Learning Grants by SRP 2013-14 recipients

A total of 48 applications were received for the Learning Grants by SRP program. The review team was pleased with the response and the quality of the applications. 29 projects were selected for funding, however, there were many that were also deserving of funds and the final choice was very difficult.

SRP will fund the following projects for a total of: $125,273

Elementary schools

  • Horizon Elementary School(Glendale) – $4,990. Funds will be used to purchase iPads for use in the science classroom and the teams participating in the First LEGO League Robotics program. Students will use the iPads to record data for lab experiments and to write the summary report; the Robotics program iPad use will ensure students are actively involved in STEM related activities.
  • Country Place Elementary School (Tolleson) – $5,000. Students in 1st-8th grade will participate in the First LEGO League Robotics program. Funds will be used to purchase WeDo Robotics kits and students involved in the program will learn research, creative problem solving and design skills which are related to STEM-based learning. The program will culminate with teams participating in the First LEGO League regional tournament.
  • Western Valley Elementary School (Phoenix) – $5,000. Grant funds will be used to enhance the STEM program at the school by purchasing hands-on equipment for the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to explore math and science concepts with hands-on learning tools – microscopes, a science tools supply center, a solar system interactive fact finder and learning science activity tubs which will involve students via learning activities centered in math and science.
  • Walker Butte Elementary School (Florence) – $5,000. Students in 6th-7th grades in the Florence Unified School District will participate in interactive programming and video conferencing to engage in the study of Life Sciences. Students will participate in the “Virtual Heart Program” and “Explore the World of the Wolf” by interacting with experts in the field so that student engagement will be heightened through the use of multimedia, green screen technology and hands-on practice.
  • Kyrene del Norte Elementary School (Tempe) – $1,415. Students will participate in the First LEGO Robotics League competition. Funds will be used to purchase materials such as MindStorms robotic LEGO sets and other robotic components. 4th and 5th grade students will participate in the FLL regional competition.
  • Finely Farms Elementary School (Gilbert) – $4,992. Students in the 5th grade will participate in the “Walk to Learn Program”. Students will be given a pre-test to gauge their ability in certain math skills which correspond to the new Common Core Standards and then students will twice a week “Walk” to their assigned teacher’s room to “Learn” in a way specifically designed to address their skill level and needs. Funds will be used to produce “Walk to Learn” kits which will include iPads and other manipulative tools to create a rich learning environment for all teachers to use with students at every level of math.
  • Ironwood Elementary School (Casa Grande) – $1,987. The implementation of STEM resources, using JASON curricula, will provide 4th grade students the opportunity to extend and explore science, math and technology concepts. Grant funds will be utilized to purchase the Tectonic Fury Kit which will engage students in the understanding of Earth using laboratory and field assignments. Funds will also be used to purchase the Return to the Titanic Emersion Kit allowing students the opportunity to apply math and science skills to make models of the Titanic and create scenarios of the ultimate “unsinkable” ship.
  • Copper Trails Elementary School (Goodyear) – $4,697. Grant funds will be used to purchase 10 iPads for use in the 2nd and 6th grade classrooms. Students will use the iPads to complete virtual dissections of plants and some animal cells. The iPads can act as a more detailed type of microscope in these activities. Students can manipulate views of cells and collaborate with other students. This will help us incorporate technology into our STEM model on a daily basis.
  • Desert Mirage Elementary School (Glendale) – $5,000. The Desert Mirage “STEM Project” will engage students in technology activities to examine math and science in school and as an after school club. The grant will provide iPad technology and an Apple TV to assist with classroom projects.
  • Stevenson Elementary School (Mesa) – $2,000. Grant funds will be used to purchase Mastery Concepts – a program that assists in cross-curricular planning in science, math, and language arts. Mastery Concepts is a system which makes Common Core Standards easy to place into a curriculum map and track student progress, access and grade student work, educate and inform parents and plan targeted interventions for remediation and enrichment learning.
  • Orangewood K-8 School (Phoenix) – $4,900. Grant funds will be used to develop a “Young Engineers of Tomorrow” program. Orangewood’s gifted students will develop hands-on science workshops for presentations to their homeroom classmates. Funding will be used to purchase materials for the program. Students will collaborate and develop critical thinking skills. These workshops will also be presented during “Family Science Night”.
  • Knox Elementary/Instructional Resource Center (Chandler) – $3,490. Knox Elementary, with guidance from the Instructional Resource Center, will create “Project Chasing Curiosity”. This is a hands-on math and science-based learning experience deeply embedding the content and process of math, science, technology and engineering. The project revolves around high altitude weather balloons. Students will utilize all facets of STEM in creating a sustainable model for the present and future students.
  • Broadmor Elementary School (Tempe) – $5,000. Grant funds will be used to provide an enrichment opportunity that extends Arizona’s Common Core Standards through the Mindstorms EV3 curriculum. Students will design, build, test, modify, and evaluate their models and creations utilizing all STEM areas.
  • Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center (Scottsdale) – $4,410: Grant funds will be used to create a new program called, “Connecting Minorities and Females to STEM Related Fields”. ANLC will provide enrichment during the school day through the use of Lego Mindstorm robots. By offering the program during the school day, more minorities and girls will have the opportunity to explore these STEM areas.
  • Superstition Springs Elementary (Mesa) – $5,000. Superstition Springs Elementary will use the grant money to implement the “First in Math” program. The program allows students to progress in their numerical fluency and mathematical skills. Research supports the fact that First in Math use on a regular basis shows measureable improvement among student test scores. FIM is a software program that can be used at home and at school, on computers, smart phones, and tablets. FIM supports brain-based learning leading to deeper understanding of math.
  • New Way Academy (Scottsdale) – $2,000. New Way Academy will implement a new computerized STEM program designed for grades 3-6 with learning and physical disabilities. The program will reach students with a variety of learning differences and promote a deeper understanding of math and science. Through spiraling curriculum, students are able to integrate inquiry, science content and literacy, math problem solving and applications.
  • Picacho Elementary School (Picacho) – $5000. Picacho Elementary will use grant funds to purchase Chromebooks to help enrich the curriculum for their 5th-8th grade students. They will help reinforce key curriculum concepts that support new Common Core Standards and the upcoming Next Generation Science. The technology will also be used to promote an inquiry-based approach to science. The Chromebooks will fill a need for technology at Picacho.
  • Maryvale Preparatory Academy (Phoenix) – $5,000. Maryvale Prep will use the grant money to install the “Dreambox Learning Math” program for their K-5 math students. The program empowers students to master key concepts, increase achievement, accelerate student learning and boost long-lasting confidence in mathematics. By combining three elements (rigorous curriculum, motivating environment and adaptive learning software), this technology delivers unlimited individualized lessons that align with Common Core Standards.

Junior high schools

  • Eduprize School (Queen Creek) – $2,243.58. Grant money will fund Eduprize’s “Solar Cell-abration”. Sixth grade students will use materials provided through the grant to learn hands-on about solar energy. The 6th graders will then lead an event where they teach 4th graders. Parents will also be taught by the students about solar. The project goes beyond standards by using multiple modality instruction that fosters real-world problem-solving opportunities.
  • Landmark School (Glendale) – $5,000. Landmark School will use grant funds to develop a STEM program for their 5th-8th graders. Specifically, Landmark will purchase stationary bikes, DC motors and voltage regulators to measure energy transfer from mechanical to electrical. A Science Symposium will be presented by participating students. The hope is this is the first of an annual event.
  • Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District (Cottonwood) – $4,455. The Verde Watershed Environmental Education Project is a comprehensive environmental curriculum designed for grades 5-8 in the Cottonwood Oak Creek School District. Students will be given the opportunity to spiral their knowledge within STEM fields. Funds will be used to purchase materials and develop curriculum for the program. Topics include making connections between physical science, nature, space, water, groundwater, and the economic, social and ecological impact of native and invasive species.
  • Mesquite Junior High (Gilbert) – $4,690. The grant will fund a recently board-approved course, “STEM Mini Course”. This 9-week course will be offered as part of an elective track for 7th graders at Mesquite. It was developed by and will be taught by a Mesquite math teacher who also holds an engineering degree and has 9 years of engineering experience.
  • Kino Jr. High/Edison Elementary (Mesa) – $4,882. The grant will be used to create a co-program between Edison Elementary and Kino Jr. High to create a hands-on STEM after school program. Students will have an opportunity to collaboratively participate in science investigations that tie to STEM while strengthening their math skills.
  • San Tan Learning Center (Gilbert) – $4,735. San Tan Learning Center takes a hands-on approach to their curriculum. The grant will enable them to enrich the current Life Science and Earth Science programs. The program will allow students to make connections between math and science while analyzing water samples.
  • Challenger Middle School (Glendale) – $4,402.01. To implement a differentiated curriculum for science and math, the grant will be used to purchase Lenovo Think Pads to help track student progress. It will also allow teachers to have multiple leveled groups on task and work at their appropriate level simultaneously. A program to instantly assess student progress will give the school valuable data to drive future instruction.
  • Connolly Middle School (Tempe) – $5,000. The grant will be used to help implement an engineering challenge. Groups of students will design and construct solar ovens. Students will then compete to find the best design. During the process, students will experiment with heat transfer through conduction, convection and radiation. Students will evaluate projects following the competition, which will be followed by teacher evaluation.

High schools

  • Skyline High School (Mesa) – $5,000. The grant will be used to assist a team of five freshman science teachers to implement a new program that incorporates integration of writing, math and science. Students will begin to learn to communicate ideas in STEM areas and see how those are integrated in everyday life, even at their high school. Students will participate in this place-based module as a scaffold to students designing their own place/problem based questions to investigate.
  • Mesa Preparatory Academy (Mesa) – $4,985. The grant will be used to further the effectiveness of geologic processes curriculum currently in place. Equipment to help students further their capability to study geologic processes will be implemented in the course of study. This will give students the opportunity to investigate questions more deeply and more efficiently.
  • Fountain Hills High School (Fountain Hills) – $5,000. Continuing on a project previously funded by SRP, Fountain Hills High School will further their study of migration patterns in javalinas. An infra-red camera mounted on a 40-foot post allows students to see firsthand night migration patterns and the effect on humans. Additionally, aerials drones will be used to track daytime movement for this project. The project will take place throughout the school year eand involve more than 200 students.

Find out more

For information about how to apply for a Learning Grant by SRP, please visit our Learning Grant page, or call (602) 236-2484.

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