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Mrs. Fontana from Dekalb IL is requesting a class trip through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

5th Graders Ultimate STEM Experience!

Help me give my students (and ALL 5th graders) an awesome STEM experience at Northern Illinois University!

  • $5,290 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

This grant is being requested for the ENTIRE 5th grade in District 428. All 550+ students in the fifth grade, from Cortland to DeKalb to Malta will benefit.

Our students are a diverse, energetic, and creative bunch, who all love to learn!

They especially benefit from the fun and excitement of hands-on lessons, which is why we have made STEM education a focus in the fifth grade. From building robots to using Ozobots, Makey-makey, and Spheros, our students learn and grow through the many activities we participate in throughout the school year!

My Project

The 5th-grade curriculum team is looking for ways to introduce more STEM education into our curriculum. One way to help prepare our students for our 5th grade STEAM Expo is to participate in a STEM Reads Experience at NIU. This experience will allow our students to better prepare for the Expo, get to know other students in D428, and engage with a wide variety of hands-on STEM activities. Students will work with NIU faculty, staff, and students in an exciting environment.

Providing students with hands-on STEM, Social Justice, writing, and reading experiences in an engaging environment will greatly increase their engagement in future STEM activities.

We are also hoping to inspire our students to become excited about all that our local University, NIU, has to offer them.

Mrs. Fontana
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Component Company Total
Activity NIU STEMReads $4,400.00

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