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

Building Bridges Project-Based Learning Unit

My students need funding to participate in the Museum of Science and Industry "Engineering Design: Building Bridges Learning Lab" as well as entrance to the "Brick by Brick Lego Exhibit."

  • $752 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The 7th graders at my school are eager to learn new ideas and apply their content knowledge to real-life problems. They enjoy working in collaborative group activities where they learn from one another to achieve a common goal. They also use class time efficiently and are actively engaged in the learning process.

My students understand that doing mathematics requires a growth mindset.

They like to experience new concepts through multiple modalities, such as visual, musical, and bodily/kinesthetic. This year, I would like them to develop their mathematical vocabulary to better understand word problems. They are implementing the three-reads strategy and participating in math talks to use new vocabulary words in context.

My Project

The Bridge Design Competition is a project-based learning unit where students learn about the importance of bridges. Bridges serve many purposes. Most importantly, they connect people to resources, places, and other people. This competition will challenge students to become civil engineers.

Students will emerge themselves in authentic learning experiences to explore beam, truss, arch, suspension, and cable-stayed bridges.

Students will need to consider how forces, loads, materials, and shapes affect bridge structures. They will work in collaborative groups of four. The group roles will include a presenter, artist, recorder, and writer. Together, they will follow the engineering design process to tackle a bridge challenge of their choice.

Students participating in the Bridge Design Contest will (a) Learn about the engineering design process through a realistic, hands-on problem-solving experience. (b) Apply math, science, and technology to create devices and systems that meet human needs. (c) Develop perseverance and time management skills. (d) Develop strong teamwork skills.

Mrs. Galvez
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Component Company Total
Activity Museum of Science and Industry $600.00

Trip cost

$600.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.00

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$639.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$112.76

Total project goal

$751.76

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$751.76

6 Donors

-$624.00

Donations toward project cost

-$597.90

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$26.10

match offer

-$48.35

Match offer toward project cost

-$41.10

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$7.25

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$79.41

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$0.00

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