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E.G. Ross Elementary School

E.G. Ross Elementary School is the 2018 Best In Class Winner




Number of Students Impacted: 450

The fund created a “MAKERSPACE” which is lab that provides a hands-on learning environment, as well as a Digital Learning Lab (DL where students focus on digital literacy through the coding language. The MAKERSPACE offers activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Literacy, Transformation and Health or STEALTH. The creative space provides challenges that help students acquire and improve literacy skills while using the model of Inquiry Based Learning. Over 450 students participate in the STEALTH MAKERSPACE and Digital Learning Lab once a week for 50 minutes each.

Classes enter the STEALTH MAKERSPACE and have the opportunity to choose what learning group and experience they prefer. There are many examples of how students use the STEALTH MAKERSPACE. The first group may want to explore how exercise relates to health. The group then experiments with different physical activities and utilizes an app on the iPad to measure heart rate. One measuring option is having one student run, one student walk, one student walk holding weights. They monitor their heart rates with iPads and use their device to create a graph, in the Numbers app, and document their data. They record results and compare data.  The second group of students collect bug samples and observe them by using digital microscopes, handheld magnifying glasses and traditional lab microscopes.  They learn about the different tools used to observe their insects. Once, they have finished their observations, they document their findings and create their own bug using various materials in the STEALTH MAKERSPACE. The created insects reside in the BUG JUNGLE.  A third group of students may choose the light table to learn about constellations.  Students create their own constellations using black construction paper, white pencils or chalk, rulers and their imagination! Students show off their constellations and replicate the sky, using the light table. They write short stories about their constellation, and finish their project by adding it to each classroom Constellation Keynote on the iPad. Their stories are shared, in small literacy groups, back in the classrooms. The fourth group uses robotic devices like Sphero’s, Ollies and Ozobots to introduce basic coding skills. Students use different digital devices to learn how to code the various robots and then put them through student made mazes, made from building blocks and PVC pipe.  The fifth group reads and follows blueprint instructions to measure, construct and launch a ping pong balls catapult. The catapults are built from consumable objects in the STEALTH MAKERSPACE.  They test the catapult, and review different variables that made their catapult successful or what they may have done to improve it.  The choice is up to them. The group writes a program to recreate the catapult using 3D software and create the catapult on a 3-D printer.

The opportunities are endless as every student has access to unlimited learning potential based on their own individual interests. The literacy objectives gained from the use of the STEALTH MAKERSPACE and Digital Learning Lab, are for students to read and comprehend various texts.  Including blueprints, technical writing, scientific analysis and research, build strong content knowledge, respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and subject area, and acquire the technology digital media skills needed to strategically and capably promote communication skills and increase test scores. Using a variety of methods, E.G. Ross Elementary School aims to measure their progress against these literacy objectives through performance assessments, standardized tests, observations, writing samples, and other indicators of the impact of the STEALTH MAKERSPACE and Digital Learning Lab on achievement. Performance can be immediately measured (in real-time) using Insight 360 Student Response System and Swivl on tablets, iPads and laptops. By reaching these literacy objectives, it has empowered the students to communicate and thrive successfully in a changing society.

Where will the $15,000 in funding go?

Upgrade the Sandbox Computer
Purchase Coding Kits
Purchase Robotic and Circuit Kits
Purchase Sensory Bin Storage



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