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The goals of Adding a Little Art to Our STEM Academy is 1- to encourage student collaboration and creative thinking; 2 - to increase the scope of our STEM Academy by adding an artistic element; and 3 - to improve the aesthetics of our campus by creating and displaying original pieces of art.

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Thanks Adding a Little Art to Our STEM Academy

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School:
McMullen Booth Elementary School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Angela Johnson-Drummond 
 
Linda Crawley 
Students Impacted:
20 
Grade:
Date:
October 30, 2016

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Pinellas Education Foundation - $301.90

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Goal

The goals of Adding a Little Art to Our STEM Academy is 1- to encourage student collaboration and creative thinking; 2 - to increase the scope of our STEM Academy by adding an artistic element; and 3 - to improve the aesthetics of our campus by creating and displaying original pieces of art. 

 

What will be done with my students

For both pendulum painting and string art, students will be incorporating creative and artistic solutions to mathematical and scientific problems.
The physics of Pendulum Painting will be introduced as step one of the Engineering Design Process. After, students in teams of four will use their engineering skills to construct a support system (the pendulum) of out the provided materials. A total of four pendulums will be built, each housing a different colored paint. Each student will have their own canvas and will rotate them through each pendulum as desired to create their painting. As the pendulum follows an elliptical path, the students will adjust the pendulum’s path to add variety and interest. The four individual canvases will make a larger artifact when displayed together.
The String Art project will first be introduced on a small scale in order for students to gain experience in using straight lines to form curves. Afterwards, students will be grouped into teams of 4 to create 5 pieces of original art by creating geometric patterns. The students will be provided the materials and it will be up to them to work as a team to design and string the yarn between evenly placed points to form geometric patterns. Each team will be challenged to create slightly different angles and metric positions at which strings intersect to demonstrate their understanding of the mathematical concept. The finished projects will be displayed on campus to encourage conversation about the connection between art and mathematical concepts and to celebrate the teamwork and collaboration it took to create the pieces.
 

 

Benefits to my students

According to the Florida Department of Education, “STEM education requires an integrated learning approach where problem solving and engineering practices are included, where technology is seamlessly integrated throughout, and where there are high expectations for achievement in mathematics and science”. The students in the STEM Academy may not always have an opportunity to shine in a regular classroom but in STEM the constraints are loosened and these students persevere through a variety of challenges that require them to work together to solve problems. Additionally, STEM is not limited to only science and mathematics, by integrating art into the mix, academy students get an opportunity to improve learning, processing, creativity and communication skills. All of these skills are key aspects when striving to tackle real-world problems.  

 

Describe the Students

Students who will be participating in the project are in 5th grade. The targeted students include both boys and girls who have applied to participate in our 5th grade STEM Academy. These students are an academically diverse group of students including ESE, gifted, and ESOL learners. Each student brings their own unique qualities and talents to the group, that are not always detected in a general classroom setting. 

 

Budget Narrative

Adding a Little Art to Our STEM Academy requires the purchase of materials to complete two projects: String Art and Pendulum Painting. The majority of the materials purchased can be used to repeat the projects with students in the future. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 WonderBoard Lite 5 ft. X 3 ft X ¼ in. 5 @ $9.77 each $48.85
2 Nails: #16 – ½ in 3 Penny Vinyl Coated Steel Paneling Nails, 6 oz. 4 pkg @ 2.37 $9.48
3 Mounting Anchors: Tapcon ¼” X 2 ¼” Hex-Washer-Head Concrete Anchor 1 @ $17.98 $17.98
4 Paint: Behr Premium Plus Semi-Gloss Enamel, 1 gallon $28.98 $28.98
5 Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Yarn, 6 oz. 315 yds. per skein, 10 skeins @ #3.00 each $30.00
6 ½”X 10’ 600 PSI Schedule 40 PVC Plain End Pipe, 10 pipes @ $2.39 each $23.90
7 ½” CPVC Slip X Slip X Slip Tee, 32 @ $0.25 each $8.00
8 ½” CPVC CTS 90-Degree Slip X Slip Elbow (10 pack), 4 packs @ $1.97 each $7.88
9 Plastic cover for floor: HDX 9’ X 12” 0.7 mil Drop Cloth, 2 @ $1.98 $3.96
10 Paper/Canvas: Artist’s Loft Necessities Super Value Canvas Pack, 12X 16” 6 per pack, 5 packs at $19.99 each $99.95
11 Acrylic Paint: 4 colors, $3.88 each $15.52
12 Tempera Paint: 4 colors, $1.85 each $7.40
  Total: $301.90

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