SRP Learning Grants 2021-22 recipients
This year, 28 schools were selected through evaluators and the committee to receive an SRP Learning grant.
SRP will fund the following projects for a total of $124,149.65. A variety of STEM/STEAM projects will be supported, ranging from robotics to lab equipment.
Elementary School Recipients
- Basha Elementary School (Chandler) $5,000: This grant for Basha Elementary is to purchase materials for our entire 5th grade team to teach energy units in Science using the new Science standards. This will impact 100 students each year. With the new Science standards, materials are needed and hands on activities for teaching energy to the entire 5th grade. Picture Perfect Science is a research-based 3-Dimensional Science program that SRP also uses for educator professional development. Basha will purchase teacher guides to be used in grades 3-5. Energy kits from the National Energy Education Development Project will also be purchased for 5th grade students to have an opportunity with multiple hands on energy units.
- Creighton Academy (Phoenix) $5,000: This brand new, first year school is developing a hands-on science curriculum titled Focus on Phenomena. Kindergarten through 2nd grade students will participate in project-based learning activities around Earth Science, Life Science and Physical Science. They would like to purchase materials to build a science and STEM lab with force and motion kits, robotics, gravity related items, and physiological materials. This project will impact 180 students each year for multiple years.
- Desert Oasis Elementary School (Tolleson) $5,000: The goal of a STEM program is to teach students how to identify a problem and create a solution. To do this, Desert Oasis students will explore the real-world issues of solar vehicles and the challenges that face this technology. Students across multiple grade-levels will deepen their understanding of renewable energy and utilize that knowledge to create a system that solves a problem while integrating technology. Students will learn how to program and create a solar-powered vehicle that works by a remote control they have programmed. Students will share their knowledge with younger grades who are in the midst of their journey into learning about renewable energy sources. It will be a school-wide learning experience benefiting 800 students per year. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase solar panel kits, MicroBit and MotoBits (robotics).
- Desert Willow Elementary (Casa Grande) $4,371.92: The classes at Desert Willow will explore entrepreneurial learning through a project-based learning unit. They will create products to support a Positive Behavior Intervention initiative school store. Students will learn math, economics, engineering, and technology concepts by developing businesses. All students will join groups to create small businesses that will develop products for the school store. They will lead all activities from market research to product distribution. Students in grades 3-5 will benefit from this grant. The school plans to purchase a 3D printer, 2 laptops, a workbench, and materials for students to create.
- Julia Randall Elementary (Payson) $828.15: In order to benefit the 580 students attending Julia Randall Elementary, they would like to purchase 30 STEM kits focused on circuits, magnetism, and gravity. The kits are hands on and will enable students to work in small groups in science to make sense of the World around them regarding science, systems, cause and effect, and engineering design practices.
- Palm Valley Elementary (Goodyear) $4,800.00: $4,800.00 Palm Valley Elementary is proposing upgrading their math program to Guided Math, a nationally recognized program. Each guided math unit has detailed and differentiated lesson plans, activities, games, and cards for Guided Math whole group and small group lessons. Additionally, they would like to purchase four new laptops to help implement the math program. This will benefit all 2nd grade students and will help some 1st and 3rd grade student as well each year.
- Payson Elementary School (Payson) $5,000: Payson Elementary would like to incorporate more robotics into their STEAM program. This grant would enable them to purchase three Cubelets complete kits. These kits would be shared with 8 kindergarten classes. They are very user friendly for younger grade levels and can also be used in many different ways, including simple coding and incorporates many different learning aspects. One hundred kindergarten students each year would benefit.
- Roadrunner Elementary School (Phoenix) $800.00: This project focuses on hands-on STEM kits for gifted students to use in class. Problem solving skills, friendly competitive competitions and higher level thinking activities are all being developed through the STEM kits. Funds would be directed at purchasing 20 different STEM kits on pulleys, circuits, wind power, coding, space, among others. The grant will benefit students in grades 2-6.
- Vistancia Elementary School (Peoria) $3,385: New molecular modeling sets will help students understand how molecules combine, the types of intermolecular attractions that form between them and predict chemical and physical properties of compounds. In addition, students will have a class set of Vernier pressure sensors to conduct gas law experiments and collect, graph and analyze reliable data.
- Westwind Elementary (Phoenix) $1,7000.00: Explore Learning Science Gizmos are interactive simulations that bring research-proven instructional strategies to life and make learning fun. Students will use Gizmos to interact with and explore sixth-grade science topics, ranging from earth science ( Sun-Earth-Moon systems, seasons, and gravity in space) to physical science (energy and phases) to life science (ecosystems and food chains). Gizmos are aligned to the latest Arizona state science standards making it easy to get students ready for success. This project will provide students access to virtual labs and simulations as if they were actually in a real-life science laboratory. These simulations will help students understand the material by involving them in their learning through exploration and experimentation. Funding will benefit 140 6th grade students each year.
Middle School Recipients
- Arete Preparatory Academy (Gilbert) $5,000: This project will allow students at Arete Preparatory Academy to conduct laboratory experiments using wind tunnels to study the formation of ripples marks and wind streaks. By using wind tunnels, the students can have "ideal" conditions where they have the capability to control parameters including wind direction, wind velocity, and grain size. The second component of the unit would be the collection of data in the field near Amboy and Kelso Dunes, California. Students will collect data on wind features and will be able to compare them to wind tunnel experiments in order to determine predominant wind direction and speed in this region. Finally, students will use this knowledge to analyze imagery of Mars, Venus, and Titan in order to better understand wind on these planetary bodies. Such information can be vital to interpreting the planetary environment over time, properly landing spacecraft, and even protecting spacecraft from dust storms. Funding will be used to purchase materials needed to construct the wind tunnels, benefiting 800 8th grade students per year.
- Payson Unified/Rim Country Middle School (Payson) $4,869.52: Rim Country Middle School would like to purchase a host of electricity kits called "Snap Circuits." These kits help with the instruction of electricity (Science) and resistors/capacitors (Math). With this grant, the school would be able to purchase enough kits to provide instruction to approximately 60% of the student body. Additionally, these kits would be reusable and have an expected lifespan of 5-10 years. This grant will benefit 306 STEAM program students each year.
- Pensar Academy (Glendale) $5,000.00: Pensar Academy has developed a program called Designing the Future” which will immerse students in STEM subjects. Students will use Project Based Learning (PBL) to work collaboratively to examine and find solutions for real world problems. The funding will be used to purchase three 3D printers and filament to be utilized by 300 students per year.
- Poston Jr. High (Mesa) $5,000.00: Poston Junior High school will purchase science equipment to explore several science concepts with a hands-on student-centered approach. The equipment proposed in the grant will help all seventh and eighth-grade students at Poston Junior High school obtain essential lab equipment to promote 3-dimensional learning and scientific literacy. High-quality balances, project equipment, and ramps will positively impact the science education of 998 students in one of Mesa's high-need areas.
- Rhodes Jr. High (Mesa) $5,000.00: Rhodes Jr. High would like to create an opportunity for all students in science and STEM fields. In their existing MakerSpace, students work in a hands-on environment following procedures, taking measurements, being creative, thinking entrepreneurially, all while developing chemistry skills & knowledge. Funding will be used to purchase inventory and equipment to engineer and create everyday household products for 600 7th and 8th grade students to utilize.
- Sanders Middle School (Sanders) $5,000: Sanders Middle School is a Title 1 school with a Navajo student population. Creating a "Makerspace" where all students investigate STEM related concepts and innovative use of technology is a great opportunity for all students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Increased opportunities to incorporate math, science, technology, and robotic practices to real world, hands-on activities is invaluable. The SRP grant would fund the purchase of 3D printers, Arduino's, Raspberry Pi's, and robotics kits. Students will become members of the Chief Science Officers (CSO) program through SciTech Institute (an SRP education partner), create ambassadors of STEM at their schools. The CSO's at Sanders Middle School will collaborate with a Navajo CSO student at Cactus High School.
- Sonoran Trails Middle School (Cave Creek) $5,000: Bringing technology and materials into the classroom for labs will increase students understanding of basic concepts by allowing them to measure and collect data to interpret what they are seeing with a deeper understanding of their scientific investigations. Sonoran MS would like to purchase Radiation Monitors, Earth Science Collection kits, electronic scales and a microscope kit. The students will gain a better understanding of science using the sensors to graphically see how the world around them works and be better prepared as they advance in science classes throughout their education. The grant will impact 895 7th and 8th grade students.
- South Valley Jr. High (Gilbert) $5,000: Students at South Valley Jr. High will use different technology tools to measure carbon and oxygen levels to explore the concept of photosynthesis. They will be able to quantify patterns they see, create claims and back them with evidence collected and work together to create a model of how photosynthesis works. Students will be given opportunities to change variables and measure outcomes to present ideas on what impacts the rate at which plants photosynthesize. These ideas will be the anchor phenomena in which students explore climate change and human impact. This grant will impact 1,000 7th and 8th grade students per year.
- Smith Jr. High (Mesa) $3,800.00:The focus will be on the core idea that the total amount of energy in a closed system is always the same but can be transferred from one energy store to another during an event. To help students understand this core idea, we need science equipment to explore this concept with a hands-on student-centered approach. The equipment proposed in the grant will help eighth students at Smith Junior High school see how energy can be transferred from one store to another. High-quality thermometers and electricity manipulatives will positively impact the science education of 950 low-income students in Mesa's high-need area.
- Stapley Jr. High (Mesa) $5,000: The focus for Stapley’s project will be on the key science concept that energy can be transferred from one store to another. To help students understand this science content, students will to complete an engineering approach using solar power. The equipment proposed in the grant will help eighth-grade students at Stapley Junior High school see how solar energy can be transferred into usable electrical energy. This grant will support 513 students in 8th grade.
High School Recipients
- Arizona College Prep-Erie Campus (Chandler) $5,000.00: ACP-Erie is proposing a hydroelectric generation project for students in 9th-12th grades. They intend to design and build a small hydroelectric generator to capture some of the energy from water at their school to generate electricity. This project will benefit 800 students. Funds will be used to purchase a generator and students will design the system to be used at the school.
- Eduprize (Gilbert) $4,999.99: Funds will be used to purchase Vernier Wireless Sensors to be used in Eduprize’s International Baccalaureate Program. The sensors will enable 100 students per year in grades 10, 11, and 12 to benefit from the wireless and Bluetooth technology these sensors provide. The Vernier’s measure heat, pH, CO2, gas pressure, among others.
- Gilbert High School (Gilbert) $3,500.00: Gilbert High School plans to implement the CASTLE program Capacitor Aided System for Teaching and Learning Electronics. CASTLE was developed by a group of university and high school educators as an alternative approach to traditional instruction in electricity whose goal is to lead students from initial naive ideas to an increasingly expert understanding of electrical phenomena. More than 200 physics students per year will benefit from this program and the equipment is expected to have a 10-year life, leading to more than 2,000 students in 10th-12th grade to benefit.
- McClintock High School (Tempe) $4,480.07: This project for McClintock High will spiral, building in complexity, as students continue through a 3-year engineering program. First year students will work in groups on an autonomous car broken down into 3D design, using TinkerCAD or Sketchup to design and build the chassis while programming the Arduino to control and drive the car. Second year students will work in similar groups to design and build a robotic arm. Third year students will again work in groups to design and build a prosthetic hand. These projects also allow for the integration of math and science standards. Materials for the program include a 3D printer to create parts for their projects as well as the materials needed to construct their engineering projects. This grant will benefit 80 students per year in grades 10-12.
- Sandra Day O’Connor High School (Phoenix) $5,000.00: This project is designed to enable students to conduct real research in STEM fields. The grant money will be used in the classroom and in the STEM club to purchase Arduino kits, 3D filament for a previously purchased 3D printer, and materials for projects. More than 1,400 students are involved in STEM programs at Sandra Day O’Connor High, including 200 in Environmental Science.
- Sunnyslope High School (Phoenix) $5,000.00: Funding for Sunnyslope High will be used to purchase laptops with specialized construction and engineering design programs. Their project, titled Designing Our Lives brings real world applications to the classroom in construction management and engineering. Students will apply design, math, and technology skills to their learning. This will help prepare them for careers in the construction field. All students will have access to a 3-D printer through our Maker Space in the Media Center. This tool will provide students with experience using this ever-growing technology, helping to prepare them for ever-changing design and construction fields. This grant is expected to benefit 2,250 students.
- Yeshiva High School (Phoenix) $5,000: Yeshiva High School of Arizona is requesting funding to equip a science lab with basic chemistry and biology tools. The new equipment will enable students in grades 9 and 10 to safely conduct their own experiments rather than simply watching the teacher perform demonstrations. It will also enable students to design and execute projects for the school's first science fair. The new materials will increase student engagement with science, spur some to consider careers in STEM fields, and address Arizona’s Science Standards and 3-Dimensional Learning. The equipment being purchased will last for years benefitting hundreds of students at Yeshiva.