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The goal of this grant is to increase student knowledge and interest in STEM fields by taking them to a museum and aquarium for hands on activities like building a Mars Rover and testing and comparing salt and fresh water samples.

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Hands on STEM Field Trips

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School:
Bay Point Middle School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Sarah Swoch 
Students Impacted:
100 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
August 17, 2018

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Only $980.00 Needed

 

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Goal

The goal of this grant is to increase student knowledge and interest in STEM fields by taking them to a museum and aquarium for hands on activities like building a Mars Rover and testing and comparing salt and fresh water samples.  

 

What will be done with my students

Students will have the opportunity to experience STEM outside the classroom by going to MOSI and The Florida Aquarium. At MOSI the students will build Mars Rovers and guide them through a simulation of the Martian environment. Students will also be able to visit the regular MOSI displays to learn more about areas of science they have learned about in the classroom. At The Florida Aquarium students will participate in a lab to investigate human impacts on water, the differences in properties of fresh and salt water, and how ocean acidification affects marine life.  

 

Benefits to my students

Students will be able to see and experience lessons beyond the walls of the classroom to bring them STEM experiences that they otherwise would not be able to afford. The first semester of 8th grade science is focused on chemistry and the water testing lab offered by the Florida Aquarium would give students a chance to practice the principles they learned during the first half of the year. MOSI has a Mars Rover robot build lab where students get to engineer their own robot to attempt different challenges. Students will gain problem solving and critical thinking skills through both labs in an exciting and memorable place.  

 

Describe the Students

My students all receive free and reduced lunch and attend a Title I school. I have a mixture of low to high performing students. I have 10 ESE students, 1 English Language Learner, 23 Gifted students, and 35 students have early warning indicators. The ethnic make up of my students is 2% Asian, 58% African American, 14% Hispanic, 8% Native American, and 18% White. Without funding for the field trip the majority of my students would not be able to afford the fees associated with the trip, nor would they be able to visit these locations on their own.  

 

Budget Narrative

Admission to The Florida Aquarium costs $5 per student for 50 students the cost is $250. The Lab Fee at The Florida Aquarium is $75 for each group of students for 50 students the cost is $150. MOSI admission and lab fee is $8 per student for 50 students the cost is $400. A substitute to cover my other classes is $90 per day, for two days the cost is $180. Transportation is able to be covered by a donation to the school for transportation costs.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Admission for Title I school to Florida Aquarium for 50 students $250.00
2 Lab fee for Wonders of Water two groups of students $150.00
3 MOSI admission and Robot Engineers Fee for 50 students $400.00
4 Substitute Fee $180.00
  Total: $980.00

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