2010-11 Innovation Grant Winners:
Monica Tolva, Vernon Hills High School -- Lending Library Media Center Books in New Technological Formats: This project will provide students and staff the option to experience literature in new technological formats. Audio books will be available on MP3 players and digital books will be available on viewing pads. With permission from a parent/guardian, students can check out these new formats. Funds will be used to purchase 5 Barnes and Noble Nooks and 5 MP3 players, plus start a collection of downloaded titles.
Corey Atwell, Vernon Hills High School -- Safe Navigation: G.P.S. Units (Go Places Safely): The Driver Education Staff would like to utilize portable GPS units to enhance instruction. Students will be taught how to use the technology safely and how to utilize features that can help in case of emergencies. The units will also enhance classroom projects related to trip planning and map reading skills. The grant money will be used to purchase 3 TomTom Go 740 Live GPS receivers
Joshua Ravenscraft, Vernon Hills High School -- Household Electricity: Students will be actively participating in building circuits that are common in every household. These circuits will show the AP Physics C students that the theories they have learned regarding current, resistance, power, wiring circuits, magnetism and inductance over the last two years are very applicable in the real world. Funds will be used to purchase all the supplies needed to build common electrical devices.
Rebecca Austin, Kelly Garrison, Amy O’Neill, Sheila Russell, Liz Wietrzak, Vernon Hills High School -- Bridge Group: Students will participate in social and transitional activities to enable them to be better prepared for life after high school. A specific group of 15-20 students who exhibit deficits in the school setting will be targeted. These students will participate in after school activities such as cooking, grocery shopping, eating at restaurants, using public transportation, and other recreational/leisure activities. Grant money will be used for instructional materials, supplies, a speaker, and funds for low income participants.
Sherri Rukes, Libertyville High School -- Fish Tails: Merging Chemistry and Biology by Looking at the Great Lakes: Connecting biology and chemistry, this project will give the students the opportunity to explore existing problems with the Great Lakes. The Shedd Aquarium will come to school to teach the science department about the Great Lakes. Next, teachers will go to the Shedd and learn firsthand about the Great Lakes. Students in Honors Biology, Chemistry and AP Chemistry will have an in-school session regarding the Great Lakes and then the AP classes will take a field trip to the learn firsthand the complexities of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Funds will be used for Shedd staff to conduct the in-school sessions, fees for science department teachers to attend the session at the aquarium, and fees for the AP classes to take the class at the Shedd.
Sherri Rukes, Libertyville High School -- Nanotechnology: Big Things from a Tiny World: This project will have chemistry classes looking into the concept and emergence of nanotechnology and how it impacts what they see in stores, medical fields, and elsewhere. It will be done by various demonstrations, activities, laboratories, and discussions. Project funds will be used to buy a Spec 20 spectrophotometer, materials needed to make gold and silver nanoparticles, and samples of materials that use nanotechnology. (LHS-Sherri Rukes)
Sherri Rukes, Libertyville High School -- Solar Cells: The Forgotten Energy Source: Chemistry students will be introduced to the concept of alternative energy and give them another source of energy to look at. Students will look at the design, functionality, and efficiency of a solar cell and compare this source of energy to biofuel, gasoline, wind, etc. They will test the solar cells and see how they compare to the outputs of other energy sources. Funds will be used to purchase the materials necessary for building and examining solar cells. (LHS-Sherri Rukes)
Adam Lueken, Vernon Hills High School -- A Greener/Healthier Future: Students in PE courses will use a bicycle hooked up to a power generator to create the necessary energy to power the fans, TV, and possibly other devices inside the cardio room. Along with Physical Education, Biology and Applied Technology classes will have opportunities to use this device in their units on electrical energy and alternative energy. Project funds will be used to purchase all the equipment necessary to generate power from a stationary bicycle.