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Ms. Mendez from Chicago IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Computer Science For All - CS in the City

My students need Edison Robots to further understand coding; journals to reflect on their learning; chart paper to share and present their ideas; Legos and other manipulatives to better process abstract concepts.

  • $1,197 goal

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My Students

Imagine an urban school with abandoned train tracks and an unpleasant refuse plant across the street. Our school is located in a high poverty neighborhood where my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of our school. Despite the many problems they face, I am looking to keep my students motivated to master Spanish via meaningful learning experiences and authentic student driven projects.

My students, after facing much misfortune and hardship, have learned to become resilient and deserve to have the same resources others schools have.

My Project

Your gracious donation will help me better implement our Computer Science curriculum to my high need students who do not have much access to technology or their own supplies. There is a severe gap in minorities and women in the Computer Science field.

The items requested will help provide a more equitable experience for all students and foster an inquiry based learning journey as they learn about various Computer Science concepts.

For example, each unit introduces on concepts that then builds upon another. The Koolaid and PBJ items are used to highlight the importance of detailed step by step instructions (just like in a computer program) to make "The Perfect Sandwich" or "Perfect Koolaid". The Legos and blocks will be used to introduce binary numbers and for tower building activities related to problem solving skills. The posts cards will be used to send secret messages in binary code that will be mailed to one another to solve. The deck of cards and bags will be used for a sorting activities while the robots will be programmed by students to complete a variety of tasks.

This activities along with others will allow student to take ownership of their own learning while having a more positive interaction with Computer Science. This in turn will inspire them to continue to study this content and even pursue a career in Computer Science.

Ms. Mendez
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Contempo Views Edison V2 Lego Compatible Educational Robot (Set of 6): Programmable Robot for Kids Students Libraries Schools Classrooms Teachers & Educators + Case for Easy Transportation • Amazon Business $196.99 3 $590.97
Mead Composition Books/Notebooks, Wide Ruled Paper, 100 Sheets, 9-3/4" x 7-1/2", Fashion, Assorted Colors, 12 Pack (73389) • Amazon Business $19.99 4 $79.96
Business Source 25"x30" Self-stick Easel Pads, 4/Pack (38592) • Amazon Business $56.94 1 $56.94
EU RGB(7 Colors) LEDs BCD Clock Binary Clock • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 • Amazon Business $47.99 1 $47.99
100 Pieces -50 Peanut Butter Packets WITH 25 each Strawberry and Grape Jelly Individual Servings • Amazon Business $28.85 1 $28.85
CulinWare Paper Lunch Bags, Paper Grocery Bags, Durable Kraft Paper Bags, 4 Lb Capacity, White, Pack Of 500 Bags • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Nertz: The Fast Frenzied Fun Card Game - 12 Decks of Playing Cards in 12 Vibrant Colors, Bulk Set of Poker Wide-Size/Regular Index, Plastic-Coated Cards by Brybelly • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Wooden Abacus Classic Counting Tool, Counting Frame Educational Toy with 100 Colorful Beads by Imagination Generation • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Ziploc Gallon, Quart, Sandwich, and Snack Storage Bags - Variety pack - 347 Total • Amazon Business $19.77 1 $19.77
Set of 500 Centimeter Cubes with Storage Container - Mathematics Learning Tool & Educational Teacher Resource for Sorting, Measuring, Counting, & Base-10 Units by Pint-Size Scholars • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Women in Science: 100 Postcards • Amazon Business $15.30 1 $15.30

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