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Ms. Wipf Starr from Chicago IL is requesting a class trip through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bridge Lift Extravaganza - Year 2

Help me give my students a chance to learn about bridge engineering and design, as well as Chicago history as they watch a draw bridge lift from inside the bridge tower.

  • $633 goal

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My Students

My middle school students come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all come together in class to conduct a variety of science activities throughout the school year. They deserve to have the best in their classroom so they can learn with ease. I am fortunate enough to teach in a small, well run, Chicago public school.

Many of my students are low income, minority, middle school students.

My middle school students come to our school from all over the city. Some take two buses to school because they prefer our school to the options in their own neighborhood. Our school motto is, "Small school, big dreams" and so we are dreaming big, with this request for a set of replacement toner cartridges.

My Project

As part of our 8th grade physics curriculum, for the second year, we are taking our 8th graders to the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. They will see the bridge lift from inside the five-story, 98-year-old bridge tower. They will learn about bridge engineering and design, as well as Chicago history and the history of the Chicago River. It's pretty awesome.

Help my students see an amazing example of bridge engineering and design as they watch the bridge lift.

They will watch the bridge lift from high up inside the tower. A few minutes later they will go to the basement and watch the immense gears move as they bring the bridge back down.

The museum and bridge tower also offers spectacular views of the river walk, the river, and the skyline as well as the machinery of the bridge itself. Fall in our city is marked by boats returning from the to their winter storage requiring the raising and lowering of our city’s iconic bridges and this is a chance for my 8th graders to see it in action.

Ms. Wipf Starr
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Component Company Total
Activity McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum $250.00
Transportation BJ Transportation $250.00

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