Grants in Action

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Graphing Calculators

Amount: $1,500   |   Campus: Lake Travis High School, Mr. Schuler

Calculators serve as aids in advancing student understanding without replacing the need for other calculation methods. Calculator use can promote the higher-order thinking and reasoning needed for problem solving in our information- and technology-based society. Their use can also assist teachers and students in increasing student understanding of and fluency with arithmetic operations, algorithms, and numerical relationships and enhancing student motivation. Strategic calculator use can aid students in recognizing and extending numeric, algebraic, and geometric patterns and relationships.

Mock Courtroom

Amount: $1,500   |   Campus: Lake Travis High School, Mr. Monahan

My classroom motto is “Voice Is Power.” I truly believe that the more opportunities we give students to think on their feet and use evidence as the foundation for their beliefs, the better they are equipped to begin solving the problems they will face in the future and persuade others to empathize with their point of view. This grant is about getting students excited about talking about those ruminations that often just linger in their heads and never see the light of day. Ultimately, they will learn how to engage in face-to-face civil discourse in a manner that enhances understanding and reaches consensus without engendering negativity or hate.

3D Molecular Models for Biology Classes

Amount: $4,200   |   Campus: Lake Travis High School, Ms. Waugh

Models help illustrate abstract concepts to student in biology. Not having had chemistry yet, 9th graders have a hard time visualizing molecular processes. Examples on paper and on the computer do not give students the same depth of exaple as physical models do. Models allow teachers customize instruciton in small group to respond to learning needs in the teachable moment. In order for us to effectively incorporate this into our lesson plans our team is desiring 7 sets per teacher, to keep our group sizes to only 4 students.

Investigating Environmental Science through Inquiry

Amount: $5,000   |   Campus: Lake Travis High School, Mr. Capalupo

Environmental Science incorporates a compilation of all sciences into one. Learning all the required content for a student to be well prepared for the AP exam leaves little time for extended laboratory/ field investigations, research projects or field trips. Students are expected to learn content at a distance from the natural world. This will allow us to bridge the gap between authentic learning and classroom learning to achieve a more well rounded student who we feel will be much more prepared for their AP exam as well as for future continuation of their education

Analytical Balance

Amount: $4,250   |   Campus: Lake Travis High School, Mr. Coslet

Environmental Science incorporates a compilation of all sciences into one. Learning all the required content for a student to be well prepared for the AP exam leaves little time for extended laboratory/ field investigations, research projects or field trips. Students are expected to learn content at a distance from the natural world. This will allow us to bridge the gap between authentic learning and classroom learning to achieve a more well rounded student who we feel will be much more prepared for their AP exam as well as for future continuation of their education