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To provide High School level ESE students an opportunity to combine science and art.

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Full STEAM Ahead; Integrating Arts with Science

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Calvin A. Hunsinger 
Special Needs Students 
Janet Cunningham 
Students Impacted:
October 1, 2018


Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.


Raymond James - $475.00


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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 30

Students taking high school science classes have had the opportunity to integrate art with the science learning.  We have created clay simulations of invasive species in their environment, 3-D cells with organelles and DNA replicas.  The ability of the students to use real materials to created 3-D models helped them to understand some of the more complex standards located in the high school science curriculum.  The students look forward to continuing to work with integrating the arts, sciences and maths together next year since we have materials left as well as new standards to explore.

Students were more engaged with the materials since they were hands-on in place of traditional textbook or 2D diagrams.  I believe the higher level of engagement helped the students to better understand the material.


Original Grant Overview


To provide High School level ESE students an opportunity to combine science and art.  


What will be done with my students

ESE students will utilize art materials provided through this grant to create 3D realistic representations of content related materials including cells, DNA strands, macromolecules, tectonic conversion zones, Earth's layers, topographic maps, marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles. 


Benefits to my students

Benefits of combining art with content area material is well documented through the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) movement.

Through use of art materials provided for by this grant, ESE High School students will be able to apply the concepts of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences through the creation of 3D models. Students will have the opportunity to integrate creative planning, innovation, and design with applied concept knowledge to build their representational models. Applied knowledge leads to deeper learning and educational gains. Art materials provide hands-on opportunities for the students to become more aware of the complexities of science based concepts which are best viewed through 3D models.

Creation of 3D models will motivate the students to delve more deeply into the concept as well as providing the students the opportunity to explore their creativity. Involving creative processes, which are traditionally considered to be "elective" vs "content area", helps students to strengthen skills.
Research has shown that both content area instruction as well as art instruction use various methods for inquiry and investigation.



Describe the Students

All students are Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students. Students are Emotional-Behavioral Disorders, Other Health Impaired, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and/or School Based Mental Health. All students receive free breakfast and lunch. The school is a Title 1 center with a majority of the students coming from the low economic environments.

Students tend to be low performers in the traditional schools. Low class ratio, behavior management, social skills training infused throughout the day and case management assist the students in showing gains. Students are taught using a high level of differentiation techniques and individualized learning plans.  


Budget Narrative

Art supplies to be used to create 3D models. Clays (90.00), paints (40.00). plaster of paris (35.00) and paints and brushes (40.00) used for all content area sciences. Clear hair gel (30.00), assorted containers (20.00) and sculpey (50.00) used to create 3D see through cells. Art sand, plaster of paris (35.00) and glue (20.00) used to create plate tectonic convergent zones. Light table (50.00) used with assorted art supplies (50.00) and clay to create biogeochemical cycles, Chenille stems (30.00), stones (20.00) used to create DNA strand model. 



# Item Cost
1 Sculpey Polymer Clay $50.00
2 Plaster of Paris $35.00
3 Air Dry Modeling Clay $40.00
4 Polymer Clay Tools $20.00
5 Clear Hair Gel $30.00
6 Chenille Stems $30.00
7 Mod Podge $10.00
8 Art Sand $20.00
9 Floracraft Stones $20.00
10 Glue $20.00
11 Paint & Brushes $40.00
12 Assorted Containers $20.00
13 Light Table $50.00
14 Styrofoam Shapes $40.00
15 Miscellaneous Art Supplies $50.00
  Total: $475.00


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