• A Place for Makers

    A Makerspace constitutes a place designated for gathering together to make, create, invent, tinker, innovate, and problem solve using a variety of resources.  Bringing students, school staff, and parents/community members to a common place such as the school library to participate in critical and creative thinking activities will transform the learning environment.

    Olson - Tiffany Dudley

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  • Always Wonder, Always Question!

    Science is like magic to the eyes of a child where little experiments provide for wonderment and questioning. It is where we can imagine, invent, and inspire. The purpose of this project is designed to provide and involve first grade students with hands-on and process-based experiences to heighten a child's interest and achievement in the scientific process. 

    Kerr - Regena Bell

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  • Anderson's Sprouting Stars Garden

    Anderson's Sprouting Stars Garden is a project that will affect not only students in school, but also at home. In partnership with AISD's Student Nutrition Department and Anderson's PTA, students will grow and taste their own produce through Farm Fresh Friday.

    Anderson - Rebecca Beane Perdue

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  • Egg-ceptional Observations

    Students will observe chicken eggs in an incubator and then experience the hatching process in their own classroom. Students will get to see the life cycle of a chicken happen right before their eyes!

    Marion - Kim Leslie

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  • Exploring Science with the Perot Museum

    Olson sixth graders will interact with instructors from the Perot Museum while extending their classroom knowledge of matter and Earth science. In the fall semester, students will attend an auditorium presentation about physical and chemical properties and changes of matter. In the spring semester, students will participate in a hands-on station activity involving the rock cycle, plate tectonics, and land formations.

    Olson - Jillian Sims

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  • Full Steam Ahead with DNA Analysis in Ninth Grade

    Students enrolled in any biology course at Lowery Freshman Center will experience first hand the use of the MiniOne Gel Electrophoresis system. This can be used for DNA analysis techniques including DNA fingerprinting used in both crime scene investigation and paternity testing scenarios.

    Lowery - Ann Swain

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  • Growing Memories

    Through our Growing Memories grant, GATE second grade students will design and create their own community garden to share with the rest of Vaughan Elementary. This will become an outside extension of the science laboratory for the study and investigation of plants and insects for discovery learning.

    Vaughan - Jessica Gitzinger

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  • Hands On Science

    STEMscopes help students learn science through hands-on exploration and inquiry.  The investigations and activities bring science to life for our students so they can learn by doing.

    Rountree - Christi Gallagher

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  • Makers Day!!!

    Makers Fridays will be days throughout the year where the entire student body is learning about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and acquiring a number of skills they will need in such a technology driven world.

    Lindsey - Leslie Janek

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  • Makerspace: Maximizing Creative Genius

    Through Makerspace: Maximizing Creative Genius, Vaughan Elementary will enable students to synthesize background knowledge and apply their artistic skills to learn and create, all while fostering independent learning.

    Vaughan - Jessica Gitzinger

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  • Making Virtual Reality an Actual Reality!

    This grant would enable students to use virtual reality headsets in class along with educational apps downloaded to cell phones to explore all sorts of scientific subjects! The headsets will provide a visual learning journey that no other device would be able to.

    Curtis - Randall Mobley

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  • Mindful Makers: Consumable Makerspace

    Makerspaces are the latest way to bring creativity, technology, innovation, scientific research, and hands-on learning to students. Through Mindful Makers, Vaughan Elementary will offer all of its students experiences to help them become creative, capable 21st century learners.

    Vaughan - Jessica Gitzinger

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  • Printer Phenomenon!

    CTE classes, including STEM and Graphics Design, have a need for a 3D printer.  The students must understand how to program, design, and bring to fruition a project in 3D dimensions.  Currently, we have one dimensional projects with the software. The project will be implemented through Graphics Design and STEM classes with printing out parts of a project that will allow for proper function of the project.

    Ford - Mary Claire March

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  • Rountree Robotics Club

    The STEM Robotics Club is a great way to teach students about collaboration, programming, and problem solving. Students have the exciting opportunity to create and build robots with their classmates!

    Rountree - Gina Golden

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  • Science in a Shoebox

    Fifth grade science students at Marion Elementary will participate in engaging hands-on learning stations.  This will provide all learners the opportunity to discover and discuss their finding with peers.

    Marion - Melody Ostrander

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  • Science Night

    Science Night allows third and fourth graders to experience hands-on, unique, and exciting experiments involving the states of matter. They get to share the joy of discovery with their parents and classmates.

    Bolin - Breanna Daniels

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  • Science on the Move

    Sixth grade students travel to K-5 classes to teach a concept and share labs and activities to reinforce that concept.  In the process, sixth graders reinforce their own learning as well. Everyone benefits, having fun at the same time.

    Bolin - Iris Seria

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  • STEM for Kinders

    Projects will be used during exploration centers, fine motor activities, and cross-curricular subjects. Kindergarten students will be given specific problems to solve every week using project based learning. Students will work collaboratively in groups, as well as in pairs. It will encourage students to become innovators and creative thinkers, while beginning to understand how to be problem solvers.

    Vaughan - Julie Steen

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  • Understanding the Human Body Using Life Science Models

    Models of the human body systems are used to increase the depth of knowledge of our students concerning the structures and functions that make up these systems. Students can more easily understand their bodies and how the systems of their bodies work together.

    Ereckson - Lori Allen

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