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Goal 1: Students in grades 3-5 will enhance their creative and critical thinking skills by applying guided problem solving strategies. Students will be confronted with complex problems and situations at each of 4 stations. Goal 2: Students in grades 3-5 will demonstrate cooperative team building skills as they successfully address real-world projects at the HoPS (Hands-on Problem Solving) workshop. Students will need to work together to follow a set of specific directions, gather information, and complete tasks. This goal will be assessed by the use of rubrics at each station. Goal 3: Students in grades 3-5 will apply a variety of subject-area knowledge (including mathematics, reading, and science) to real-world problems in order to develop a solution. This goal will also be assessed with the use of rubrics at each station.

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HoPS: Hands-on Problem Solving Challenge

School:
Safety Harbor Elementary School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Kristen Conley 
 
Sarah Webb, Alyson Wise, Melina Tickner, Karen Densler, Deanne Twite, Michelle Brennan, Janay Trout 
Students Impacted:
302 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
September 20, 2016

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - Tag - $1,500.00

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Goal

Goal 1: Students in grades 3-5 will enhance their creative and critical thinking skills by applying guided problem solving strategies. Students will be confronted with complex problems and situations at each of 4 stations. Goal 2: Students in grades 3-5 will demonstrate cooperative team building skills as they successfully address real-world projects at the HoPS (Hands-on Problem Solving) workshop. Students will need to work together to follow a set of specific directions, gather information, and complete tasks. This goal will be assessed by the use of rubrics at each station. Goal 3: Students in grades 3-5 will apply a variety of subject-area knowledge (including mathematics, reading, and science) to real-world problems in order to develop a solution. This goal will also be assessed with the use of rubrics at each station.  

 

What will be done with my students

Every 3rd-5th grade student at Safety Harbor Elementary will participate in the HoPS (Hands-on Problem Solving) workshop that is brought to our school by the HoPS program facilitators. HoPS is considered an in-school field trip.This event allows students to work in teams of 4 to conquer a variety of creative and critical thinking tasks. These tasks can vary from complex 3-D puzzles, to catapult building, to designing a mechanism that will move a magnetic ball through a maze. This workshop is a 3 hour event which begins with an introduction/directions session, the station activities (rotations), and a closing ceremony with awards and reflection opportunities. The workshop will take place three days in a row in which each grade level will participate on one of the three days.  

 

Benefits to my students

This HoPS event will not only benefit 300 students in grades 3-5, but also the sixteen 3rd-5th grade teachers. This event allows all students to expose his/her individual strengths in areas such as leadership, creative thinking, critical problem solving, inventions/architecture, time-management, and following specific directions. This HoPS event allows teachers to recognize strengths in their students that they may not have seen in the general education classroom setting. Students are encouraged to think "out of the box" as they address these complex problems and activities and develop solutions.  

 

Describe the Students

Of the 302 total 3rd-5th grade students, there are 40 Hispanic students, 30 black students, 17 multiracial students, 6 Asian students, and 209 white students. There are 45 gifted students in grades 3-5. There are 31 ESE students in grades 3-5. Safety Harbor Elementary earned a state grade of a B. The socioeconomic status of the majority of students is middle class.  

 

Budget Narrative

The HoPS workshop costs $10 per student in order for them to participate. This cost covers supplies, all of the activities, and the awards at the end. With 302 3rd through 5th grade students, we would need a total of $3020 in order for them to all participate.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Admission for 302 students to the HoPS workshop at $10 each $1,500.00
  Total: $1,500.00

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