My students need K'nex sets to explore engineering in my classroom since this is something they are not regularly exposed to. Having these tools in my classroom will allow them to explore by building and creating.
My students come from rural Central West Virginia. We are the smallest school district by student population in the state. Students in my classes are in middle school for the first time and attend a 7-12 high school.
I teach students who are highly intelligent but need that extra push at school since sometimes education is not important at home.
These students are caring and kind and want desperately to do better. I have several students who are served with Special Education services as well as many athletes.
Bringing K'nex sets and other STEM builder sets into my classroom will allow students to explore engineering and possibly create a spark in them as a future career path.
Living in Central West Virginia my students do not have a lot of exposure to engineering or other STEM career paths and having these materials in my classroom will allow them to build, create, and build again to find flaws in their structures.
This type of critical thinking is key to their success in whatever career path they choose.
My seventh graders already enjoy the materials in our Makerspace in my classroom but these items will further enhance their learning and their imagination.
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