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We are back with another year of STEM! The goal of this grant is to continue a STEM club with 5th grade students at Longstreet Elementary who demonstrate a passion for science. Last year, almost all of the participants were female (which was our focus). This year our goal will be to provide STEM experience to those students who may not have these experiences otherwise. I work in a Title I school, so I see the disadvantage that those students have regarding experiences. It's my goal to give experiences to students that will level the playing field. In this club, students will be given the opportunity to take their learning to the next level. They will hone in on their curiosity and dive deeper in the science and math standards covered in the classroom. It's a chance for the students to combine knowledge they've learned with things they now wonder with the help and support of a teacher and volunteers.

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If They Build It, They Will Learn

School:
Longstreet Elementary School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Jenna Schuld 
Students Impacted:
25 
Grade:
Date:
September 8, 2019

50% Funded

 

 

Only $500.00 Needed

 

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Goal

We are back with another year of STEM! The goal of this grant is to continue a STEM club with 5th grade students at Longstreet Elementary who demonstrate a passion for science. Last year, almost all of the participants were female (which was our focus). This year our goal will be to provide STEM experience to those students who may not have these experiences otherwise. I work in a Title I school, so I see the disadvantage that those students have regarding experiences. It's my goal to give experiences to students that will level the playing field. In this club, students will be given the opportunity to take their learning to the next level. They will hone in on their curiosity and dive deeper in the science and math standards covered in the classroom. It's a chance for the students to combine knowledge they've learned with things they now wonder with the help and support of a teacher and volunteers.  

 

What will be done with my students

Longstreet Elementary has partnered with GE volunteers to provide hands-on experiences for students. While each month will have a different content focus, students may explore different questions or ideas within this topic, and then will be given a chance to share their creations and knowledge with other students in the club. Some of the topics that will be further explored are:
- comeback toys (force and motion, SC.5.P.13.1)
- circuits (electricity, SC.5.P.10.4)
- robotic hands (human body SC.5.L.14.1)
- bird feeders (classifying vertebrates, SC.3.L.15.1)
- rockets (force and motion, SC.5.P.13.2)
This STEM club will also incorporate Math standards when we explore tangrams, geometrees, Soma cubes, number spirals, and kites.
While this club may hit different focus standards on different weeks, students will work with the nature of science standards every week. Those standards include, but are not limited to:
- SC.5.N.2.1 (science is grounded in emperical evidence)
- SC.5.N.1.1 (define problem, plan and carry out investigations)
- SC.5.N.2.2 (scientific investigations should be replicable by others)
- SC.5.N.1.3 (recognize the need for repeated trials)
- SC.5.N.1.4 (importance of control group)
- SC.5.N.1.2 (types of investigations)
- SC.5.N.1.5 (authentic investigations don't parallel the steps of the scientific method) 

 

Benefits to my students

In science, students learn that once you have an answer, you should have many more questions. After an investigation, students are always asked, "What are you wondering now?" They brainstorm new questions, but they rarely get enough class time to design investigations to answer new questions. This STEM club will be students' opportunities to do just that, explore their wonderings and unleash their curiosity.
I also hope this club will provide equity and level the playing field for more students because they will have new experiences and opportunities to try new things. 

 

Budget Narrative

Students will each have their own snap circuit kit to work with, as well as a bird feeder kit. Wood and nails will be used for Soma cubes, and foam board will be used for Tangrams.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 25 circuit kits $460.00
2 25 bird feeder kits $370.00
3 wood $100.00
4 nails $30.00
5 foam board $40.00
  Total: $1,000.00

50% Funded

 

 

Only $500.00 Needed

 

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