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Mr. Chavez from Houston TX is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cougar Construction Zone

My students need screwdrivers, ratchets, drills, drivers, saws, safety glasses, work gloves, and other tools to work on projects throughout the school year.

  • $742 goal

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My Students

My students, like most others, are very creative and inquisitive... when technology is involved. My students can quickly learn to program a drone or create a digital storyboard to present a topic. For example, my students are quite capable of programming a drone to navigate through a maze. But when given actual objects and asked to use their imaginations to build obstacles in the maze, students are suddenly at a loss as to how to approach this task.

When it is time to unplug and work with tangible objects my students increasingly display a sense of frustration.

It is the same frustration I see when students are working in math to solve a problem. My students are hardworking and have a desire to learn, but they need a different way to be shown problem solving skills.

My Project

Last school year I was able to revive my school’s STEM Club. In doing so, I worked with students outside of my classroom and the curriculum I am required to teach. I enjoyed teaching my club about STEM. Students enjoyed most of the projects we did, they loved the technology aspect of STEM. However, I quickly discovered that my students did not enjoy projects that involved them building and working with tangible objects. More often than not they couldn't figure out ways to approach the projects and became frustrated enough to completely stop working at them. Oddly enough it was the same frustration that I saw when students were solving problems in math class. Their frustration and desire to abandon their projects surprised me because some of the best memories from my childhood were the moments where I was working with my hands to build and make things.

I came to the conclusion that I wanted to take a step away from technology and instead have my students explore building by using concrete and tangible tools.

I landed on the idea of a “shop class” type experience. I would like to provide a club where students can learn to use screwdrivers, ratchets, wrenches and other hand tools to safely take projects from start to finish. I selected power tools like Black+Decker drills/drivers and jigsaw, Hitachi miter saw, and a circular saw as well so that students can do more than just assemble project kits. Students will be able to learn and build their own designs using wood and other materials.

My goal is for students to learn the value of making things with their hands and how the problem solving approach to building things can translate back into success in the classroom.

Mr. Chavez
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hitachi C10FCH2 15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw with Laser Marker • Amazon Business $119.00 1 $119.00
Circular Saw 4-3/4", 5.8A, 10feet Core Length, Laser Guide, Max Cutting Depth 1-9/10'' (90°), 1-3/10'' (0°-45°), 6 Blades, Compact Handheld Design for Wood, Metal, Tile and Plastics Cuts-TCS115A • Amazon Business $54.97 1 $54.97
BLACK+DECKER DR260C 5.2 Amp 3/8'' Drill/Driver. • Amazon Business $24.97 2 $49.94
Hitachi 115445 Folding Sawhorses, Heavy Duty Stand, 4 Sawbucks, 1,200 lb Capacity, 2 Pack • Amazon Business $39.97 1 $39.97
Stanley Wet/Dry Vacuum, 2.5 Gallon, 3 Horsepower • Amazon Business $38.07 1 $38.07
BLACK+DECKER BDEJS600C Smart Select Jig Saw, 5.0-Amp • Amazon Business $31.99 1 $31.99
IRWIN QUICK-GRIP 1964758 One-Handed Mini Bar Clamp 4 Pack, 6" • Amazon Business $30.29 1 $30.29
Hi-Spec 67pc Auto Mechanics Tool Kit including Professional 3/8" Quick Release Ratchet Handle with 72 Teeth, Most Reached for SAE Sockets & Home and Garage Hand Tools Set in Durable Storage Case • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
25 Ft Orange Extension Cord - 16/3 SJTW Heavy Duty Outdoor Extension Cable with 3 Prong Grounded Plug for Safety - Great for Garden & Major Appliances • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Stanley STMT71648 40-Piece Socket Set • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
Rapid Care First Aid RC-25MAN-W 25 person 166 Piece ANSI/OSHA Compliant First Aid Kit in Wall Mountable Poly Case • Amazon Business $16.98 1 $16.98
120 To 3000 Assorted Grit Sandpaper for Wood Furniture Finishing, Metal Sanding and Automotive Polishing, Dry or Wet Sanding, 9 x 3.6 Inch, 36-Sheet • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
YaeTek 90° Right Angle Corner Clamp Woodworking Frame Gussets Tool • Amazon Business $15.88 1 $15.88
XSHIELD 17-PUG,Polyurethane/Nylon Safety WORK Glove,BLACK,12 Pairs (Medium) • Amazon Business $15.30 1 $15.30
Screwdriver Set 6 Pieces Phillips and Slotted NON-SLIP WIDE COMFORTABLE HANDLE, Micro-Fine Grip, Heavy Duty, Rust Resistant, Ergonomic Fluted, MAGNETIC TIPS - Craftsman Toolkit For Wet, Oily Hand Work • Amazon Business $13.90 1 $13.90
Black & Decker 75-530 Jig Saw Blades (5 Pack) • Amazon Business $6.04 2 $12.08
JORESTECH Eyewear Protective Safety Glasses, Polycarbonate Impact Resistant Lens Pack of 12 (Clear) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Hyde Tools 45395 Heavy Duty Rubber Sanding Block • Amazon Business $5.09 2 $10.18
AmazonBasics 6-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip, 790 Joule - Black • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Alvin Aluminum Graduated T-Square, 12" (ALT12) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Black & Decker 71-081 Double Ended Screwdriving Bit Set, 10-Piece • Amazon Business $3.97 2 $7.94
BLACK+DECKER 15557 10-Piece Drill Bit Set • Amazon Business $3.88 2 $7.76
Stanley STHT51346 7Oz Curve Claw Fiberglass Hammer, • Amazon Business $5.89 1 $5.89

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