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Mr. Purdy from Danbury CT is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Circuits, Electromagnets, and Motors

Help me give my students supplies to create electrical circuits and learn about electromagnetics motors.

  • $198 goal

This project expired on March 7, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, "Not all those who wander are lost."

A wall in my classroom was painted by my student, a talented graffiti artist.

The wall has the word "Think" sprawled across, with the Tolkien quote tucked in the corner. This wall is an ode to our students' opportunity to think freely. Our school is part of the District Reference Group H, which is the second lowest socioeconomic level a school can be placed in.

As a fifth-year, eighth-grade science teacher, I have already experienced the lack of funding our science program receives. The activities that we complete, both in and out of the classroom, are greatly restricted by the socioeconomic makeup of our student body, as well as the absence of a budget for laboratory supplies.

The students in our school come from very diverse backgrounds and cultures and often do not have the resources that allow them to succeed at higher levels. Many of the students are disengaged, with attendance of​ less than 85%, but are often discouraged by the connections made at school. Despite this, they are very willing to work in school and take the opportunity to utilize the limited resources that are available.

My Project

As a new part of our NGSS aligned curriculum, the 8th graders are studying Electromagnets, and we would like to make circuits, electromagnets out of iron nails, and motors out of batteries and wire.

By learning through hands-on​ activities, the students can make connections to the content and create experiences that will stick with them for many years to come.

The circuits will help students to understand the basics of electricity, and how electrons flow through a wire, emitting energy where it is needed. The iron nail magnets will help students to understand the relationship between electricity and magnetism, and make comparisons between the electromagnet and regular magnets.

Mr. Purdy
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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1 donor1 donor has given to this project.

This project will reach 120 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries (48 Count) - Packaging May Vary • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Creative Hobbies 5 Pack of Metal Push Button On/Off Switches, Single Circuit, 3A-120V, Nickel Finish, Metal Bushing with 6 Inch Wire Leads Stripped Ends • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
Powerful Neodymium Bar Magnets, Rare-Earth Metal Neodymium Magnet - 60 x 10 x 3 mm, Pack of 20 • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
2 Alnico Bar Magnets • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
Mini Skater 2.36 Inch Iron Metal Hardware Wire Nail Assortment,4.86 Ounce/137.8g • Amazon Business $6.30 2 $12.60
Alligator Clip Test Leads, ELEGOO 30 PCS Alligator Clip Test Leads Set with Alligator Clips Double-end 50cm Jumper Wire • Amazon Business $10.86 1 $10.86
BimBumBom 12 inch balloons Multi colored (101 Pcs) Premium Metallic Jewel toned balloons, Bulk Pack of Rainbow Assorted Color latex balloons • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
[6-PACK] 7Feet Starry String Lights,Fairy Lights Battery Operated with 20 Micro Leds On Silvery Copper Wire. 2pcs CR2032(Incl), Works for Wedding Centerpiece,Party,Table Decorations(Warm White) • Amazon Business $8.88 1 $8.88
WAYLLSHINE® 12 Pcs/1 Dozen 2 x 1.5V AA Battery Holder Case Box Black Wire Leads • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

Materials cost

$135.99

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.04

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$168.03

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$29.65

Total project goal

$197.68

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$197.68

1 Donor

-$168.03

Donations toward project cost

-$168.03

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$29.65

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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