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Eighty-eight 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 model homes are flood-proof before the next rainy season to help prevent the increase in environmental refugees across the world.

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Jabil - Hurry, Floods are Coming

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School:
Largo Middle School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Brittany Fuller 
Students Impacted:
88 
Grade:
Date:
November 1, 2016

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Jabil - $400.00

Pinellas Education Foundation - $450.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 80

My students had such a great experience with this project.  They created posters, Prezi's and PowerPoints to showcase their findings.  Some of their great work is attached below.  I included the assignment that I gave the students to use to begin thinking of their design ideas.  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 (pictures below) 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!

 

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

 

Brittany Fuller

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Some students showing off their projects

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Sample student poster board

 

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Sample student poster board

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Housese displayed in media center

 

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Houses displayed in media center

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Houses displayed in media center

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

Eighty-eight 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 model homes are flood-proof before the next rainy season to help prevent the increase in environmental refugees across the world.  

 

What will be done with my students

My students have been watching environmental videos to understand the impact the environment and people have on communities and they decided they would like to try to help people around the world from becoming environmental refugees. The following video sparked their interest in this project, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj6ee_UZ-Io.

Students will be acting like a community living on Watu; a small fictitious 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. Their 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, I will challenge my students to 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 with items native to the island. This will be done during instructional time, during lunches and at home.
• 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 March

Currently in my International Studies math class, we are using global awareness to design and test models to demonstrate their 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 (March), eighty-eight 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 on poster board.
* Why they chose the design they developed, including their choice of materials and structure.
* How they worked together to design a flood-resistant house.
* How their model stood up to the flood test then after the flood test and redesign, mount the model home on foam poster board to be displayed in the media center.
* 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. Students will also need to connect there model to the video and how there model might prevent families from becoming environmental refugees around the world in the future.
 

 

Describe the Students

I will be focusing this grant on my sixth grade International Studies math students. My eighty-eight 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. I want to be able to push my students academically and allow them to problem-solve based on their needs and wants from classroom discussions. My students are passionate about this topic and allowing them to develop and design a model home would help increase student engagement.  

 

Budget Narrative

The materials will be used by the students to construct their flood-resistant model 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 based on their research. Students will use the foam poster board as a base to display their final product in the media center for family night. Students will use the poster board for their presentation to defend their results to the community (classmates), as many of my students do not have access to the internet for a digit presentation.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Masking Tape $100.00
2 Modeling Clay $90.00
3 Aluminum Foil $40.00
4 Popsicle Sticks $200.00
5 Zilpoc Bags $20.00
6 Cling Wrap $35.00
7 Foam Poster Board $220.00
8 White Poster Board $70.00
9 Liquid Glue $75.00
  Total: $850.00

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