• 3D Printers for STEM

    Not every student has the opportunity to use a 3D printer, however every student that take a STEM course should have the opportunity to use one. STEM is growing in schools and around us and so are 3D printers. In STEM, students learn to design using computers and with the access of a 3D printer, these students will be able to make their projects come alive. 

    Ereckson - Graham Gadd

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  • Anderson's Mobile Cookery

    Anderson's portable kitchen allows students to participate in the preparation of the Sprouting Stars fresh produce, executing recipes, and sampling their creations. This program expands students' palates and knowledge of how to eat for a healthy lifestyle.

    Anderson - Becky Purdue

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  • Ballistics in Forensic Science

    Forensic ballistics is the examination of evidence relating to firearms at a crime scene, including the effects and behavior of projectiles and explosive devices. A forensic ballistics expert matches bullets, fragments, and other evidence. Forensic Science students at Allen High School will be immersed in the study of ballistics with realistic tools and crime scene recreation and modern forensic techniques to become experts in the Sacco & Vanzetti crime scene which happened in the 1920s.

    Allen High School - Tara Allgood

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  • Bringing World Class Experts into the Classroom

    AIM teachers are implementing the online tool NEPRIS to bring professionals and university level academics into Allen ISD Elementary classrooms, creating moments of meaningful real-life discovery for every student, every day. Students will be able to meet and interact with real life role models from the convenience of their own classrooms. 

    Olson - Brenda Fee

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  • Coasting To Success!

    Students will explore models of rollercoasters to see potential and kinetic energy in action. They'll use STEM concepts as they research, design, test, and refine a rollercoaster model to show the Law of Conservation of Energy and the physics behind amusement park rides.

    Curtis - Rob Burke

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  • Force and Energy It's a Snap!

    Force and Energy It's a Snap! is a project to provide the necessary tools and resources to enable fifth grade students to get a hands on understanding of how force works, be able to make their own force, energy, and electrical projects and understand the concepts of how force and energy impacts their world.

    Olson - Deborah Bellando

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  • Hands On and FULL SPEED AHEAD!

    This grant will provide a dynamic hands-on experience for 6th graders that they can, in turn, share with kindergarteners through vertical teaming that will ignite and expand their understanding of the Force and Motion Unit. Most specifically, it will help 6th graders explore and discover what speed is all about through the building and modification of model cars, technology enhanced ramps, collection of speed data, speed calculations, and graphing.

    Kerr - Mary Interrante

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  • High resolution WiFi cameras to view, capture, and edit microscopic images

    Anatomy & Physiology and Pathophysiology students will use these high resolution streaming WiFi cameras to view, capture, and edit microscopic images. By creating its own WiFi signal, the camera can connect with the students' Android or iOS device with the free MotiConnect app. This will be used by students to observe normal tissues in anatomy and pathologic or cancerous tissues in in pathophysiology.

    Allen High School - Benjamin Wilkinson


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  • Lead with Science

    Got STEAM? Along with Green Elementary's Family STEAM Night, students and their families will have the opportunity to participate in an engaging exploration of Alternative Energy at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

    Green - Pamela Churchill


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  • Makers in the Middle

    With the increased availability of technology, a culture of making is becoming very important to both businesses and institutions of higher education. In order to provide Allen students with opportunities to create and solve problems with their peers, a Makerspace initiative begin at the elementary campuses. This project would allow the same experiences for the district middle school students.

    Admin - Melissa Kelly

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  • Makerspace: Cultivating Innovation

    Makerspace: Cultivating Innovation will provide all Cheatham students with many opportunities to participate in hands-on learning activities using higher-order thinking skills. STEAM activities will allow students to be creative, use their problem solving skills and to work cooperatively with others to challenge their thinking in innovative ways.

    Cheatham - Amy Gamble

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  • Makey Makey 2.0

    Makey Makey 2.0 provides technology tools for use in Marion Elementary library's innovation stations. Each station gives students of all academic levels the opportunity to practice collaboration and original, creative thought while they engage in coding and develop digital products.

    Marion - Deborah Sellars

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  • Making Molecular Processes Visible

    Students will use molecular models to make the biological processes and structures that previously were invisible to them visible and understandable. These models will allow students to visualize protein structure, protein synthesis and cell membrane structure and function--three critically important concepts in biology. The models will also help teachers to anticipate student misunderstandings and misconceptions about these processes/structures in order to improve student learning of the concepts.

    Allen High School - Lee Ferguson

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  • Newtonian LOVE!

    Physics and Newton's Laws can be tough for students to visualize. This grant would go towards replacing equipment used in a lab that helps students get first-hand experience with Newtonian laws by adding mass (old film canisters filled with pennies) to carts, giving it propulsion (rubber bands) and then getting to light the string on fire and watch it fly across the tile floor. This helps to reinforce the the concept of mass and its effect on force and motion.

    Ford - MaryClaire March

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  • Project Stoichiometry

    Stoichiometry requires complex mathematical calculations which can be intimidating for students. Project Stoichiometry uses a set of challenges as an opportunity of for students to see stoichiometry beyond the calculations. The activities encourage small group learning as students work together to solve the challenges presented to the group.

    Allen High School - Melissa Davis

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  • Rollercoasters Make Physics Fun

    Roller coaster models, photogates and timers will be utilized by approximately 900 physics students to provide hands on, real-world examples. Many students find physics to be challenging; however, with this new equipment the physics labs can help students build a strong conceptual foundation and allow for more rigorous questioning. Through these real-life experiences, students will have an opportunity to master physics while developing 21st century skills such as collaborating, communicating, and problem solving.

    Allen High School - Sara Holloway

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  • Science on the Move

    Science on the Move is an innovative program that allows Bolin's sixth grade students to plan and implement fun, engaging science lessons to share with younger students. Sometimes the best way to learn is to teach, and when it is up to the sixth graders to know the information well enough to share it, they take it more seriously.

    Bolin - Iris Seria

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  • ScienceSaurus Student Handbooks

    ScienceSaurus Handbooks Level 4-5 helps students learn though hands on exploration and inquiry. The handbooks provide support to hands-on science that is done in the lab as well as reinforce literacy, vocabulary and research writing.

    Preston - Valarie Cole

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  • Sieve

    Norton Elementary fourth graders will learn how to sift soil and apply measurement concepts while learning scientific discovery using the 5 layer sieve. The project is part of using this sieve in Norton's science lab and outdoor discovery for fourth graders. Tasks will include investigating properties of matter, investigating soil, sand, and other sediment during our soil unit, and using the sieve for designing experiments.

    Norton - Tricia Dobson

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  • STEAM Buddies

    STEAM Buddies partners students across Marion Elementary grade levels to explore STEAM concepts and activities. Through STEAM Buddies, students are able to engage, explore, and extend higher level thinking. Students would have additional opportunities to participate in new ways of learning. Not only would students engage in multiple STEAM activities, but they would also develop activities related to STEAM and present the activity to younger students and/or peers.

    Marion - Brooke Cherry

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  • STEAM Friday Engineering Connections

    Bolin second grade students will participate in various STEAM projects every Friday that encourage creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and innovation.

    Bolin - Emily Barrett

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  • STEAM Hour

    STEAM Hour is a set period of time where the students are given a project that requires them to be creative, problem solve, and apply their learning from math and science. These projects will occur every Friday at Bolin Elementary, and provide experiences that will expand students' engineering skills immensely and apply their science and math skills in a real-life way. Students also gain valuable experience by collaborating in teams during which they need to communicate in a productive way.

    Bolin - Breanna Daniels

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  • The Powers of Spectrometry!

    Allen High School chemistry students will learn to use a spectrometer to determine identities of unknown substances, concentrations of known substances, and the limitations of determining unknown substances and concentrations. They will be able to interact with equipment functionally similar to those currently used in laboratories in the private sector as well as universities. They will also connect the relevance of the electromagnetic spectrum to real world scenarios such as urine and blood tests, identifying unknown chemicals or working with samples in a forensic setting.

    Allen High School - Sandra Lee

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  • We DO Science In Guided Reading

    First graders at Anderson Elementary will build knowledge about physical, life and earth science through the use of guided reading sets that correlate with their science studies. Students will read at their appropriate level as they master essential science content made possible with the use of different versions of each title.

    Anderson - Patricia Bachellor

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