within the food web itself. With Sphero SPRK+ or Bolt, the students can explore human impact on the Earth and explore solutions to problems that are a result of those impacts. An example includes designing a device that will remove oil from an oil spill. The challenge will be to maximize the removal. In Physical Science, students can explore the reflection, refraction, and absorption of light waves by using SPRK+ and the app in the white light setting. Students will be able to explore and conduct an investigation on how light is viewed; when all colors are combined, how they can see a rainbow in white light.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
STEAM careers are growing daily, and we want our students to have the necessary skills for these new careers. Our high school offers different technology and engineering courses, but, unfortunately, we do not have enough students interested in these courses, due to not having exposure to STEM at a young age. We are hoping, by introducing students to these courses in middle school, to increase interest at the high school level. Georgia-Pacific is the second largest employer in our county. Unfortunately, most people employed by Georgia-Pacific reside outside of Putnam County; therefore, their money is spent out of the county. We want to introduce our students to STEAM at an early age in the hopes of getting them interested in STEAM fields, in the hopes that they will want to pursue careers in these fields, and in the hopes that they will remain in our community, work for Georgia-Pacific, or open a new business in our area.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
Technology will be used to program the robots. We will also keep an electronic journal of our work; some students will use Flipgrid, others Google or another format. We will create videos to upload to our Facebook page and website. We will also use Lightning Lab to collaborate with other schools from around the world on our project. Additionally, we will Skype/Google Meet with the high school and college.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
The students will complete a pretest of the standards before a lesson is covered and SPRK+ introduced. At the conclusion of the standards, an exit ticket on standards covered will be given and assessed. During the exercises, formative assessments will be conducted and documented in the Teacher’s electronic journal. Photographs and videos will be included in teacher’s electronic journal as well.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
*Share on our school Facebook *High school Facebook Page *District Facebook Page *District Twitter *Parent Night *Newspaper *YouTube *School Board Meeting


Service/ Item Description Cost
SPRK+ 12 pack 1,199.99
Sphero Bolt 15 pack 1,949.99
Total Cost of Project 3,149.98
Total Requested from TERRA 3,000.00
If matching funds identified list source:
Donated Goods/Services: 149.98

I, Christina Griffis, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Curtis Ellis,the Principal of Putnam Academy of Arts and Sciences and any other individuals required by my school district.