Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2019-20

Submitted by: Brain Parrish Email: Grade Level: PreK-5 Subject: Math, Science, Reading, STEAM
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School: Ochwilla Elementary School Type: Public Grade Levels:Pk-5 County:Putnam

Approx. Enrollment: 350 Number of teachers:20

School Address:

299 State Rd 21
Hawthorne, Florida 32640

Phone: 352-481-0204 Principal:Beth Leary Email:

Facebook: Ochwilla Elementary School
Twitter: @PutnamSchoolsFl

Project Title: Thinking and Creating Outside the Box!
Project Dates: November -May Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Critical Thinking- Problem-Solving- Communication - Collaboration

Students need to learn to think outside the box! They are the next generation of inventors, engineers, and creators! We have built a STEAM lab for our school and would like our students to have the tools to use this lab to create! We want to provide them with Technology to research and plan out their creations. We then want them to build their creations, test them, rework them and then share them with the world! Our first STEAM challenge which we are asking for help to fund is based around Science: gravity, friction, forces, and motions Technology: coding, sensors, data collection, Engineering: Ask, Brainstorm, Design, Build, Test, Improve, Communicate. Math; Analyze data, speed, and time. They will do all of this while racing cars on a track the students will plan and build. Each grade level will be a little different but all 350 students will rotate through and be apart of this project.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
This project is innovating because the students will be innovators! They will need to plan and build a racetrack which will help them think critically, solve problems and learn to work collaboratively! They will each build their own racecar as well. They will cover math, science, and reading standards, as well as technology and computer science standards. They will have access to 3D printing, Makey Makey's, sensors, switches, old computer parts, and everyday tools such as; hammers, screwdrivers, Dremel rotary tools (with teachers' assistance), pliers, Measuring tape, nuts and bolts, and much more. I think this is very innovating for elementary school students.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
SC.5P.10.1, SC.5.P.13.1, SC.5.P.13.2, SC.4P.12., Sc.5.p.13.3, Sc.5.p.13.4, MAFS.5.MD.1.1, MAFS.5.MD.2.2, MAFS.5.G.2.4 Students in K-5 learn about energy, movement, push or pulls, gravity, force and motion so this project fits in well with all of those standards. It is hands-on and fun so the students will remember what they learned. Research shows if you can connect learning to real-life students will retain their learning. Science and Math concepts that are hard for students to understand will be taught for mastery. Students will collect, analyze and manipulate data that is also a math standard for our students.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
This project is changing the way students learn and teachers teach through bringing science and math to life for students. We will share our project with everyone and show them how we can apply standards to real-life situations to help students understanding. This project is just the beginning of many more. Students will research issues locally and globally to see what impact they can make on the issues, and what improvements they can make. Teaching the students now that they can make a change for the better will have a huge impact on their future.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
Technology will be utilized to collect data, analyze data, record progress, share progress locally and globally, It will also be used for coding, 3D printing, Electronic portfolio, planning, and collaboration.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
We will access students' prior knowledge and then access them after the first project to see if they have improved. We will also keep an electronic portfolio to see the student's progress. The students will blog about the project to keep everyone informed about their progress. We will survey students, teachers, and parents to see how they think the project is going and went for future projects.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
Participants will share their projects through their blog, the district and schools Facebook page, Twitter, Newspaper, podcast, and Parent Nights. We will also publish on YouTube and school/District websites.


Service/ Item Description Cost
Micro Switches $120
Motors, servos, arduino kits $1256
Supplies: glue, screws, nuts, sandpaper, hinges, 3D Filiment, $550
Wood and PVC pipes, $600
glue guns (class) $210
Total Cost of Project $2736
Total Requested from TERRA $2736
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I, Brain Parrish, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Beth Leary ,the Principal of Ochwilla Elementary School and any other individuals required by my school district.