News Release - Classroom Innovation Grant Update


On August 12, 2015 the California Educational Research Association (CERA) announced this year's Classroom Innovation Grant recipients. These grants awards were centered around developing innovative classroom projects. Only three schools were awarded, Mesa View Middle School (Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District), New Technology High School (Napa Valley Unified School District) and High Tech High Media Arts (San Diego Unified School District). 

Special Congratulations to Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District!

Project: Electrifying Education through the Next Generation Science Standard

Kellie Penninos
Mesa View Middle School
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District

Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation is a new field of study in the Next Generation Science Standards. The tools purchased with this grant will be used to allow students to detect the various levels of electromagnetic radiation around us, research the variances between mobile carriers and detection levels, and compare the radiation produced between states in our nation and the rest of fthe world. Studens in Science would collaborate with our Math and STE Elective departments, utilizing GIS (Geographic Information Systems), to both graph and map the results discovered.

Playlicious: Because Games are Powerful Teachers
Lisa Gottfried
New Technology High School
Napa Valley unified School District

In teams of 4-6 people, students will create professionally printed, educational table-top games including originally designed 3D printed game pieces, cards, board, game box, etc. Each game will teach students curriculum that address a minimum of three Common-Core State Standards. Students will utilize project managment skills and demonstrate oral/written communication skills. At every stage of the project, students will engage in problem-solving in literacy and numeracy.

In Built Environment
Margaret Noble
High Tech High Media Arts
San Diego Unified School District

In this semester long project, students will use computer programming and digital art to explore man-made structures found in urban/rural design and architecture. Throughout this investigation, they will uncover not only the formal aspects of 3D visual representation but also critically analyze the impact that man-made environments create for human interaction. They will work collaboratively between their multimedia, math and humanities classes for total immersion in this project. This work and research will culminate into a final exhibition of artistic renderings using projections, 3D computer design and paper sculpture to simulate a virtual city.

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