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Ms. Varhalla from San Antonio TX is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Bridges Through STEM

My students need STEM activities to prepare them for the work world as STEM jobs are continuously growing. These STEM kits will benefit by allowing my students to conduct hands on activities and understand science concepts.

  • $1,129 goal

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My Students

This is our second year for Cole Elementary to be open. It is wonderful, but comes with its own interesting set of issues such as a lack of supplies and funding. Students were transferred to our school from different areas around the district; therefore, they are from a variety of backgrounds. We have a wide range of incomes and an ethically diverse population.

With San Antonio's nearby military bases, we have a large number of students from military families.

Another large portion of our students are from non-English speaking families, thus we are labeled a bilingual campus. Put all of this together and you get a class of wonderful students who struggle academically with many below grade level. We are all working together to make this a productive and successful year.

My Project

This project will help improve my classroom by providing high at risk students with K'NEX and building blocks to prepare them in learning and experiencing STEM related curriculum. Being a second year campus means funding is extremely limited.

The students work very hard to do their best despite many having less than favorable conditions outside of school.

For these students, school may be the positive place where they can gain confidence and knowledge they need to be successful in life in their social, academic, and career endeavors. Coming to class and being able to participate in engaging learning activities like constructing a robot and magnetic building blocks, remote control machines, circuit kits, and using Legos can be the highlight of their day. It will prepare them for real world scenarios of problem solving and independence.

Ms. Varhalla
Grades 3-5

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This project will reach 22 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Cubelets SIX robot blocks • Amazon Business $149.95 1 $149.95
Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone • Amazon Business $48.99 2 $97.98
GLOUE 254 PCS Magnetic Building Blocks,Have 200-Piece Magnetic Tiles And 54-Piece Letter Card(Can Be Mounted)- Deluxe Building Set • Amazon Business $84.99 1 $84.99
Upgrade Stackable Building Base Plates- Baseplate 10" x 10" in Variety Color, Compatible with all Major Brands (6PC Mixed) • Amazon Business $19.50 4 $78.00
STEM Educational Toy Building Set: 84 Piece Qubits Set | Educational and Creative Alternative to Standard Building Blocks | Teaches Spatial Thinking | Imagination Builder | Made in the USA • Amazon Business $54.00 1 $54.00
Thames & Kosmos Remote Control Machines • Amazon Business $52.40 1 $52.40
Snap Circuits Arcade Electronics Discovery Kit • Amazon Business $45.71 1 $45.71
Lewo 1000 Pcs Wooden Dominoes Set for Kids Building Blocks Racing Tile Games with Storage Bag • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
K’NEX Education – Intro to Structures: Bridges Set – 207 Pieces – For Grades 3-5 Construction Education Toy • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
K’NEX 70 Model Building Set – 705 Pieces – Ages 7+ Engineering Education Toy • Amazon Business $39.97 1 $39.97
Snap Circuits 203 Electronics Discovery Kit • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
LINCOLN LOGS – 100th Anniversary Tin - 111 All-Wood Pieces – Ages 3+ Construction Education Toy • Amazon Business $31.97 1 $31.97
Ferris wheel Building model with metal Beams and screws Lights & Music 954 pcs • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Building Bricks - 1,100 Pieces Compatible Toys by Brickyard Building Blocks - Bulk Block Set with 154 Roof Pieces, 2 Free Brick Separators, and Reusable Storage Box with Handle (1,100 pcs) • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game • Amazon Business $29.08 1 $29.08
Creative Kids Brain Flakes – Large 1400 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set for Safe, Fun, Creative Building – Educational STEM Construction Toy for Boys & Girls - Non Toxic – Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business $27.29 1 $27.29
130 Pieces - Magnetic Building Sticks Building Blocks Set, Elongdi Educational Toys Magnetic Blocks Sticks Stacking Toys Set, Non-Toxic Building Toy 3D Puzzle with Storage Bag • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
RisingStar Interlocking Toys - Educational Straw Building Blocks for Boys and Girls - Safe and Fun Straws and Connectors Set - Colorful Construction Builders for Motor Skills Development - 340 Pieces • Amazon Business $21.97 1 $21.97

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