Christie Willis, technology teacher with Brock’s Gap Intermediate, recently received a grant from the Hoover City Foundation to fund a new tech initiative under the name Project P.I.G. (Project iPod Greenhouse). Funds supported the purchase of 10 Apple iPods for use in math and science curricula, now taking place in an experiential learning environment.
Using an outdoor classroom setting and aided by iPod applications like LeafSnap, students are deploying math and science skills as they take snapshots of leaves, decipher what types of plants inhibit this environment and learn how much water and food is required to sustain this plant life. To follow the Project P.I.G. blog, visit projectipodgreenhouse.wordpress.com.
Brock’s Gap sixth grade science teacher Jana Maynard also received a grant, which will support What’s Cooking Sunshine? and helped Maynard purchase three solar cookers for sixth grade science student use and members of the Earthsavers/Science Club. The goal of this project is to help students develop a better understanding of solar energy.