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To give ESE students (with intellectual disabilities) a hands on way to learn about physics while using problem solving to create models of simple machines and to use Newton's laws to create models of roller coasters.

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Jabil- STEM science building manipulatives for ESE students

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School:
Pinellas Secondary 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Alicia Zizzo-Harrell 
Students Impacted:
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
October 31, 2016

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Jabil - $300.00

Pinellas Education Foundation - $349.90

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Goal

To give ESE students (with intellectual disabilities) a hands on way to learn about physics while using problem solving to create models of simple machines and to use Newton's laws to create models of roller coasters. 

 

What will be done with my students

With the simple machines set, students will learn first hand about how simple machines are used in the real world as well as how they function. They will build a simple machine which will give them a greater understanding of how these machines are built.

With the roller coaster set, students will apply Newton's laws of motion to accelerate, decelerate, start and stop a roller coaster car. They will strategically put together a coaster while learning why their coaster is either working or not working, which allows them the opportunity to problem solve at that point. 

 

Benefits to my students

Students with tactile and kinesthetic modes of learning will benefit because they are actually handling the objects. Through these experiences, they will acquire the background knowledge to understand principles of science that they would have otherwise read about, watched a video on, or received a lecture on. 

 

Describe the Students

My ESE students are those with Intellectual Disabilities which are students with IQs under 70. They are cognitively lower than the average student and are learning on "access points" which are standards based on their level of functioning. These students are exposed to the same content as general education students, only they learn the material in a different way. We use hands on experiments and projects, videos, and discussions in the classroom to facilitate their varying modalities. 

 

Budget Narrative

This budget of $649.90 will go toward the acquisition of K'nex building sets for an ESE classroom. This money will allow students to learn hands on about simple machines and about physics. Each set contains enough pieces for a classroom. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 K'NEX® Roller Coaster Physics Set, Set of 2,039 $274.95
2 K'NEX® Simple Machines Deluxe Set, Set of 3,447 $374.95
  Total: $649.90

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