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Mrs. Leigh from Modesto CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Arigato, Mr. Roboto! Lego Robots for New STEAM Class

My students need the beginner Lego robots to enhance our brand new STEAM course where they can use math and practical problem solving skills.

  • $590 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The sixth grade students at my school are a diverse group of learners that come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We have students from all socioeconomic groups, with the majority coming from disadvantaged homes. We also have many students that are Syrian refugees, from Iraq and Afghanistan, and Mexico.

However, they share one common desire; to learn with real world hands on applications.

The funny part is that they do not even realize this because when they are learning from authentic and organic experiences. They don't think of it as learning activity. They think of it as fun! It's amazing to see the "melting pot" of students come together and collaborate towards a common goal.

My Project

My school district has started a STEAM Academy for K-5 and now it's time for those students to enter middle school for sixth grade. We are starting a new STEAM cohort including two sixth grade classes.

After much research on providing problem solving opportunities and visiting other robotics programs, I have concluded that the Lego Robotics curriculum is a perfect solution for my STEAM students.

It offers a wide range of differentiation so all students can be challenged. Since we have over 300 sixth graders at my school, I also want to start a Robotics Club to provide access to all sixth grade students.

I watched a young fifth grader go through the trial and error process of programming her robot to get through an obstacle course. Each time she had to make a tweak to her program, I saw her developing grit and fostering a growth mindset. The challenge was exciting and encouraged her to persevere. While I also observed the students using math skills, I think the positive character traits that can be developed using robotics are priceless.

Robots are expensive and I understand that I have to start small. I already have one robot kit being purchased through our start-up STEAM funds. This opportunity will provide us with a second robot kit. I'm also looking into other district grants to provide a more comprehensive robotics program. Thank you for your consideration on this exciting venture.

Mrs. Leigh
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core Set • LEGO Education $411.95 1 $411.95

Materials cost

$411.95

Vendor shipping charges

$15.00

State sales tax

$37.69

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.18

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$500.82

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$88.38

Total project goal

$589.20

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$589.20

4 Donors

-$307.09

Donations toward project cost

-$261.03

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$46.06

Matching donations from our partners

-$282.11

Match offers toward project cost

-$239.79

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$42.32

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$0.00

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