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Forty-six of my sixth grade math students will use a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics challenge to be able to beat the floods by making sure their homes are flood-proof before the next rainy season.

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Relevant - Beat the Flood

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School:
Largo Middle School 
Subject:
Mathematics 
Teacher:
Brittany Fuller 
Students Impacted:
46 
Grade:
Date:
December 16, 2015

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Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Jabil - $450.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 150

My students had such a great experience with this project.  They created posters and PowerPoints to showcase their findings.  Some of their great work is attached below.  My students enjoyed researching different flood resistant designs in other countries and comparing them to our houses here in Florida.  Each week they were given a task towards completion of their project which helped students set weekly goals. 

 

When my students presented their findings to the class, you could tell through their excitement, they enjoyed this project.  They wanted students to ask them questions about their project and were glad to share videos they found along with pictures they took throughout the project on the construction of their model homes.

 

My students wanted to display their model homes in the media center for the students and staff at our school to see.  We are also having an International Family Night at our school and my students are so excited to be there to explain why they chose the design they did and show videos of their house withstanding a flood.

 

Receiving this grant money allowed my students to have this exciting educational experience.  The funds allowed me to purchase all the materials my students needed to be able to construct and present their projects.  Many of the students would not have financially been able to buy the necessary materials and through the funding I received, my students will now have a project that they will remember for years to come!  I had several parents e-mail me telling me how much fun their families had with this project and how much the families learned about Bangladesh.  

 

Thank you so much for all you did for my students.

 

Brittany Fuller

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Beat the Flood Presentation 1

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Beat the Flood Presentation 2

 

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Beat the Flood Presentation 3

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Beat the Flood Presentation 4

 

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Beat the Flood Presentation 5

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Beat the Flood Presentation 6

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

Forty-six of my sixth grade math students will use a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics challenge to be able to beat the floods by making sure their homes are flood-proof before the next rainy season. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students are a community living on Watu; a small island in the Indian Ocean. Over the past 5 years they have seen a massive increase in rainfall, causing many of the island’s rivers to flood at least twice a year. Your traditional homes made from earth floors, wooden frames and topped with corrugated iron roofs are regularly damaged or lost as they’re not designed to withstand flooding.

During the month of January, students will design a home for their community on Watu Island that is able to withstand the effects of flooding, and make a model of their design so they can test it. This will be done during instructional time and during lunches.
• Design sheets - develop a design specification, design ideas and final design of their flood-resistant home
• A model of their home (no larger than 30cm by 30cm)
• A flood test - they will need to stand their model in 5cm of water and squirt with a hose for 2 minutes from 1 meter away
• A Presentation of their findings in February

Currently in my International Studies math class, we are using global awareness to design and test models to demonstrate our knowledge of how math is all around us and how we can help to be global citizens.  

 

Benefits to my students

At the end of the challenge (February), forty-six students will be given 5 minutes to present their work to the island community (class of students) over two class periods.

It will include:
* Their findings about the areas and homes most at risk in their community.
* Why they chose the design they developed, including their choice of materials and structure.
* How their team worked together to design a flood-resistant house.
* How their model stood up to the flood test.
* What they would do differently if you did it again.

Students will also be providing a real world connection and explaining how people with a career in this field apply or use this knowledge through a written explanation with evidence based research. 

 

Describe the Students

I will be focusing this grant on my sixth grade International Studies math students. My forty-six students are high performers and with that, need highly engaging challenges. My students are risk takers and are very inquisitive. They are each unique and open minded.  

 

Budget Narrative

The materials will be used by the students to construct their flood-resistant houses that will be 30cm by 30cm. Each student will be given the materials and they will use them as they need to build their model.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Masking Tape $50.00
2 Clay $100.00
3 Aluminum Foil $150.00
4 Popsicle Sticks $150.00
  Total: $450.00

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