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Ms. K. from University City MO is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Smarter, Together - Building Polymers for the Future

My students need five hot plates for melting, glass rods for stirring and dowel rods and washers for testing in order to engineer their own plastics.

  • $1,051 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I am very excited to introduce our STEM-tastic enrichment class. Several students have expressed an interest in doing more hands-on and challenging projects. With STEM-tastic, students are able to apply science methods while creating tangible items like a model plane or a polymer.

STEM is a concept on the rise and students have been surprised at just how much goes into something they love so much, like their shoes or video gaming systems.

Ever since I introduced them to STEM, I have been approached by many students asking when they would have the opportunity to do more hands-on projects. My students are highly motivated and excited to take on more of an engineering role and to learn all of the ins and outs of applied sciences.

My Project

The materials I am requesting are for a specific lab activity that will stretch across several weeks. Composite Polymers for the planet is an extended lesson guide designed by Boeing builds on prior concepts by reminding students that increasing plastic pollution is a problem and asking them to design a solution. Students will learn how to define the criteria and constraints of a design problem, evaluate competing design solutions, analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions, and develop models, putting their science and engineering practices to the test.

Donations for this project will improve the ability to carry out this lesson and enrich the students' experiences throughout.

This project is very beneficial to expand my student's views of applied sciences and showing them future applications and career opportunities. Students will be exposed to career options in chemical engineering and materials science and will examine chemical engineering as it applies to the environmental plastics problem. Smarter, Together, anything imagined is possible.

Ms. K.
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hot Plate3072 BtuH900W10-12 in. L • Grainger $34.97 5 $174.85
Cabinet AccDowel15 InFor Use w1EFN6 • Grainger $27.80 5 $139.00
Digitl Bth ScalePlstc Pltfrm350 lb Cap • Grainger $34.02 2 $68.04
Glass Stirring Rod10 InPK12 • Grainger $14.82 4 $59.28
Tongue Depressors, Box of 100 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $11.65 5 $58.25
Weighing BoatGrayDia. 3-12 InPK80 • Grainger $43.31 1 $43.31
White Vinegar, 3.8 L • Carolina Biological Supply Company $8.32 5 $41.60
Pipette4mLPK500 • Grainger $20.48 2 $40.96
Glycerol, Reagent Grade, 500 mL • Carolina Biological Supply Company $11.25 3 $33.75
Graduated Cylinder, Polypropylene, 10 mL • Carolina Biological Supply Company $3.19 10 $31.90
Petri DishPolystyrene92mLPK12 • Grainger $7.71 4 $30.84
Graduated Cylinder, Polypropylene, 25 mL • Carolina Biological Supply Company $4.14 5 $20.70
USS WasherBolt 14Stl34 ODPK100 • Grainger $2.87 7 $20.09
Sodium Hydroxide, 1 M (4%), Aqueous, Laboratory Grade, 500 mL • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.76 2 $11.52

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