The only thing my students love more than technology is using technology to solve real-world problems. They are experts at identifying opportunities to improve our school and building the capacity to make these improvements. My first graders designed a shade structure to protect Kindergartners from UV radiation, and my 5th graders reached out to the district about starting a composting program here at our school to reduce food waste.
Whenever faced with a challenge, my students are fearless innovators and problem-solvers.
They could spend hours tinkering with circuits or making adjustments to a model glider. No matter what new type of technology I throw at them, they become experts, staying persistent in the face of obstacles and teaching each other what they've learned. I can't wait to see what they want to learn about next!
We've got some great technology at our school--in their STEM class, students have access to computers, iPads, and 3D printers. My students are incredible at using technology to be makers and problem-solvers and deserve an incredible space to develop as 21st-century learners.
My students deserve to learn in a space that inspires them and supports their growth as innovators.
The STEM Lab at my school may have top-notch technology, but the lab requires some updates to meet the needs of my learners and the new realities of these technologies. Students building and programming robots need cushions to sit on as they build and test designs on the floor. When working on iPads to create 3D-printed designs, students shouldn't be sitting by themselves at desks, but next to one another on ottomans, sharing their designs and their expertise. When students have spent months perfecting a compound machine that solves a design challenge, they deserve to see that invention displayed in the classroom on shelves for all to see.
These supplies create an innovative space that is responsive to the needs of my learners and the needs of a 21st century STEM classroom. Donating to this project does not just impact 1 class of students, but impacts all of the 400+ students I serve as the STEM teacher at my school.
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