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Ms. Marshall from Rumford ME is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building a Planetarium!

Help me give my students an opportunity to build a planetarium that will help our entire school learn about our solar system!

  • $493 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are creative, thoughtful and full of questions! They absolutely love hands-on, active, engaging projects and challenges that allow them to think outside the box to find solutions! They come to school each day ready to try new things and take brave chances in order to grow both personally and academically. Truly, they are my inspiration!

Almost all of my students would say that our classroom library is their favorite place in our room; it is where we gather to share successes and findings from our reading.

I treat each book, read aloud, and share as a gift, and make sure my students see my own love of literature to help inspire them as readers.

Each child in my classroom absolutely loves learning, although the method and environment in which they learn best varies greatly. We incorporate a variety of learning strategies, group work, and alternative seating and learning options to ensure that each student's needs are met, right where they are!

My Project

Our rural school recently priced out options to have a traveling planetarium visit our building. We were dismayed to learn that, in order for a company to be willing to travel to us, we would need to foot an enormous bill, and try and squeeze all 300 students (and their families!) into just one day filled with 30-minute slots. It's an unobtainable venture, but we never let that stop us! We went looking for another option, and believe the best course of action is to build our own!

This cardboard will be used to build a planetarium here at our school that will be able to be assembled by teachers and community volunteers.

We will use designs sourced from Beals Science (available for free), and a dedicated team of teachers who are committed to making this project work! We plan to build the planetarium for a family engagement event where students, families, and community members can visit our school and have a close-up view of our galaxy!

BUT, what about the students? Will they be involved? Of course! This project will be a perfect way to explore geometry and measurement with students, as well as an opportunity to practice engineering skills and problem-solving. The planetarium, when built, will almost fill a two-story classroom, and be able to accommodate 30 students and community members at a time. We have the projection materials set up, the rivets ordered, and just need the cardboard to bring this project to life!

One of the most incredible things about this venture is the ability to set it up and reuse it year after year. Thank you for helping to support bringing the stars a bit closer to Earth for our wonderful students!

Ms. Marshall
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Aviditi Corrugated Sheet, 48" X 40", White, Bundle of 5 (SP4048W) • Amazon Business $18.25 20 $365.00

Materials cost

$365.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$18.25

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.48

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$418.73

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$73.89

Total project goal

$492.62

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$492.62

3 Donors

-$471.68

Donations toward project cost

-$414.48

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$57.20

match offer

-$5.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$4.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.75

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$15.94

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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