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Ms. Gikas from Chicago IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Bringing STEM-A-Polooza to Our Classroom

Help me give my students a few months of STEM fun with Lakeshore Learning journals, water beads, LEGO glasses, building bricks, flashlights, building links, paper plates, paper bags, and small plastic containers to become amazing building engineers!

  • $528 goal

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My Students

My students are continually growing, learning, and questioning everything around them. They are artists, thinkers, scientists, and problem solvers. They learn and grow from each other and help each other grow both academically and socially in the classroom.

Students help inspire each other to grow and reach their goals both in and out of the classroom.

They are our future, and I want to give them a great start to the school year. Who wouldn't want to be part of a warm classroom with lots of hands-on fun?

My Project

In honor of Chicago hosting Lollapalooza, the event inspired me to create a STEM-A-Palooza for our classroom. Students deserve to have a variety of learning materials to become hands-on engineers and construct new and creative creations. Students will use their Lakeshore journals to write down the various activities they engineer and think about how they can revise or plan for the next time. Students will have an opportunity to build LEGO glasses, LEGO animals, make a water bead squishy, and so much more. Students will use the paper bags, plates and containers to help store or create something new.

Hands-on learning and deep thinking allows for an opportunity of imagination and creation to come to life!

Each student should have the opportunity to include STEM in their classroom! My students last year saw STEM as an amazing incentive. I'm proud to say that our prize box faded because of the addition of STEM. That is one of my classroom goals. Let's create a classroom of high interest and the love of learning! Thank you for reading!!

Ms. Gikas
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FUN LITTLE TOYS Party Favors for Kids, Mini Animals Building Blocks Sets for Goodie Bags, Prizes, Birthday Gifts, 12 Boxes • Amazon Business $21.95 3 $65.85
DIY Building Bricks Glasses Children's Early Education Enlightenment Intelligence Toys Creative Party Favors Creative Building Block Brick Glasses 9 Pcs/Set • Amazon Business $13.99 4 $55.96
PP899 - STEM Journal - Gr. 4-5 - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $17.99 3 $53.97
18 Pack Parachute Toys - Party Favors for Kids Flying Toys Parachute Army Men Parachute Tangle Free Throwing Parachute with Launcher Soldier Skydiver Hand Throw Sports & Outdoor July Deals • Amazon Business $23.99 2 $47.98
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 24-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Multi-Color, 3-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up, Multicolor (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $20.99 2 $41.98
Whaply Small Mini Flashlights Pack of 28,Assorted Colors,100 Lumen,With Battery • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
1000 Piece Building Bricks For Kids | Compatible With All Major Brands - Basic Building Blocks - 10 Colors, 12 Shapes, 54 Roof Pieces | 2 Free 5" x 5" Base Plates | Bulk Building Toys • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
200 Paper Lunch Sandwich Bags, 4 lb Capacity Kraft Disposable Grocery Brown Bags • Amazon Business $23.98 1 $23.98
LC945 - Maker Space Containers Pack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
EMIDO 480 Pcs Building Toy Building Blocks Bars Different Shape Educational Construction Engineering Set 3D Puzzle , Interlocking Creative Connecting Kit, A Great STEM Toy for Both Boys and Girls! • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
VIAHART Brain Flakes 500 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set | A Creative and Educational Alternative to Building Blocks | Tested for Children's Safety | A Great STEM Toy for Both Boys and Girls! • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Leeche Non Toxic 300pcs Jumbo & 20000 Small Water Beads Gel Beads Kit for Kids-Value Package Sensory Toys and Decoration • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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