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Mrs. Ferguson from Mckinney TX is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Circuits and Simple Machines

Help me give my students the Knex and STEM items to help them build and work with circuits and machines to extend our curriculum. These items will help reinforce our circuits units, building bridges, and simple machines exploration.

  • $467 goal

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My Students

We have some of the best students even though they face many obstacles. Our campus is a Title I bilingual campus with over 80% of our students classified as economically disadvantaged. They deserve every opportunity to succeed and to be engaged in every part of their learning.

Student engagement is one of the many keys to us reaching our students and helping them fit into the ever-changing world they live in.

Our classrooms of today cannot continue to look like our classrooms of the past if we want our students to be problem solvers and use all the skills they need to be successful in the world they live in. Our spaces should be conducive to open collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. We need to provide our students with choices so that they can be successful in their educational endeavors.

My Project

Our Makerspace is full of some great items, but we are always looking for products that will extend our learning in the classroom. These Knex Simple Machines, Gears, and Structures kits will help reinforce the learning in the classroom while giving the students the hands-on experiences to build and try their ideas. We have also chosen some circuits kits that will help reinforce the electrical unit as well.

Our students love to tinker and explore and these kits are perfect for designing and building and testing their creations.

They need to be able to see levers and pulleys in action and actually create their own to see how they work. They need to test and revise to see how using simple machines correctly can make their work load easier. They need to create their own circuits and find out what makes them work and be able to problem solve when they don't.

Mrs. Ferguson
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Teenii STEM Physics Science Lab Basic Circuit Learning Starter Kit Electricity and Magnetism Experiment for Kids Junior Senior High School Students Electromagnetism Elementary Electronics LERBOR • Amazon Business $52.99 1 $52.99
Strawbees STEM Imagination Kit | Educational Construction Set 105 Challenge Cards + 400 Pieces [ Kids +5 ] • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
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 Education - Intro to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys Set – 178 Pieces – For Grades 3-5 – Construction Education Toy • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
SmartLab Toys Smart Circuits Games & Gadgets Electronics Lab • Amazon Business $33.83 1 $33.83
K’NEX Education – Intro to Simple Machines: Wheels, Axles, & Inclined Planes Set – 221 Pieces – Ages 8+ Engineering Educational Toy • Amazon Business $29.22 1 $29.22
Engino Discovering STEM Newton's Laws Inertia, Momentum, Kinetic & Potential Energy Construction Kit • Amazon Business $27.49 1 $27.49
Engino Discovering STEM Structures Constructions & Bridges | 9 Working Models | Illustrated Instruction Manual | Theory & Facts | Experimental Activities | STEM Construction Kit • Amazon Business $23.00 1 $23.00
CANARY Cardboard Scissors, Blue (PS-6500H) • Amazon Business $17.98 1 $17.98
Straw Constructor STEM Building Toys 300 pcs-Colorful Interlocking Plastic Enginnering Toys- Fun- Educational- Safe for Kids- Develops Motor Skills-Construction Blocks- Best Gift for Boys and Girls … • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Makedo Cardboard Construction Toolkit, Includes 30 Kid-Friendly Reusable Tools, Perfect for Classroom STEM, STEAM Learning and At-Home Play for Kids Age 4 and Up • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Makedo Cardboard Construction Scru Expansion Pack, Includes 75 Reusable Scrus, Perfect for in-Classroom STEM, STEAM Learning and at-Home Play for Kids Age 4+ • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00

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