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Mrs. Hess Shamdasani from Boynton Beach FL is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Coding the Future

My students need Amazon Kindle Fire tablets (and cases to keep them safe) and LilyPad coin cell battery holders and LED lights to learn coding in class.

  • $520 goal

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My Students

Focusing on STEM and Problem-Based Learning in my class allows me to place the responsibility of learning in the students' hands, empowering the at-risk students in my classroom.

At my Title I school, eighty-five percent of the students receive free or reduced-price lunch.

Many speak English as a second language and are recent migrants to the US, or are first generation US citizens. My students are charismatic, hard-working teenagers, who are struggling to overcome the restraints that growing up in poverty has placed on them. While attending my school, each student receives vocational training. This prepares them for careers after high school.

However, for many of the students in my class, post-secondary education is what will provide them with the necessary skills to move out of that lowest 20% income bracket. Between the cost of maintaining a 40-year-old school and deep budget cuts for public schools, my extremely supportive administrative team can only approve the bare essentials for our classroom. I know that the students in my class would benefit from having up-to-date technology that allows them to learn about our world and to develop solutions to 21st-century problems.

My Project

Coding the Future will allow students to learn valuable coding skills in the classroom. By using Kindle Fire Tablets, students will learn to write computer code in our science class and during our after school STEM club. We will first complete coding tutorials and then we will move on to writing our own code.

Teaching technological literacy is essential for our students: it provides them with real-world job skills and prepares them for post-secondary education.

The Lilypad coin cell battery holders and the LED lights will allow students to create eTextiles that light up following the coding instructions the students develop.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
10x LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holder for CR2032 - With Switch (10pcs) • Amazon Business $39.85 4 $159.40
Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, 7" Display, 8 GB, Black - with Special Offers • Amazon Business $44.99 3 $134.97
Amazon Fire 7 Tablet Case (7th Generation, 2017 Release), Marine Blue • Amazon Business $24.99 3 $74.97
AMX3d Lilypad LED Assortment - Red, Orange, Amber, Yellow, Green, Blue - 12 LilyPad LEDs • Amazon Business $11.99 3 $35.97

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