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At our school, we are entering the fourth year of our robotics program. With four years, six classes a year, and almost five hundred students; our class set of batteries have been used and recharged thousands of times. Most of them were not new when we got them and they are now losing there ability to hold a charge. We would like to start replacing out aging Nickel-Cadmium rechargeable battery packs with a more modern and less toxic Nickel-Metal-Hydride ones.

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Updated Battery Chemistry

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School:
Lakewood High School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Jason Ness 
Students Impacted:
110 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
November 14, 2013

Investor

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The Pinellas Educaiton Foundation - $246.87

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Goal

At our school, we are entering the fourth year of our robotics program. With four years, six classes a year, and almost five hundred students; our class set of batteries have been used and recharged thousands of times. Most of them were not new when we got them and they are now losing there ability to hold a charge. We would like to start replacing out aging Nickel-Cadmium rechargeable battery packs with a more modern and less toxic Nickel-Metal-Hydride ones. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students use these battery packs everyday during the build time with their robotics kits, and during their robotics competitions and demonstrations. 

 

Benefits to my students

My goal for the outcome of this grant is that the results of the studentís experiments and competitions will be more closely linked to their robotic design and execution than the luck of which battery they get.  

 

Describe the Students

I teach at the Center for Advanced Technologies magnet at Lakewood High School. Lakewood is traditionally a Title 1 school. I teach 9-12 graders in a four year honors robotics program. 

 

Budget Narrative

Our six robotics classes are currently using very old Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad) rechargeable battery packs that have been through thousands of charge cycles. We use these packs almost everyday in each class and they have far outlived their useful life. Some are failing to hold a charge for even a few minutes and it is affecting the outcomes of competitions. We would like to take this opportunity to start changing over our class set to the more modern and less toxic Nickel-Metal-Hydride (NiMH) chemistry type. We would like to purchase thirteen battery packs, this is about half of what we need, but it will allow us to get rid of the worst of the old ones. We will dispose of the old NiCad batteries responsibly by taking them to recycling centers designed for that purpose at a local Radio Shack or Walmart. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 2000mAH NiMH Battery Pack x 13 $246.87
  Total: $246.87

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