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Our goal is to increase student achievement in the STEM process by using iPads to record and communicate student thinking. By documenting the steps of their thinking, students will increase their understanding of the STEM process.

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Suncoast - STEM Education Boost

School:
San Jose Elementary School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Amy Hersh-Brown 
Students Impacted:
16 
Grade:
Date:
September 29, 2019

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Chris & April Jordan - $987.00

Suncoast Credit Union - $500.00

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Goal

Our goal is to increase student achievement in the STEM process by using iPads to record and communicate student thinking. By documenting the steps of their thinking, students will increase their understanding of the STEM process.  

 

What will be done with my students

We are currently developing a Maker Space and using it to problem solve both real world problems and problems of characters in our fiction books. Examples: students have been exploring gravity and what types of paper shapes are able to be suspended with moving air; they have built bridges for the Three Billy Goats Gruff; they have built boats to carry the Gingerbread man across the river; they have built models of 3-D shapes. Now I would like to introduce and use iPad technology to support the whole learning journey—from data collection and research to design thinking, prototyping, collaboration and content creation. The iPads will be used to record and journal the STEM process along the way. The students will be able to take pictures and/or videos and narrate what they have done so they can reflect on their thinking and learning as well communicate their results with peers and teachers.  

 

Benefits to my students

STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. STEM challenges in kindergarten give students opportunities that allow them to organically move through the scientific process and set students on a path to develop a love of scientific inquiry. Using iPad technology in this capacity will help the students to reflect and show their thought processes. This increases confidence in problem solving and empowers students to transfer the concepts they learn in the classroom to real life. 

 

Describe the Students

We are a Title I (low income) school. We have a diverse class that consists of 38% black/multi-cultural, 13 % hispanic, 50% white. We have four low performers, two of which have been identified as ESE (exceptional student education) students.  

 

Budget Narrative

Three iPads with capability of adding an Apple pencil at a later date; possibly through donations.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 4 ipads @$ 299.00 each $1,196.00
2 4 cases @ $ 23.25 each $93.00
3 2 iPad pencils @ $99 each $198.00
  Total: $1,487.00

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