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Mrs. Crockett from Salisbury NC is requesting supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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CaTS (Create/Think/Share) Makerspace

My students need 6 boxes LEGO/DUPLO bricks, large box dominos and domino racing sets, set of color/pattern duct tape, and 5 books on using all this for innovation through play!

  • $529 goal

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My Students

With constant testing, even in kindergarten, there is no time for students to create, think & share. That's what the CaTS Makerspace is all about. LEGOs, domino racing, duct tape projects, kids will come to our library to have fun working together, learning from each other.

My school is Title I, PreK thru fifth grade, and 95-97% qualifying for free or reduced lunch, depending on the day you count; my kids get moved around often.

They come from urban and rural impoverished homes; our demographics are 16.3% Hispanic, 42.1% black, 34.5% white, 7.7% other ( updated 2/27/16). But what you really need to know is that they are great kids, with great minds. My 3-5 students have brought their iPads to the library for the past two weeks, to learn beginning coding. We had a blast! Their collaboration was especially great to see: Student 1 "Mrs. Crockett, can you help me?" Student 2 "Oh, I know how to do that, I'll show you." Their tech skills are well developed. Now I want to give them hands-on innovation opportunities.

My Project

The first objective of CaTS (Create/Think/Share) Makerspace: ensure that making leads to learning. Cognitive capacity is seven or less bits of information at once; direct instruction expands capacity. And productive failure creates an “I can fix it!” attitude. These two concepts produce learning. Fixed maker stations, with low barriers to student creativity (LEGOs, domino racing), support “I can fix it!” and students can complete them during regular library periods. Flexible stations, such as electronics and robotics (different grant), require direct instruction. Projects can be started in the library, then transferred to classrooms for collaborative instruction with teachers. Objective Two: enable creativity & innovation in a population that rarely has such opportunities. My students have created projects in our library, origami flipping birds and pinhole cameras, adapting them to their own ideas, while collaborating & cooperating. And all this is innovation thru play!

The items funded by this grant will allow our students to experience creativity, develop personal goals, and self-assess.

The experience of setting goals, and of facing failure with an "I can fix it!" attitude, will benefit them all their lives. Additionally, thinking and sharing are expected here. As older students become "experts" in certain projects, they will be offered opportunities to assist adults in modeling the projects to younger students.

Mrs. Crockett
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Brick Building Play Mat by SCS- Rollable, Two Sided Silicone Mat - Works with Lego and Duplo- 32" Long for Activity Tables (Patent Pending) • Amazon Business $34.95 2 $69.90
LEGO Education DUPLO Brick Set 4496357 (144 Pieces) • Amazon Business $38.68 1 $38.68
LEGO Classic Creative Supplement 10693 • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98
18 Roll Variety Pack of Print and Solid Colors Duct Tape. Prints incl (Zebra, Snake, Tiger, Camo, Cheetah and Deer), Solid Color:1.89"x 10 Yards, Print: 1.89"x 10 Feet. • Amazon Business $35.00 1 $35.00
LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696 • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
LEGO Education Small Building Plates Set 4646267 (22 Pieces) • Amazon Business $28.68 1 $28.68
LEGO Classic Creative Bricks 10692 • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
LEGO Classic Green Baseplate Supplement • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors • Amazon Business $15.24 1 $15.24
The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination • Amazon Business $14.07 1 $14.07
Domino Rally Classic - Dominoes for Kids - STEM-based Domino Set for Kids • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Domino Rally Starter - Dominoes for Kids - Classic Tumbling Dominoes Set • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
High-Tech DIY Projects with Robotics (Maker Kids) • Amazon Business $11.75 1 $11.75
High-Tech DIY Projects with 3D Printing (Maker Kids) • Amazon Business $11.75 1 $11.75
240pcs Authentic Basswood Standard Wooden Kids Domino Racing Toy Game • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
High-Tech Diy Projects With Microcontrollers (Maker Kids) • Amazon Business $10.11 1 $10.11

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