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Spark STEM Learning through Picture-Perfect STEM project has three goals: 1 – to integrate literacy and science to further promote the application of reading comprehension strategies; 2 – to increase the students’ capacity for STEM through engaging hands-on activities; and 3 – to encourage students to further explore concepts by formulating their own questions and move toward designing their own investigations.

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Suncoast-Spark STEM Learning

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School:
McMullen Booth Elementary School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Angela Johnson-Drummond 
Students Impacted:
22 
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Date:
October 7, 2018

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Suncoast Credit Union - $499.95

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 12

This was a great experience for my students. They were focused, and truely engaged in every aspect of the lessons. There was evidence of students making connections to the science, math, and literacy content that took place during the club and during the regular school day. The pictures attached demonstrate their excitement in participating in the program. I'm considering writing another grant to be able to service students in K-2 as a result of the positive feedback and participation. The only disappointment was enrollment was lower than expected due to other required afterschool extended learning opportunities . I plan on starting the club earlier next year to improve enrollment. Thanks again for your generous support!

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Original Grant Overview

Goal

Spark STEM Learning through Picture-Perfect STEM project has three goals: 1 – to integrate literacy and science to further promote the application of reading comprehension strategies; 2 – to increase the students’ capacity for STEM through engaging hands-on activities; and 3 – to encourage students to further explore concepts by formulating their own questions and move toward designing their own investigations. 

 

What will be done with my students

Spark STEM Learning project is a multi-use project that can service any number of students in third through fifth grade. Each group of students will participate in constructivist learning more commonly known as constructing one’s own understanding and knowledge through experiencing things and reflecting on those things. For example, in the lesson The Inventor’s Secret, the students will gather information about the power of perseverance and the engineering design process. The students will be tasked with two objectives: 1 - planning and carrying out investigations and 2 – constructing explanations and designing solutions. The challenge will be to design a toy car using everyday materials. This will be accomplished over several sessions beginning with an engaging read aloud of Rosie Revere, Engineer, moving to exploring the aspects of the challenge, and then gathering data about two famous inventors through a second real aloud, The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford that helps explain and clarify perseverance. Finally, students will move to the evaluate stage with the balloon car challenge. Along this student-centered journey, each session will be supplemented with reading comprehension strategies such as specific questioning to promote students to think deeply and to determine importance. As students work through the engineering design process they will utilize the read aloud gatherings by thinking back to make text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections. The purpose is to make connections between themselves and other inventors to explore the role failure plays and how important it is to persevere through failed attempts until problems are solved. The first part of the culminating activity is the presentation and evaluation of their car design. The last part requires students to reflect on their learning. 

 

Benefits to my students

The key aspect of the Spark STEM Learning project is the integration of literacy and science. This is accomplished using fiction and nonfiction picture books with a science focus. As the authors of ¬Picture-Perfect Science Lessons, K-5, Emily Morgan and Karen Ansberry wrote, “The format of picture books offers certain unique advantages over textbooks and chapter books for engaging students in a science lesson.” Picture books have the power to engage students emotionally and intellectually through both fiction and nonfiction text elements such as unique characters, griping storylines, memorable illustrations, appealing photographs and riveting facts and details. The cold characteristics of a science textbook are less likely to appeal to students and often block their ability to make meaning due to a lack of connection to the text. Often, science texts are overwhelming to students who lack background and vocabulary knowledge. One of the benefits of the Spark STEM Learning project is that it provides an opportunity for all students to have a more positive experience with science concepts.
Another benefit is that each one of the fifteen STEM lessons align with the 5Es model (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate) already in use by Pinellas County Schools. Also, specific reading comprehension strategies such asking guided questions designed to pique the students’ natural curiosity and promote critical thinking are embedded throughout every STEM focused lesson. Additionally, student participation in the following: hands-on inquiry, elaboration activities, writing tasks, design challenges, demonstrations, and presentations will encourage students to learn to work together productively. Through this student-centered work, students will gain essential knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems which are a key component of STEM education.  

 

Describe the Students

Spark STEM Learning project will target two groups of students. Group one will be students in a 5th grade general education/inclusion class. This class is made up of twenty-two students that include all demographics such as students with learning disabilities, English language learners, gifted, economically disadvantaged and at-risk students. Group two will be part of the extended learning program (ELP) that occurs after the regular school day has ended. This group of students also includes all demographics. While open to any student, ELP usually is focused on servicing those that are identified as performing below grade level based on state/county testing results.  

 

Budget Narrative

Spark STEM Learning project requires the purchase of the set: Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Inspire STEM Learning, 3-5 and the Picture-Perfect STEM 3-5 book collection. This set provides one teacher resource text and a collection of thirty hardcover and softcover picture books. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Inspire STEM Learning, 3-5 and the Picture-Perfect STEM 3-5 book collection $499.95
  Total: $499.95

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