More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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A Tablet a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away!
My students need 4 tablets to accurately record the data from their interactive outdoor garden and solar powered weather station.
The school is populated with urban students that have less exposure to nature, farming, and agriculture than students in less inhabited areas. These students have little experience with gardening & nature. Technology is currently limited to one teacher computer. Tablets to the rescue, please!!!
The school is composed of 96% minority students with 83% of the population receiving free/reduced lunch.
The 2013 FCAT Science test indicates that 35% of the students assessed were at a mastery level. Additionally, the 2013 FCAT Mathematics test indicates that 37% of the students were at mastery level. This project will provide unique learning strategies for benchmarks that are tested on the FCAT test in Science, Mathematics, and Reading.
The Cambridge Academy (a part of the school) is a project based learning academy, thus this project would mesh with their curriculum well. The school also participates in a "Dreaming In Green"ÂÂ project that helps the school become more environmentally conscious. This would would help facilitate the "Dreaming In Green"Âproject at a larger level, including having working compost, a rain barrel, and a solar powered weather station. The gardens provide an opportunity for students to apply their math and science knowledge to real world problems.
The vegetable garden will provide students the opportunity to prepare soil, see the germination process, photosynthesis, and food production for consumption. Students will learn about the different variables in growing vegetable, being self-sufficient, and in the time it requires to produce a product.
An outdoor weather station will enable students to capture data on a daily basis for weather studies. Thermometers, barometers, and anemometers will be included in this station to give students practical knowledge of different aspects of data collection.
A butterfly garden will engage students with nature in a different way. It will create awareness of plant varieties and butterfly species and relate a specific butterfly to a type of plant. It provides a connection to the butterfly life cycle as well as the components of pesticides, pollination, and the scientific process.
The solar powered pond will allow students to see the efficiency of the sun as it runs the fountain to filter the H2O.
The mission of this project is to expose students to science, mathematics, engineering, and social studies in a diverse way that encompasses hands-on techniques, brain-based strategies, and team building to gain academic knowledge through problem based learning!
This project aims to cultivate a culture of learning outside the classroom to develop life-long learning in content that cannot take place within the confines of the classroom. Tablets will create a technology link to connect the project.
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