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Provide TI Innovator systems for students, which will support continuation of the STEAM program at Seminole High School.

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Jabil - Remote Sensing with ArcGIS, Drones, and Submarines

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School:
Seminole High School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Jerry Cantrell 
Students Impacted:
150 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
January 25, 2022

0% Funded

 

 

Only $8,500.00 Needed

 

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Goal

Provide TI Innovator systems for students, which will support continuation of the STEAM program at Seminole High School.  

 

What will be done with my students

The integration of ArcGIS and Drone (remote sensing) technology is integral to evaluation and protection of water sources. The connection between the two provides methods to identify potential hazards to water sources as well as analyzing methods to engineering and protect sources. Seminole High School (SHS) will experiment with remote sensing and data interpolation with ArcGIS; these findings will be shared with the larger community at the WEF Florida Water Festival and the AWWA Model Water Tower Competition (MWTC) hosted at SHS. The TI Innovator hub will introduce students to Python coding, which will be used to link drone technology, ArcGIS, and water quality data.
ArcGIS is widely used to interpolate data to determine the quality of water. In the past, remote sensing has been exclusive to satellite technology by measuring data sets such as turbidity and chlorophyll levels. This is a valuable resource; however, spatial resolution is sacrificed when using satellites (approximately 150 ft2/pixel), there is no control over the use of satellites, and the best turbidity measurements are after a rain (The Nature Conservancy). Conversely, drone camera technology is available in 4K, it provides higher spatial resolution of waterways (approximately 1 in2/pixel), and access to the data is readily available after rains.
Seminole High School (SHS) has received grants over the past 3 years providing opportunities to purchase items such as Vernier probeware and components to create remotely operated aquatic vehicles (submarines). The probeware provides opportunities to correlate studies of water quality data as we have access to various probes such as Dissolved Oxygen (DO) sensors, pH sensors, temperature sensors, as well as turbidity colorimeters. Water quality parameters taken through direct measurement of turbidity and various other parameters can be correlated to remote sensing/spectral imagery. The submarines provides a method to obtain depth sampling from waterways. The correlation of depth samples taken by drones, analyzed systematically with probeware, and the students incorporating this data into ArcGIS (over time) will provide accuracy in the analysis of the interpolated data obtained through the integration of ArcGIS and Drone remote sensing.
The innovative integration of technological resources provides avenues for students to further evaluate, explore, and demonstrate their understanding of pollutant impacts on environmental and water source impacts. The ability to correlate data between direct parameter readings and spectral analysis will be provided to all students within the Water Resource Sustainability Academy; a component of SHS STEAM Academy (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). The ability to capture temporal and spectral data with the drones and the submarines will enable all students within the STEAM Academy a method to experimentally use technology and natural phenomena to find and create solutions to water source issues. The proposed learning provides opportunities for students to showcase their innovative research through presenting their findings at State and national level competitions: (1) The Pinellas Regional Science and Engineering Fair, (2) WEF Florida Water Festival, (4) AWWA Region IV MWTC, and (3) the many other competitions.  

 

Benefits to my students

SHS is involved with WEF and curating St Petersburg Pier for the WEF Florida Water Festival on March 5, 2022. It is expected to have a minimum of 10,000 spectators. Pinellas County Schools will have 2 booths at this event where it will have interactive demonstrations for water quality testing. Students will share their studies with the public at this event with respect to their remote sensing investigations. In addition, SHS expects to be involved in this biannual event into the foreseen future. NOTE: Drones may not be flown at the 2022 event due to the proximity of the Albert Whitted Airport.
SHS is planning to host the AWWA Region IV Model Water Tower Competition on April 2, 2022 (this is dependent on the AWWA MWTC committee stating it will proceed with the MWTC). Students will demonstrate remote sensing with drones at this event. The results from their investigations will be displayed. Parents, competitors, and spectators from Pinellas and Hillsborough County Schools (middle and high school) will be able to interactively experience the methods and investigations that students from SHS have conducted. Assuming that SHS will be able to sponsor this event for future MWTC events, the technology used in the ArcGIS and Drone projects will continue to be showcased to the community.
Success of the project will be initially determined through the pass rate for USI Safety Level 1 CAPE Certification. Based on the number provided to Administration at SHS, it is expected that a minimum of half the students will obtain their certification. The percentage is expected to be greater than 75%; the lower number is used as a threshold to sustain the STEAM Academy as it progresses into the future. These funds are used to sustain the STEAM Academy at SHS, which provides opportunities for students to communicate their research to the greater community. (NOTE: CAPE Certifications (Career and Professional Education Act) are funded through Florida State Department of Education.)
As students begin remotely acquiring data with the drones and submarines, success will be determined in the student’s gaining experience using the drones. The USI Visual Line of Sight Safety Operator (Ground) CAPE Certification requires 10 hours of flight time for each student prior to sitting for the exam. Of these 10 hours, 5 of the hours will come from acquiring data to interpolate results with the ArcGIS database. The experience is multifaceted: (1) students prepare for a second exam that also provides CAPE funds to the STEAM Program, (2) students acquire data for interpolation, and (3) students begin to identify and explore possible contaminants to water sources. As stated in the prior comments, the targeted pass rate for CAPE certification has a minimum expectation of 50% and likely will be greater than 75%. The ability to use Python to integrate data from the drones, submarines, and water quality analysis is essential as we move forward with engineering certifications.
Student success is also defined as they present information at competitions and events associated with the educational system. Communicating their findings to the larger community brings attention to the impacts that students find. Students will have opportunities to compete as well as present posters and describe their work at events such as Pinellas Regional Science and Engineering Fair, WEF Florida Water Festival, AWWA MWTC, SkillsUSA competitions, as well as other potential competitions.
The proposed events provide opportunities for students to celebrate their important work and engage in ideas that the next generation of innovators need to know. Students will demonstrate their skills in acquiring remote sensing data with drones and integrating this data into ArcGIS for topographic interpolation. Additionally, the results from their investigations will be displayed at these events. Parents, competitors, and spectators attending these events will be able to interactively experience the methods and investigations that students from SHS have conducted. 

 

Describe the Students

Seminole High School (SHS) is in suburban Pinellas County, Florida. The mission for SHS is to educate and prepare each student for college, career, and the workforce by living each day with respect, purpose and grit, which is the Warhawk Way. Its vision is to have 100% student success. At SHS, the overall student to teacher ratio at SHS is 21:1. Its minority enrollment is 22%, and 38% of its students are economically disadvantaged. Free lunch is provided to 34% of the students with an additional 4% receiving reduced price lunches. Math proficiency is 39% and reading proficiency is 49% at SHS. Students that measure mastery in math and reading based on the Florida Standard Assessment (FSA) and Mathematics End of Course Exams (EOC) is 35.7%. The percentage of students that are underserved and proficient is 32.4% and the percentage of students that are not-underserved with proficiency is 46.7%. The gap between SHS and the State of Florida among underserved students is -10%.
The School Improvement Plan targets improvements in Mathematics FSA and EOC proficiency by 3% (e.g., 39% to 42%). The Lowest 25th Percentile for English and Language Arts (ELA) are targeted to improve by 5% and Mathematics by 3% (e.g., ELA from 46% to 51% and Math 37% to 40%). SHS has a 39% achievement rate for Exceptional Student Education (ESE), which is below the state threshold of 41%. SHS has identified goal is to improve this by 6% (e.g. from 39% to 45%). The ELA and Reading goal is to elevate achievement by 6% (e.g., from 49% to 54%). SHS will bridge the gap between its white and black students by 5% (e.g., elevate from 19% to 24% for ELA; improve from 26% to 31% for Mathematics). Additionally, the College and Career Readiness goal for SHS is to have 100% student success. To accomplish this vision, SHS will provide equitable opportunities for all students in college and career readiness. Additionally, Seminole High School is considered Title I School based on the National Center for Education Statistics (https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_detail.asp?ID=120156001680). 

 

Budget Narrative

SHS STEAM Academy needs funds to provide TI Innovator Systems for 150 students. The cost is $8,500. Currently, SHS STEAM Academy has been able to raise $6,500 and is looking to obtain the remaining $2,000. This will assist SHS STEAM Academy in becoming financially capable of expanding opportunities to the students at Seminole High School as students become competent with industry technologies and acquire CAPE Industry Certifications. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 TI Innovator System $8,500.00
  Total: $8,500.00

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Only $8,500.00 Needed

 

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