Flagler County Teachers receive grants for Technology and Environmental Sustainability Projects
The Old Kings Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recognizes one outstanding senior each year on the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.
This year that student was Brielle Goldberg, a senior at Flagler Palm Coast High School.
Brielle is an active member of the band, Student Government Association, and Community Problem Solvers. She also serves as the senior class vice president and, in that role, is implementing a Class Community Service Project.
Brielle is leading her classmates in a drowning prevention initiative by advocating water safety throughout Flagler County. The students plan to distribute water safety information at local events, as well as work with local realtors, and other community members.
Four Flagler County teachers were awarded funding for innovative projects they will be implementing in their classrooms.
Flagler County teachers awarded grants for Technology and Environmental Sustainability Projects
Melanie Tahan was awarded funding for a makerspace project to help develop creativity and critical thinking through play for younger students. This grant will provide the media center with technology products to help the students engage in robotics, movie-making, and digital design. The grant coincides with a larger project, The Hammock, which is what the new space will be named. Tahan teamed up with a group of RES Community Problem Solver students that are helping to reimagine The Hammock space in its entirety.
Buddy Taylor Middle School
Andrew Medearis, a STEM teacher at BTMS is facilitating a switchgrass biomass growing trial with Ernst Seed Company, and Penn State University. The TERRA grant awarded technology for this project, helping his class attempt to create biodiesel and bioethanol from the switchgrass, as well as collect and analyze data from the crops. The project will fund field cameras that will take time lapse pictures, and allow the students to document the growth of the switchgrass.
Old Kings Elementary
Kim Weeks will use money from the TERRA grant to create an augmented reality sandbox, and an ocean exploration station, in the media center. This will enable students to go on virtual underwater adventures, and explore ocean habitats. This project will serve as an excellent addition to the Old Kings Marine Science Flagship Program.
Michele Mantell, a STEM teacher at BES, was awarded money to purchase various educational technology items, including 360 cameras, to allow students to create their own virtual field trips, Virtual Reality goggles, and Makedo cardboard construction kits. These projects will help students develop communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking skills.
“We are excited to receive funding which helps supports our 1:1 initiative and the creative ideas of teachers,” Ryan Deising, executive director of innovation for Flagler Schools said.