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Mrs. Young from Elwood IN is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Breakout of Traditional Classrooms

My students need to become active in learning. Students will have to solve clues to 'breakout' various items they want such as an answer key, iPads, etc. This makes learning engaging and fun.

  • $277 goal

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My Students

I teach in a low-income school system. In January of 2017 I was given the opportunity to teach STEM/makerspace full time. Students were excited and frustrated with the concept. They loved the new information and activities, but struggled to complete tasks that answers were not given. They wanted step by step instructions as they are usually given in order to get 'the right answer.' Students are given a task, materials, and then are expected to brainstorm and work together to find a way to solve the problem.

Most students never thought about a profession or connected learning to their current schooling, but now students dream to be architects, engineers, broadcasters, doctors, etc all from exposure to STEM concepts and ideas.

Students strive to do better in order to learn and explore with STEM concepts. Students minds are changing and opening to new ideas and STEM concepts. They see a reason for learning and find enjoyment in it at the same time.

I have been given the opportunity to work with teachers and coteach in classrooms with a STEM focus. Teachers and students in our school are excited to implement new ideas and concepts.

My Project

Students will use the locks and lockboxes to be active in their learning. An item will be locked up in a lockbox that students want. It could be anything like a key to the iPad cart/jump ropes or items for recess/etc, answer key to their next paper (clues would cover same material), etc. Students will have to solve clues in order to unlock the final lockbox.

Students need to feel the material matters to them.

There could be endless possibilities with a variety of locks/lockboxes. We could create a kit for all teachers in our school to use. I will start by introducing this concept into the STEM classroom. I will partner with other teachers to coteach with these materials in the general classroom. Breakout of Traditional Classrooms project will allow for students to have fun learning. This project could provide materials for years to come and multiple classrooms within our building.

Mrs. Young
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 125 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fun Express Metal Pirate Treasure Chest with Lock (4-Pack) • Amazon Business $26.28 1 $26.28
Change Your Own Color and Combination, Open Alert Indicator, 4 Digit TSA Lock, 4 Pack • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Invisible Ink Pen, Spy Pen with Built in Uv Light Magic Marker for Drawing Secret Message Writing Currency Checking Kids Spy Game Party (Package Quantity - AS Picture Shows) (24pcs) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
VIP Home Essentials – 20mm (3/4" Appx) Mini Brass Lock 12-Piece Set • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Master Lock 1535DWD Vertical Resettable Word Combo Lock, Assorted Colors (Pack of 1) • Amazon Business $7.96 2 $15.92
Set of 3 Invisible UV Blacklight Ink Marker Blue Red Yellow • Amazon Business $6.25 2 $12.50
Findway 5 UV Ultra Violet Blacklight 9 LED Flashlight Torch Light Outdoors • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Small Cash Box with Key Lock, Decaller Portable Metal Money Box with Double Layer & 2 Keys for Security, Blue, 6 1/5" x 5" x 3", QH1502XS • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Master Lock Padlock, Set Your Own Speed Dial Combination Lock, 2-1/8 in. Wide, White/Pink, 1500iDPNK • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
TSA Approved Luggage Travel Lock 2 Pack, Set-Your-Own Combination Lock for School Gym Locker,Luggage Suitcase Baggage Locks,Filing Cabinets,Toolbox,Case • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Stalwart 75-005 Metal Storage Lock Box, 12" • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Jssmst GB001bl-s Locking Small Steel Cash Box with Money Tray,Lock Box,Black Small • Amazon Business $9.81 1 $9.81
Wordlock PL-004-BK 5-Dial Combination Padlock, Black • Amazon Business $8.66 1 $8.66
American Lock Lockout Hasp, Vinyl Coated Steel Hasp, 1 in. Jaw Clearance, ALO80 • Amazon Business $6.65 1 $6.65
Darice 9151-58 Rectangle Wood Box, 8-1/4-Inch • Amazon Business $6.44 1 $6.44
Darice Unfinished Wooden Box with Hinged Curved Top • Amazon Business $3.61 1 $3.61

Materials cost

$201.74

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.03

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$234.77

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$41.43

Total project goal

$276.20

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$276.20

2 Donors

-$275.32

Donations toward project cost

-$234.77

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$40.55

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.88

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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