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Mrs. Sterner from Allentown PA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Science Skills One Block at a Time

Help me give my students hands-on projects to engage them in science classes.

  • $1,311 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Hi! I teach students in an Emotional Support (ES) classroom. They are various grades (9-12), very diverse, and our school has an 89% lower socioeconomic status population. Some students also speak English as a second language. Unfortunately, this particular group of students has a large percentage that have run-ins with the law and many of my students have been arrested for a variety of reasons. Some have been locked up, others have been in alternative education placements and a good number of them are on probation. There's never a dull moment in my classroom!

If you are not familiar with students in an ES population, they all have a diagnosis within the mental health spectrum, mostly Emotional Disturbance, but some students have social anxieties.

They all need to learn coping mechanisms for their emotional battles, so much of our instruction focuses on behavioral instruction in addition to curricular needs.

ES students have the worst lifetime outcomes in America, with 40% of them dropping out of school. If they do not get help or get a diploma for a better future, the outcomes are very grim (drug abuse, homelessness, jail and death). Help me make them heard, understood, and successful!

My Project

My students learn best with visual aids and manipulative materials. The LEGO Early Simple Machine and MINDSTORMS sets will further their knowledge of skills and concepts such as computer programming and physical science. This information and experience will also help support the students in their College and Career Readiness goals and plans.

By using the Space Challenge Set, students will be able to role play as NASA engineers, scientists and astronauts in an effort to understand how much thought goes into learning about our galaxy.

This extends our learning about NASA's continuous goals of exploring Mars and performing tasks beyond our comprehension. Students will also think about potential scenarios of space equipment breaking, how to fix it, and engage in teamwork and other employ ability soft skills throughout the discovery process.

Mrs. Sterner
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
EV3 Space Challenge Set • LEGO Education $237.95 2 $475.90
MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core Set • LEGO Education $411.95 1 $411.95
Early Simple Machines Set • LEGO Education $164.95 1 $164.95

Materials cost

$1,052.80

Vendor shipping charges

$15.00

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$15.79

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,113.59

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$196.52

Total project goal

$1,310.11

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,310.11

12 Donors

-$738.55

Donations toward project cost

-$650.05

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$88.50

Matching donations from our partners

-$545.34

Match offers toward project cost

-$463.54

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$81.80

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$26.21

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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