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The goal of the project is to introduce students to innovative resources and enriched activities that will promote interest in the STEM careers of the future. The project also provides opportunities to a population that may not normally receive or be exposed to these types of activities.

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Jabil-Go, Go STEM Racer!

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School:
Eisenhower Elementary School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Stacy Howard 
Students Impacted:
50 
Grade:
Date:
August 19, 2018

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Jabil - $995.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 42

The students were all excited to know that the grant was fulfilled and we would once again build our cars and rockets.  Each year the students of Ms. Howards 4th grade Math and Science class look forward to building AP Rockets and Cars from recycled 16-20 ounce soda bottles.  The rockets and cars are powered by compressed water and/or air.  Our class is the only class that has the opportunity to do these projects thanks to your generous contributions.  That's what makes this project extra special. Students that move on to the next grade level come back and share with the current class their favorite projects and the bottle rockets are always the top favorite.  One student was so inspired by the project that she asked her parents to purchase the same materials so that she could build her own rockets at home.  This year we are focusing on the design/build aspect of the project and how manipulating variables such as, wing shape and weight, impact performance.  We were also able to link our STEM project with Earth Day by using recycled soda bottles for the fuselage and donated Styrofoam trays used to create the wings. The interest in this project is always high and even though only 42 students are directly impacted by the project, the entire school is involved on Launch Day when we showcase and launch the rockets.  Parents have an opportunity to also see the rockets during our Parent Discovery Night which highlights student's work over the academic year. 

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Straw Rocket mounted on Mini-Rocket Launcher.

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A student measures the distance in which his rocke

 

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This launcher can propel a straw rocket over 50 fe

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Students design their own rockets using recycled m

 

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Bottle Rocket Launcher

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

The goal of the project is to introduce students to innovative resources and enriched activities that will promote interest in the STEM careers of the future. The project also provides opportunities to a population that may not normally receive or be exposed to these types of activities. 

 

What will be done with my students

In this exciting STEM project students will build, race and launch student-made cars and rockets using Air and Water Powered Launchers, as well as, Solar Powered Engines. First students will explore Automobile Design with the Bottle Racer Design Project. They will decide how to design their bottle racer, considering factors such as, aerodynamics, weight and friction. These factors play an important part in the speed of their vehicles. Our Young Engineers will then design their own custom rockets and launch them more than 100 feet through the air! They will explore how the shape and weight of a rocket, as well as, the shape and location of its fins affect how far the rocket will travel. The Air and Water Powered Rockets and Racers enables the young designers to create math and science experiments for velocity, aerodynamics, pneumatic, and force and motion. What a wonderful way to introduce young minds to the world of Aeronautics and Automotive Engineering. 

 

Benefits to my students

Last year we began the project with a small group of after-schoolers. It became so popular that we had to have 3 different sessions. However, the problem was that many of the students that wanted to participate couldn’t due to the lack of transportation or other after school obligations. The solution, incorporate these STEM type activities as part of the regular science curriculum. This would make it possible for more students to participate without the need to arrange transportation or the interference of other after-school commitments. The projects will also coincide with the current Florida State Standards for Science. This year I started a STEM Friday which involved STEM projects every Friday during our normal science time. This would impact over 40 students! 

 

Describe the Students

Eisenhower Elementary School services an average of 695 students each year. 50% of our current population are Second Language Learners, with 100% of our enrollment receiving free breakfast and lunch. We also educate a wide-range of Students with Disabilities, this group represents 14% of our student enrollment. We are committed to preparing our students to be college and career ready by setting high expectations in an environment where achievement is inspired through effective instruction and respect. 

 

Budget Narrative

Each student will be provided with the materials needed to build (1) 12” cardboard rocket and straw rocket, (1) Solar powered car and bottle racer. Air and Water powered launchers will be available to conduct different experiments. Materials will be provided to accomplish those tasks. Each pair of students will receive the book “Bottle Rockets” as a reference as they design and build their rockets. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Mini Straw Rocket Launcher $147.80
2 Precision Straws $31.80
3 Sun EZoom Cars Maker Project $385.00
4 AP Bottle Racer Maker Project $395.00
5 AP Rocket Body Tubes $25.50
6 AP Air Rocket Nose Cone $9.90
  Total: $995.00

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