PE Shoe Loaner Program Beverly Zwick, K-8 Physical Ed, Dysart Elementary School Research shows that there are many health and academic benefits for students when they are able to participate in physical activity on a regular basis. However, students sometimes attend PE classes without appropriate shoes for various reasons, including that they don’t own the right kind or they have outgrown their shoes. This program will allow them to borrow a pair of shoes to participate in the PE class and exercise safely. Shoes will be disinfected in-between uses.
Design Thinking Using a Makerbot 3D Printer Nichole Perez, K-8 iExplore Program, West Point Elementary Students will redesign teacher supplies such as staplers, etc. by surveying teachers, creating original designs on Tinker Cad software, and use the 3D printer purchased with DEF Grant funds to print a replica of their product. Activities will also include an analysis of the resulting prototype and a marketing campaign for their product.
Little Bits Innovations for iExplore/ MakerSpace Classes Liana Gillespie and Kristin Binazeski, K-8, iExplore Program, Canyon Ridge Elementary Little Bits is an open-source library of electronic modules that allow users to learn electronics via prototypes. Using the DEF funded Little Bits equipment, students will create circuitry and then use their creations in their original projects.
Picture-in-a-Flash Kelly Potter, Teacher for the Visually Impaired, K-12, District Tactile graphics, including tactile pictures, diagrams, maps, and graphs, are images that use raised surfaces so that a blind or visually impaired person can access them through touch rather than sight. While braille is available in the District, tactile graphics are more complex. Using the Picture-in-a-Flash Embosser that will be purchased with DEF funds, a printed image, drawing, or photocopy can be scanned and a raised image will result.
Lighting Up the Theater ClassroomKendra Schroeder, Theater, 9-12, Shadow Ridge High School DEF funds will be used to purchase lighting equipment, including a laptop, necessary for students in theater classes to use in order to explore and learn lighting techniques. Students will learn how to mix color, use the lighting design program to create cues, create a plot, run a show, and focus lights.
Piano Schoologists Diane Richardson, Music 5 – 8 Surprise Elementary School Students will learn to play a self-selected piano piece on purchased keyboards and record themselves multiple times in order to assess their own progress identify areas to work on. In addition to twelve keyboards, the DEF grant will fund keyboard stands and headsets.
Wearing Art Christina Williams, Art, 7-8, Marley Park Elementary Students will have the experience of creating and running a clothing business, including the logo design, company name, prototype of their product, and potential price breakdown. They will also design and dye their fabric as well as cut and sew it to achieve the finished product. Funds will be used to purchase the materials for the wax resist process of fabric dyeing.
Chromebooks in the Art Room Sara Mendoza, Art 3-8, Rancho Gabriela Elementary Five new Chromebooks in this art classroom will allow students internet access to images that can be used to teach fundamental art techniques, processes, and use of tools. Downloaded images can be used as a reference as students begin their own creation. When students study an art style, they will be able to access and study the work of other artists who use that same style.