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My goal is to provide all my environmental science classes with access to 2 shared computers for all students. Students will work in small groups and will share the use of the 2 additional computers in the classroom. They will need to be able to use computers to conduct the required research to understand the terminology, background, and to access the necessary materials to conduct cost reducing energy plans. Students will work in small groups to develop these energy plans which will aim to not only keep costs down but also preserve the environment. For example, one energy plan assignment—reducing electricity costs—will require students to: complete the unit on renewable and non-renewable sources, learn how electricity consumption is measured by household matters, learn how to estimate the amount of time an appliance or electrical device is used and learn how to calculate cost of electricity consumption. In order to work on these assignments, students will need access to several websites (i.e., Understanding the EnerGuide label, Energy Efficiency Information) (and materials) and will also need access to tools on the computer such as financial calculators, Microsoft Office, in particular Excel, Word and Powerpoint.

The students would benefit greatly from having these two additional computers in the classroom. Many of my students come from disadvantaged family backgrounds and don't have access to resources that will help them in class. This grant would provide them with much needed educational tools for success.

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Financial Literacy and Environmental Science

School:
Lakewood High School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Lina Salem 
Students Impacted:
150 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
February 9, 2022

Investor

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Tash Elwyn - $1,049.02

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Goal

My goal is to provide all my environmental science classes with access to 2 shared computers for all students. Students will work in small groups and will share the use of the 2 additional computers in the classroom. They will need to be able to use computers to conduct the required research to understand the terminology, background, and to access the necessary materials to conduct cost reducing energy plans. Students will work in small groups to develop these energy plans which will aim to not only keep costs down but also preserve the environment. For example, one energy plan assignment—reducing electricity costs—will require students to: complete the unit on renewable and non-renewable sources, learn how electricity consumption is measured by household matters, learn how to estimate the amount of time an appliance or electrical device is used and learn how to calculate cost of electricity consumption. In order to work on these assignments, students will need access to several websites (i.e., Understanding the EnerGuide label, Energy Efficiency Information) (and materials) and will also need access to tools on the computer such as financial calculators, Microsoft Office, in particular Excel, Word and Powerpoint.

The students would benefit greatly from having these two additional computers in the classroom. Many of my students come from disadvantaged family backgrounds and don't have access to resources that will help them in class. This grant would provide them with much needed educational tools for success.
 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will work in small groups sharing access to the 2 computers with the goal of developing an environmentally friendly and budget conscious plan that would allow a sample family to both reduce energy costs and pollution simultaneously. Students will have the choice of working on a few possible budget plan projects, including, for example: a budget plan to reduce electricity costs; a budget plan to find and use alternative fuels; an action plan to increase recycling behavior at their school following a waste audit, and other plans that will require students to develop not only their financial literacy skills but also hone their scientific investigation skills. The items I am requesting in my grant will be directly used in all of my classes by the students for educational and enrichment purposes. The computers will allow students to find materials that will help them better understand scientific principles relating to environmental science and tie in this knowledge with plans to cut costs. The students will then develop a cost energy reducing plan which will require: 1) information gathering, 2) knowledge sharing in group discussions, and finally 3) the development of a budget plan that aims to cut costs and allow preserve the environment. In order to develop the plans, they will be using Excel spreadsheets, and financial calculators on the computers. 

 

Benefits to my students

The items requested in the grant would greatly enhance and enrich the educational experience of my students across all the classes. In my environmental classes, students are learning about the different ways that pollution impact the environment, but the cost reducing energy plans that I would like my students to develop using the computers as a resource would add an additional dimension to their learning and help them connect the dots between financial literacy and the environment.
A significant portion (approximately 25% of all the students in my classes) don’t have devices (computers) with them although they are required to have devices with them in school. These students are either new to Pinellas County school system (their families moved here recently) or they come from disadvantaged family backgrounds and didn’t fill out applications for new devices. For these students, the requested two computers would have a direct and very beneficial impact as they would allow these students to participate in the energy cost reducing assignments, as they work in small groups.
 

 

Describe the Students

There are 1,012 students attending Lakewood High School. 53% of students are free lunch recipients. I teach in regular classes and not magnet students. My classroom has 185 students, 80% of students in my class are African Americans, about 18% white, and 2% Hispanic. Many of my students come from economically disadvantaged families with limited resources. Many are level 1 and 2 readers. However, despite the socio-economic disadvantages my students are self-motivated learners, and with a little bit of help and nurture they will do all the work and will master the learning goals.  

 

Budget Narrative

The 2 laptops will be ordered though Pinellas County School purchases website. Each computer is priced at $524 which is a bit more than $1,000 but these were the least expensive laptops listed on the website (purchases outside the website is not allowed for Pinellas County schools).  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 3120 Std Laptop 11.6" HD Screen up to 3.1GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD HD (Object Code # 0644) (Quote # P-103781530) $524.51
2 3120 Std Laptop 11.6" HD Screen up to 3.1GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD HD (Object Code # 0644) (Quote # P-103781530) $524.51
  Total: $1,049.02

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