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Mr. Alvarado from Washington DC is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Arts + STEM = STEAM Learning in a Biology Classroom

Help me give my students art supplies to produce vibrant and creative Biology-based models that bring joy and excitement in a STEAM-based curriculum.

  • $475 goal

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My Students

I teach a strong and resilient group of 9th-12th graders at a public high school in Washington DC. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, with several learning English as a Second Language.

Despite the many socio-economic barriers my students face, which are further amplified by the current COVID-19 pandemic, they arrive at school every day eager to learn.

My students love to learn Biology concepts such as genetics, cells, and ecology with a hands-on approach to labs and lessons.

My hope is to inspire more of my students to seek STEM careers. As a graduate of the same high school and as a science teacher I feel the weight of responsibility to demonstrate to my students what is possible in the science fields at a time where Black and Hispanic students in STEM are still critically underrepresented at the college and career level.

My Project

My students over the years have always been excited to create projects with art supplies. Arts and crafts provide an excellent entry point into many complex high-school Biology concepts such as cell division and DNA replication.

My students have a much easier time retaining the information of Biology concepts when arts and crafts are involved, and STEAM-based learning has proven to be very effective for kinesthetic and visual learners.

I am requesting supplies for this project which would help me continue to provide a STEAM-based curriculum in my Biology courses for the school year.

The crayons, watercolors, and markers alongside crafts such as pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes, construction paper, modeling clay and felt sheets will allow students to create various biological models of cell organelles, body systems, ecological dioramas, and DNA, RNA, and protein structures, with the help of scissors and tape and glue sticks to put it all together. Materials will be nicely stored in pencil boxes for even distribution during hands-on activities.

Mr. Alvarado
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 180 students.

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Crayola Bulk Broad Line Washable Markers, School Supplies Classpack, 200 Count, Assorted • Amazon Business $57.38 1 $57.38
Crayola Colored Pencils, Bulk Classpack, Classroom Supplies, 12 Assorted Colors, 240 Count, Standard • Amazon Business $34.08 1 $34.08
Liquid Chalk Markers - 8 Vibrant colors, erasable, non-toxic, water-based, reversible tips, bright colors for kids & adults for glass or chalkboards for businesses, restaurants, or any occasion • Amazon Business $8.28 4 $33.12
16 Colors Watercolor Paint Set Bulk, Pack of 24, Shuttle Art Watercolor Paint Set with Paint Brushes for Kids and Adults, Washable Paint for Classroom, Parties, Kindergarten and Art Activities… • Amazon Business $29.98 1 $29.98
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 36 Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 3 Oz Cans (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Crayola Crayons Bulk, Classroom Supplies for Teachers, 24 Crayon Packs with 24 Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
24 Packs Scissors, 8" Multipurpose Scissors, Ultra Sharp Blade Shears, Comfort-Grip Handles, Sturdy Sharp Scissors for Office Home School Sewing Fabric Craft Supplies, Right/Left Handed • Amazon Business $23.89 1 $23.89
BTSKY Large Capacity Pencil Box, Office Supplies Storage Organizer Box, Brush Painting Pencils Storage Box Watercolor Pen Container Drawing Tools(6 Pack) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 7 Gram, 30 Count • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
flic-flac 48PCS 8 x 12 inches (20 x 30cm) Assorted Color Felt Fabric Sheets Patchwork Sewing DIY Craft 1mm Thick … (20cm 30cm, 48pcs) • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Crayola Construction Paper, 240 Count, 2-Pack (total 480 count) • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
OUTUXED 7200pcs 4mm Glass Seed Beads and 300pcs Alphabet Letter Beads for Bracelets Jewelry Making and Crafts with Elastic String Cords, Tweezers and Accessories DIY Material • Amazon Business $14.59 1 $14.59
Business Source BSN32953 Premium Invisible Tape Value Pack, Clear (12 PACK) • Amazon Business $14.34 1 $14.34
Caydo 324 Pieces Pipe Cleaners 27 Colors Chenille Stems for DIY Art Creative Christmas Crafts Decorations (6 mm x 12 Inch) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Caydo 300 Pieces 1 Inch Assorted Pompoms Multicolor Arts and Crafts Pom Poms Balls for DIY Art Creative Crafts Decorations • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
200 Pieces Wiggle Eyes Self Adhesive Black White Googly Eyes for DIY Crafts Decoration (20mm) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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