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Mrs. Carpenter from Tampa FL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Coasting Into Physics

My students need white and colored cardstock, tape, and foam boards.

  • $394 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach at a Title I school with a high population of ESOL students. I am constantly amazed by my students' desire to learn and the amount of determination they have to succeed. One of the best ways I have found to provide for all of my students' diverse needs is hands-on learning and technology integration. Technology is able to bring to life many of the abstract concepts that my students are learning about and allows them to interact with a concept, instead of merely reading about it.

Students who are actively engaged are able to learn more and at a deeper level.

Technology allows us to tailor the education to meet the educational and cultural needs of the students.

My Project

My students will have the opportunity to become engineers when they design their own paper roller coasters. Students will use a combination of preprinted roller coaster parts along with their own imaginations to turn cardstock into a working roller coaster for a marble. The cardstock will be used as both the actual track and the support structure held together with tape. The foam board will provide both a base to build on and guidance on size.

Students will design, build and test their own roller coasters in class.

They will use their knowledge of Motion and Newtons laws to compete against their classmates in multiple categories. Hands-on projects like this serve to excite students about science while providing them an opportunity to practice the skills they are learning. Hands-on activities are also very important in my classes where I may have up to 80% ELL's that although they may not always understand my words they do understand concepts they can experience. Since many of my students come from low-income backgrounds being able to provide the supplies for activities like this one allow all students an opportunity to participate.

Mrs. Carpenter
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 180 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pacon Foam Board, 20 x 30 Inches, 3/16-Inch Thick, White, 10 Sheets (5553) • Amazon Business $33.56 4 $134.24
Scotch Magic Tape and Refillable Dispenser, 3/4 x 650 Inches, 6-Pack (6122) • Amazon Business $9.07 6 $54.42
Neenah Exact Index Card Stock, 8.5 x 11 Inch, 90 lb, White, 250 Sheets (40311) • Amazon Business $10.26 5 $51.30
Exact Index Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", 90 lb/163 gsm, Blue, 250 Sheets (49121) • Amazon Business $11.25 3 $33.75
Exact Index Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", 90 lb/163 gsm, Ivory, 250 Sheets (49181) • Amazon Business $8.81 3 $26.43

Materials cost

$300.14

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.50

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$334.64

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$59.05

Total project goal

$393.69

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$393.69

4 Donors

-$308.69

Donations toward project cost

-$262.39

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$46.30

match offer

-$85.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$72.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$12.75

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$0.00

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