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Ms. Trochez MacLean from Los Angeles CA is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Busy As A Bee Engineering A Technology Solution For Farmers

My students need Galaxy Tablets, notebooks and a variety of supplies to research bees, create different types of flowers, and engineer a technology to help farmers pollinate the flowers from their crops.

  • $856 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I teach at a Title I performance improvement school with the majority of our students participating in the free lunch program. For many of my students, school is where they have access to books, supplies, and other resources that support their academic achievements. Our classroom is a safe, learning environment where my students like to learn about topics that interest them--and one of these topics is the honeybee. Whenever a honeybee makes her way into our classroom, we have learned to be calm, turn off our lights, keep our door open and be quiet so she can make her way out, or if needed I capture her and release her outside. My students have asked why I do this which has led to very brief discussion about bee colonies collapsing. This in turn has led them to questions about bees and why the disappearance of bees matters.

The value of honey bee pollination to agriculture in the United States is more than $14 billion annually because bees help pollinate many of our crops such as apples, pumpkins, and cantaloupe; with this project my students will learn about honeybees, and then engineer a solution to help farmers pollinate their crops.

My Project

My students see honeybees in our garden, and on occasion help me safely help any bee outside that makes her way into our classroom. My students' initial tendencies were to scream and try to run away out of fear, but over the year, they have come to understand that we shouldn't fear bees, but respect them. This has led to so many questions: "How do you know that this bee is a female? What are those yellow things on its legs? What is the bee doing inside the flower? How do they make honey? How are baby bees made? Where do bees find the wax they need?"

My students want to learn more about bees, so with your help and this Orkin challenge, I want to create a STEAM unit to help them do so.

Using the tablets, my students will research to gather different information about bees and Colony Collapse Disorder. Then they will create a presentation of their choice to share and present to others about what they learned. Concurrently we will study Georgia O'Keefe's flower paintings. Her artwork will become a source of inspiration when my students then use the craft supplies stored in a cart to make different types of flowers, allowing us to review plant structures and functions (a 5th-grade science standard). Once their flowers are made, my students will be presented with an engineering challenge. Using their notebooks, they will design, create, and test a technology to help a farmer pollinate flowers from her crops because there are fewer bees to do this important job. Once all designs have been tested my students will decide which technology created did the best job, and they will have a chance to improve their original design.

Ms. Trochez MacLean
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7"; 8 GB Wifi Tablet (White) SM-T113NDWAXAR • Amazon Business $99.99 2 $199.98
ECR4Kids 6-Drawer Mobile Organizer, White • Amazon Business $45.96 2 $91.92
Reversible Quad-Ruled Wireless Notebook • Nasco $1.50 32 $48.00
Galaxy Tab E Lite 7.0 / Tab 3 Lite 7.0 Glass Screen Protector, OMOTON Tempered-Glass Protector with [9H Hardness] [Crystal Clear] [Scratch-Resistant] [Bubble Free Easy Installation] • Amazon Business $9.99 4 $39.96
American Educational 7-1402-A Nylon Insect Net with 14" Ring • Amazon Business $12.29 3 $36.87
AdTech Adhesive Technologies 05672 Mini Lo-Temp Glue Gun Combo Pack Glue Gun & Glue Sticks AdTech • Amazon Business $4.27 5 $21.35
ArtVerse 100-Piece Tissue Paper, 20" x 26", Assorted Colors (Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $20.58 1 $20.58
50 Count Small Foam Craft Balls - 30 pack 3/4" balls, 12 pack 1" balls and 8 pack 1 1/2" balls • Amazon Business $9.50 2 $19.00
COCODE 12 Colors 120Pcs Hot Glue Gun Sticks 7mm by 10cm Hot Melt Glue Sticks Mini Glitter for DIY Art Craft Woodworking • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
90mm x 15mm Sterile Plastic Petri Dish Set with Lid, Vented (Pack of 25) - Comes with 10 Plastic Transfer Pipettes (3mm) - Perfect Kit for School Science Fair Projects and Birthday Parties • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Accent Design Paper Accents ADP8511.1050 AD Paper Variety Pack Assorted Cardstock • Amazon Business $10.02 1 $10.02
Caydo 342 Pcs Pipe Cleaners Chenille Stem 6 mm x 12 Inch, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Caydo 1400 Pieces 5 Sizes Multicolor Pom Poms Assorted Pompoms with 4 Sizes Wiggle Googly Eyes for DIY, Crafts and Decorations • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Caydo 600 Pieces Pipe Cleaners Set, Including 120 Pieces 12 Colors Pipe Cleaners, 360 Pieces 6 Size Pom Poms and 120 Pieces 4 Size Wiggle Googly Eyes for Craft DIY Art Supplies • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Scotch Magic Tape and Refillable Dispenser, 3/4 x 650 Inches, 6-Pack (6122) • Amazon Business $9.76 1 $9.76
WXJ13 10 Pieces 5 Sizes Blue Silicone Hot Glue Gun Finger Protector Caps Non-Stick Covers for Hot Glue Wax Rosin Resin Honey Adhesives Scrapbooking Sewing • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Braided Nylon Mason Line #18 - SGT KNOTS - Moisture, Oil, Acid, & Rot Resistant - Twine String Masonry, Marine, DIY Projects, Crafting, Commercial, & Gardening use (250 feet - Florensent Yellow) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Twisted Nylon Mason Line #18 - SGT KNOTS - Moisture, Oil, Acid & Rot Resistant - Twine String for Masonry, Marine, DIY Projects, Crafting, Commercial, Gardening (275 feet - Florescent Pink) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
60 Pcs Fabric Cotton 100% Printed Boundle Patchwork Squares of 10*10cm • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
Mega Marbles Player Marbles (Set of 24), Assorted, 5/8" • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
eBoot 100 Pieces Pipe Cleaners Chenille Stem for Arts and Crafts, 6 x 300 mm (Dark Green) • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Genova Products 30155CP 1/2-Inch PVC Pipe Cap, Slip - 10 Pack • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Glue Dots Mini Dot Roll, Contains 300 (.19 inch) Mini Adhesive Dots (32794-300) • Amazon Business $5.97 1 $5.97
42pcs Felt Fabric Sheet 4"x4" Assorted Color DIY Craft Squares Nonwoven 1mm Thick • Amazon Business $5.68 1 $5.68
ColorBok 71876A Cardstock Paper Pad Marble, 12" x 12" • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00

Materials cost

$625.63

Vendor shipping charges

$4.80

State sales tax

$57.25

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.38

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$727.06

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$128.30

Total project goal

$855.36

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$855.36

7 Donors

-$818.17

Donations toward project cost

-$695.45

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$122.72

match offer

-$37.19

Match offer toward project cost

-$31.61

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$5.58

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$0.00

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