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Research shows that giving children exposure to quality, hands-on STEM learning opportunities is so important and familiarity with STEM concepts early on is a key predictor of children’s school success. Working with 18 kindergarteners in a Title 1 school, where funds can be limited, and our students are often economically at a disadvantage, new materials and activities can be hard to come by. The products listed in this grant would allow my students to have more opportunities to learn through hands-on activities. In purchasing these materials I am able to ensure my students have access to hands-on learning to problem solve, explore, and grow. We all want our students to succeed and over the last few years during the pandemic they have not had the opportunities to naturally explore before attending school due to the possibility of exposure to Covid. One of the reasons STEM is a good predictor of school success is that children learn to figure out many ways to solve problems, growing dendrites. I expect our challenges in kindergarten are not going to diminish anytime soon as we have several variants and will probably have a few more. If we can allow our 5 and 6 year olds to experience this type of learning, I believe this will help close the gaps we have been seeing, in our students, the last two years. Receiving this grant would provide my class with materials that would achieve student success, allowing them to have fun exploring while also helping them to improve their academic skills.

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Research shows that giving children exposure to quality, hands-on STEM learning opportunities is so important and familiarity with STEM concepts early on is a key predictor of children’s school success. Working with 18 kindergarteners in a Title 1 school, where funds can be limited, and our students are often economically at a disadvantage, new materials and activities can be hard to come by. The products listed in this grant would allow my students to have more opportunities to learn through hands-on activities. In purchasing these materials I am able to ensure my students have access to hands-on learning to problem solve, explore, and grow. We all want our students to succeed and over the last few years during the pandemic they have not had the opportunities to naturally explore before attending school due to the possibility of exposure to Covid. One of the reasons STEM is a good predictor of school success is that children learn to figure out many ways to solve problems, growing dendrites. I expect our challenges in kindergarten are not going to diminish anytime soon as we have several variants and will probably have a few more. If we can allow our 5 and 6 year olds to experience this type of learning, I believe this will help close the gaps we have been seeing, in our students, the last two years. Receiving this grant would provide my class with materials that would achieve student success, allowing them to have fun exploring while also helping them to improve their academic skills.

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