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Our Goal at Westgate is to create a culture of Makers among students and staff and raise the science and math vocabulary of all students. This Grant would target this School Improvement initiative.


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Collaborating with Technology

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School:
Westgate Elementary School 
Subject:
Technology 
Teacher:
Shelley Kappeler 
Students Impacted:
500 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
January 17, 2022

Investor

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Junior League of St Petersburg - $1,000.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 550

 

We are very exciting to receive these Collaboration Tables.  The product was initially delayed because of shipping and supply chain issues.  But we learned recently that they were shipping this week!  We are creating a self-directed space in our library where students can collaborate together on activities acquiring teamwork and communication skills.  We anticipate that the unique markerboard feature will have a great impact on our students, promoting a lot of creativity.  Thank you for funding our Project.

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Original Grant Overview

Goal

Our Goal at Westgate is to create a culture of Makers among students and staff and raise the science and math vocabulary of all students. This Grant would target this School Improvement initiative.


 

 

What will be done with my students

The main goal of the Grant is to create collaboration stations in the library makerspace area. The Grant would allow for the purchase of (2) Dry-Erase activity tables that would allow students to work with technology, conference design ideas and sketch out solutions right at the table.

Further developing our physical makerspace area that will increase student access to a wider variety of technology based activities. Students would bring in their one-to-one PCS devices and work with partners on projects utilizing the dry-erase tables that allow for easy partner work. 

 

Benefits to my students

"Making" is a process that happens in our heads and becomes outwardly visible when our hands have the opportunity to show our thinking, take risks, and iterate.

A secondary benefit of student participation in technology-based activities is the development of soft skills such as peer collaboration and communication. Students learn to work in teams, problem solve in real time and process conflict resolution.

 

 

Describe the Students

Westgate Elementary has a diverse student population, with 44% of students being non-white. The majority of the families at Westgate are economically disadvantaged, qualifying for free or reduced lunch. In 2021, 51% of the students were proficient Standards in Science. Our Goal is to increase this to 60%. 

 

Budget Narrative

The Budget was carefully vetted to select a durable product with a warranty that would be long lasting. These products have been selected by Demco, a County Vendor and include Shipping & Handling. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Demco Allied Aero Dry Erase Tables (2) $750.00
2 Smith Oodle Seating System Stacked (1) $250.00
  Total: $1,000.00

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