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Dr. Hayes from Kailua Kona HI is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cardboard Powered Garage Bands

My students need tools and supplies to help them create and make the objects of their imagination. My students will use Nintendo Labo kits powered by Nintendo Switches to build instruments designed using their physics knowledge.

  • $955 goal

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My Students

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen, and thinking what nobody has thought" -Nobel Laureate Albert von Szent-Gyorgy

My students are future thinkers, explorers, makers, and community leaders.

Though my students have often struggled in traditional students, these students have found a way to learn and make sense of the world through hands-on, kinetic learning. Help these students continue to find their passions as they explore the wide world around them via the realm of physics.

My students are located in Kailua-Kona, HI. Located on the Big Island, my students have grown up in a rural background and often come from difficult backgrounds, many of them being first generation immigrants from the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. However, my students refuse to let these challenges get in the way of their curiosity, and they strive to learn to enable their future success. With your help my students can continue to learn and thrive in an environment tailored to their needs. My students will need to learn to master and apply scientific thinking processes. This will position them as capable problem solvers, and help them succeed in their future endeavours.

My Project

My students yearn to make, and finding creative ways for them to turn their ideas into reality is a central goal in my classroom. In this project, students will be tasked with designing and creating a musical instrument using the Nintendo Labo cardboard-based maker suite.

This project will require students to demonstrate their knowledge of wave mechanics as they "tune" their instrument using software controls.

By completing this project, students will learn about and demonstrate mastery of both physics and basic programming, including using physical inputs to control outputs. Additionally, students will explore applications of physics in contexts that are outside the typical realm of a physics classroom. Students will have the opportunity to explore various ways to make sound, and will connect the principles of physics (wavelength, frequency, amplitude) to the principles of music (harmonics, timbre, pitch).

This equipment will also be used for other maker-based projects. Your donation will have a lasting impact on my classroom and will enable my students to continue to create the objects of their imagination.

Dr. Hayes
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Nintendo Switch - Neon Blue and Red Joy-Con • Amazon Business $299.00 2 $598.00
Nintendo Labo - Variety Kit • Amazon Business $69.99 2 $139.98

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