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Old Kings Elementary Marine Science Flagship won a $10,000 Innovation School Grant to create a Marine Science Lab, a learning space where students can directly interact with marine life who live in a Touch Tank patterned after the one at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience in nearby Marineland. Students also participated in a marine robotics competition, created a marine science library and have a remote feed to the dolphin tank at Marineland. Students report that learning about marine life has made them passionate about protecting our waters and ecosystems. The Paul B.& Constance D. Hunter Charitable Foundation provided the foundation with the funding for this project.
Buddy Taylor’s Agronomy, Engineering and Biotechnology Flagship helps students to understand the challenges and opportunities of growing high quality and bountiful food supplies using 21st Century technologies. With the $10,000 awarded to the school for its Flagship program, teachers were able to purchase equipment and renovate two classrooms that will become in-door learning spaces that complement on-campus gardens and visits to nearby farms. During the 2015-16 school year students focused their efforts working with Economic Development professionals to create and sustain a community garden that was placed in a remediated brownfield in the city of Bunnell. In addition to traditional farming methods, students explored hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics. Students walked away with greater knowledge and the pride in knowing they were part of a solution in creating an abundant garden in an area once identified as potentially dangerous.
BES Landscaping Company
School: Bunnell Elementary
Teachers: Cathie Zanella (project leader), Danielle Burton, Jamie Lambert, Lindsey Pritt, Andrea Towery
Bunnell Elementary and business partner, Austin Outdoors, earned statewide recognition by creating their own Native Florida Garden Habitat with funds from the Foundation’s Innovations Mini Grant Program. The garden is an addition to an existing outdoor classroom that includes a greenhouse, hydroponic and traditional vegetable gardens. The entire school is focused "Green Technologies," one of seven targeted growth industries for Flagler County that are included in school district’s "Classroom to Careers" Flagship school initiative. In late May, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced Bunnell Elementary's garden as a Golden Shovel winner for "Best Revitalized Garden." Schools awarded in this category must have revitalized either a dormant garden or a garden that has shown improvement following a revitalization. In a release, Commissioner Putnam says "school gardens bring the classroom outside and allow students to gain a hands-on understanding of where their food comes from." At Bunnell Elementary, the outdoor classroom does that and so much more!
In April 2016 community leaders, educators and FCEF board members cut the ribbon to launch "The Hangar," the new Flagship aeronautics lab on Flagler Palm Coast Campus. "The Hangar" is a learning space that includes a flight simulator, wind tunnel and state-of the-art technology for students interested in pursuing careers in aeronautics. FPC has a dual enrollment agreement with Embry Riddle Aeronautics University that allows students to earn college credits without leaving campus! In an article published in the Palm Coast Observer student Chris Wright responded to the reporter saying, "I can manufacture drones, write the code, build it at home and sell it for photography, landscaping, whatever. What’s even cooler is coming into this classroom and seeing how much effort has been poured into this program." The United Way Women’s Initiative Flagler provided funding to the foundation for the creation of "The Hangar."
More Power for Engineering
School: Wadsworth Elementary
Teachers: Marilee Palot (project leader), Martin Evans, Tammie Gray, Val Sanson
One-hundred and sixty-two students were asked to identify a problem from Sixth Grade Curriculum content, use materials to investigate and gather information about the problem, develop a solution and build a structure or robot of their own design to remediate or solve the problem. One hundred percent of funding was used to purchase materials. Teachers worked collaboratively to coach students and chart the progress of the student's work. Here is what the students had to say about the project:
- I liked it because it was something I've never done before, building something that was electrical.
LittleBits, Big Science
School: Rymfire Elementary
Teachers: Susanne Stone
"LittleBits, Big Science" is a project created by Suzanne Stone that engages students grades 3-6 in learning the basic components of computer technology, allowing them to become a part of the "maker revolution." Suzanne won an Innovation Mini Grant to pay for builder kits that will be used in her class for several years. Builder kits with electronics and sensors provide students with the opporutnity to learn basic coding that is the springboard for students to create robotic prototypes. Engineering, Technology, Math and Science are woven into all subject areas, especially in engineering solutions and understanding technology used in the healthcare industry. Rymfire Elementary Flagship focus is Medical Sciences, Health and Fitness. Sixty-one percent of the 49 students who participated in the project, report a greater interest in the STEM subjects.
Weathering & Erosion
Project: Weathering and Erosion of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, FL
School: Rymfire Elementary
Teachers: Heather Doutrick (team leader), Laura Bury, Rachel Bovina, Craig Cavaliere, Jessica Gonzalez, Jennifer Lujan, Stacey Main, Minnich, Sonya Perry
More than 150 students had the opportunity to take a trip back in time thanks to an Innovation Mini Grant awarded to a team of innovative teachers who worked collaboratively across curriculum areas to enable 4 th grade students master curriculum content while learning about architecture, building materials and the people who lived in St. Augustine in the 1500s. Students were able to see the erosion of both the fort and coastline and study the forces and conditions that caused the erosion. In addition students were able to gain insights into the lives of the inhabitants of the oldest city in the nation and contrast with life today. The majority of the funding provided by the grant provided transportation for students to visit St. Augustine, a place the majority of student had not visited in spite of St. Augustine’s close proximity to Palm Coast.