**Grade:** 9, 10, 11, 12

**Teacher Name: **Anthony Hufford

**Purpose and Rationale:**

I am asking 2 class sets of the PocketLab Voyager devices, as well as temperature and pressure plate sensors to accompany. These devices are a data collection tool that learners can seamlessly collect data with and transfer to their iPads or Macbooks through USB or Bluetooth. This data can then be analyzed and used in real life applications of mathematical concepts. There are applications for the data these devices can collect in every secondary math class, as well as some applications that our counterparts in the science department could take advantage of as well. Immediately, these devices would be utilized within Algebra 2, Calculus, and potentially even Physics.

With these devices, the math department hopes to target 2 of CISD's core values. First, we hope to __engage__ the learners and their families in meaningful experiences in mathematics through the interaction of real data. Secondly, we aim for __great teaching__ and deeper learning in our classrooms by integrating our lessons and projects with authentic data collection beyond abstract textbook definitions. In addition to addressing CISD's values, we will also be focusing on a part of New Tech's mission - empowering learners to collaborate to solve real world problems. There are few better ways to provide learners with real world problems than to allow them to collect data themselves in situations they can see with their own eyes.

**Strategy:**

Upon receipt of these devices, the math & science departments combined would come together for an informal training session on the various uses of the devices. Immediately beyond that, Algebra 2 will utilize these devices for learners to explore the needs for polynomial functions to model non-linear data sets. This is even before the application of these devices stated below. Calculus will also utilize these devices to collect data on position, velocity, and acceleration. Using this data, the Calculus learners will be able to compare graphs of the three to explore the ideas of derivatives and integration. These 2 projects alone will affect over 100 students at New Tech.

Beyond these 2 projects, every mathematics course and half of the science courses have a project in which they would like to use these devices. Below is a list of courses, as well as 1 example from each courses where these devices would be utilized. Many of the courses have multiple applicable units & projects beyond what is stated. Through these myriad examples, all 350+ learners at New Tech would experience hands-on data collection and data analysis through the lens of various contents.

- Algebra 1 - Rates of Change
- Geometry - Angular Velocity
- Algebra 2 - Exponential Decay through Newton's Law of Cooling
- PreCalculus - Light Intensity for Sinusoidial Functions
- AP Calculus AB - Derivates & Rates of Change
- AP Calculus BC - Motion through Parametric Equations
- AP Statistics - Analyzing Data Sets for Statstical Significance
- Physics 1 - Motion
- Physics 2 - Friction
- Earth & Space Science - Atmospheric & Weather Conditions
- Forensics - Atmospheric Conditions in Application to Decomposition

**External Resources:**

To fully utilize the devices, we will be using lesson plans & guides provided by the company that creates them - PocketLab. (URL: https://www.thepocketlab.com/educators/resources) These will be a great starting point to develop our own projects and lessons, as well.

**Evaluation Summary:**

Success of our project will be determined by the level of learner engagement, targeting that CISD core value. We will look at overall learner engagement as well as engagement of each individual learner. Secondly, the success of our project will be measured by deeper mastery of content as evidenced by learners being able to convey true meaning & understanding through performance tasks. Finally, success will be measured by the increase of scores on state assessments as well as on the ACT or SAT.

**Estimated Completion Date:**

By mid-January these devices will be implemented in at least 2 classes - AP Calculus AB and Algebra 2.

**Items you plan to purchase with grant money:**

- 2x Classroom Set (10x PocketLab Voyager)
- 20x Temperature Probe - PocketLab Voyager and Weather
- 20x PocketLab Voyager Tactile Pressure Sensor

**The minimum amount I need to get started on this grant is** $ 3864.