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Mrs. Brown from Burlington VT is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Future Leaders: Engineering and Creative Thinking in the Classroom

Help me give my students hands-on STEM materials, like the Keva contraption set, 3 and 1 amusement park building set and other building sets and books, to explore engineering and the creative process.

  • $687 goal

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My Students

Every morning my students enter our classroom full of energy, creativity and with an eagerness to learn. We spend a lot of time on the basics but also find time to integrate service learning, place-based, play-based, and project-based curriculum as well.

My first and second-grade students are from a variety of backgrounds.

Seventy-five percent of my students live in high poverty areas, about 40 percent of them are English language learners and 35 percent are special education students. Our school is a pre-school through grade 5 Vermont school and provides rigorous academics, fantastic teachers, and a safe learning environment. We are one of only two magnet schools in the state. Our mission is to educate and empower students to improve the quality of life for all, economically, socially, and environmentally, now and for future generations. Many of our students have experienced trauma in their short life and we work hard to find ways to help our students shine and feel good about the work that they do.

My Project

My students are hands-on learners. They need a variety of materials to manipulate and create with. We have weekly sessions where students are able to explore areas in science, art and nature and we would like to add more choices in the engineering and design areas. Engineering and design activities promote critical and creative thinking skills, along with teamwork and socialization skills.

Having materials like gears, levers, pullies and building sets will engage the students and give them the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for them to succeed in both school and in life.

By nature most students love to build and design. With these materials they will have more opportunities to do this in a supported and structured environment.

Mrs. Brown
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
SET KEVA CONTRAPTIONS: PLANK 200 PCS • Frey Scientific $59.93 1 $59.93
3-In-1 Classic Amusement Park Building Set • AKJ Education $53.09 1 $53.09
Click Builders Classic Prism (1,000 Pieces) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $47.56 1 $47.56
STEM Builder Series Build a Waterway • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.96 1 $33.96
PLAYGROUND ENGINEERING & DESIGN BUILD SET • Frey Scientific $25.19 1 $25.19
CITY ENGINEERING & DESIGN BUILD SET • Frey Scientific $25.19 1 $25.19
TREE HOUSE ENGINEERING & DESIGN BUILD SET • Frey Scientific $25.19 1 $25.19
Gears! Gears! Gears!® 100-Piece Deluxe Building Set • AKJ Education $24.08 1 $24.08
SET KEVA CONTRAPTIONS: PLANK 50 PCS • Frey Scientific $23.93 1 $23.93
Mental Blox 360° 3-D Building Game • AKJ Education $21.89 1 $21.89
BOOK ENGINEER THROUGH THE YEAR 20 TURNKEY STEM PROJECTS • Frey Scientific $21.59 1 $21.59
STEM CHALLENGE CATAPULT • Frey Scientific $19.16 1 $19.16
STEM CHALLENGE WHEEL BALL • Frey Scientific $19.16 1 $19.16
BOOK INSTANT STEM ACTIVITIES GRADE 1 • Frey Scientific $19.16 1 $19.16
STEM CHALLENGE PENDULUM • Frey Scientific $19.16 1 $19.16
BOOK YEAR ROUND PROJECT-BASED ACTIVITIES FOR STEM GR 1-2 • Frey Scientific $17.99 1 $17.99
INVENTOR 12 MODELS INDUSTRIAL • AKJ Education $17.48 1 $17.48
Stem Explorations: Levers & Pulleys Building Set • AKJ Education $13.49 1 $13.49
NOTEBOOK STEM INTERACTION GRADE 1 • Frey Scientific $11.96 1 $11.96

Materials cost

$499.16

Vendor shipping charges

$46.74

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.49

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$583.39

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$102.95

Total project goal

$686.34

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$686.34

8 Donors

-$686.34

Donations toward project cost

-$583.39

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$102.95

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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