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Our school Science Lab is used to increase student proficiency with measurement and science tools used during investigations. The goal of "Tools for Young Scientists" is to increase the amount and quality of tools available in our lab, which will improve both quality and frequency of use.

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Tools for Young Scientists

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School:
Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Lukas Hefty 
Students Impacted:
570 
Grade:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
May 14, 2014

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Jabil & The Pinellas Education Foundation - $434.48

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Goal

Our school Science Lab is used to increase student proficiency with measurement and science tools used during investigations. The goal of "Tools for Young Scientists" is to increase the amount and quality of tools available in our lab, which will improve both quality and frequency of use. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students in PreK through fifth grade visit our school Science Lab on a regular schedule with both their classroom and a science lab teacher. The goal for PreK through second grade students is mastery of measurement tools such as microscopes, thermometers, rulers, graduated cylinders, stopwatches, and balance scales. By the end of second grade, students are expected to use science tools appropriately and measure temperature, length, volume, time, and mass with precision. In third through fifth grade, students apply these skills to regular science investigations and engineering design challenges. For example, fifth grade students learn to build electric circuits that will run a fan or light a bulb, then design an efficient circuit to light a four-room model home. Science Lab lessons are coherent, purposefully planned, and grow in complexity from PreK to fifth grade. 

 

Benefits to my students

Increasing the amount and quality of tools available in the school Science Lab with improve lesson quality. When enough supplies are available, more students can be "hands-on, minds-on" at one time, and students will reach proficiency at a faster rate. Science investigations and related engineering design challenges will greatly improve - teachers will spend less time reviewing measurement skills, allowing more time for data collection and analysis, creativity, and meaningful real world connections to the work of scientists and engineers. All students and teachers at Jamerson Elementary will benefit from this program and the tools purchased will last several years. 

 

Describe the Students

Our immediate neighborhood consists of approximately 96% minority, low income families. We pride ourselves on serving a diverse population of families: 44% Causasian, 44% Black/African American, 7% Multi-racial, 5% Hispanic, and 60% low income. As a magnet school we attract students from across the district to our engineering program and have no entrance criteria, so we serve many advanced and many below level students. Approximately 20% of our students are in an ESE program, including Autism Spectrum Disorder and gifted.  

 

Budget Narrative

The science tools listed above will supplement the tools we currently have in our lab to enhance lessons and ensure we have enough materials for all students. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Graduated Cylinders (10 complete sets) $129.50
2 Stopwatch (4 packs of 6) $145.96
3 D Cell Batteries (8 packs of 12) $115.12
4 Prepared Plant/Animal Microscope Slides $43.90
  Total: $434.48

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