Mini-Grant Application for School Year 19/20

Submitted by: Kyle Cobb Email: Grade Level: 9-12 Subject: Science, Technology, Engineeri
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School: Fort Pierce Westwood Academy Type: Public Grade Levels:9-12 County:Saint Lucie

Approx. Enrollment: 1950 Number of teachers:100

School Address:

1801 Panther Lane
Fort Pierce, Florida 34957

Phone: 7724685400 Principal:Joseph Lezeau Email:

Twitter: @WestPrepRobotics #WestPrep

Project Title: Electronics and Renewable Energy
Project Dates: 01/01/2020-03/01/2020 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Electrical Circuits- Renewable Energy - Electrical Math Formulas - Technology

The proposed topic will address topics within the area of Renewable Energy, Electronics, and STEAM. The project will utilize a Lego EV3 Add on system to renewable energies. The purpose of these add on kits is to allow students to learn about and experiment with renewable energy with a focus on wind and solar. As the industrialized world moves more towards the use and expansion of solar technology for the production of power it is critical that our students have a solid understand of the technology that exist around them and how they can use it within their own lives. As part of this project students will conduct experiment utilizing the solar panels and wind collectors to measure their output and determine the best circumstances to make them the most efficient. With this, students will use these new pieces of equipment with equipment that we already posses to make the panels more effective, as well as creating more real world scenarios to explore.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
1. At Fort Pierce Westwood Academy we are all about innovation and the future. My program, which is the Engineering and Robotics Program, focuses on technology and it application in the world of electronics and robotics. The one aspect that we are not yet able to address due to funding limitation is the area of renewable energies. This is a critical area for our student to explore which is why the project has been created. The innovation of this project will come in when students are creating their own renewable energy systems within larger projects to power items them have created. During this project student will have to create their final product which will require teaming up with other students to acquire enough power from renewable sources to power their project. This project could range from a small electronic to a model city the student builds. Within this project student will learn about history and background of renewable energy as well as the current paths forwards.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
1. Our Engineering and Robotics Program address several topics within the area of Electronic Engineering, as well as other STEAM related topics. Two of my CTE standards directly speak of solar and renewable energies. 1. 10.02 Compare and contrast the forms of energy (e.g., thermal, solar, mechanical, kinetic, potential, et al.) employed in robotics. 2. 29.05 Compare and contrast various sources for powering robotic systems, including solar cells, batteries, and radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs).

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
1. As for the classroom and the school the long-lasting change will be adding additional learning opportunities to an CTE program which is directly beneficial to local solar providing companies in the area as our graduating students will have a basic understanding of how solar operates. It is my hope that we will be able to create a large solar system in the coming years that would provide a stronger education to the student and exposes the community to the benefit of solar energy.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
1. Students will use a variety of technology including the Lego EV3 Solar Kits, Digital Multimeters, DC Power Supplies, Oscilloscopes, as well as other basic electronics to create their projects such as LEDs, resistor networks, or other small electronic devices.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
1. The evidence of student learning will be evident in their final project that will ask them to create something that is powered by the power generating network they have created with another student. Within this project student will be exposed to cross curricular topics in History, ELA, and Math which would be reflected in their FSA Scores.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
1. Part of our program is a competitive robotics team that is currently in their first year. It is the intention to have this team building a solar/wind system that can power their competitive robotic system. This system as well as the in class project will be shared with the community in a variety of ways that are already being utilized, including Twitter, Facebook, and a Community Newsletter.


Service/ Item Description Cost
13 EV3 Science Add-On Pack 5005270 2143.70
1 Pitsco Education Ray Catcher Maker Project 560.00
Taxes 189.26
Total Cost of Project 2892.96
Total Requested from TERRA 2892.96
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I, Kyle Cobb, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Joseph Lezeau,the Principal of Fort Pierce Westwood Academy and any other individuals required by my school district.