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  • $513 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Mrs. Knapp
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 6 donors
  • $0 still needed

Creating Craftier Engineers Through STEAM Education and Jewelry Design!

Help me give my students the crafting tools and materials necessary to focus on the five elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education through designing and prototyping hand-prepared jewelry!

My Students

We teach in a rural area where over half of our students come from low-income families. They are very hungry for new skills, thirsty for knowledge.

They love the project-based problem solving activities that this program offers because of the hands-on nature of the activities; we, the teachers, love the connections made to science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics!!

Today's world demands for creative problem-solvers, craftier engineers. Our students are fearless when it comes to new experiences in these areas, and as children of the 21st Century, they need to be provided with just these STEAM-based opportunities. We can prepare them to use a variety of tools to engage their world for a stronger tomorrow.

My Project

The majority of our students arrive to us from low-income, very much struggling, families and cannot afford to get involved in such a beautiful experience. We want to provide the opportunity for our kiddos to grow in a positive, confident, self-motivated way. Jewelry making can become so much more than a hobby for many students; it has the potential to become a craft for livelihood. Teaching our students to work with their hands is a skill that can be transcended well beyond jewelry making and even onto entrepreneurship.

Using their imaginations, students create an idea, prototype it, test it, receive feedback from peers, revise it and develop a final design for it, taking notes in a journal along the way.

Our STEAM-based curriculum will provide our students the technical skills, scientific and practical mathematical knowledge, and engineering necessary for learning the parameters associated with an artistic craft.

STEAM education inspires people to wonder, ask questions and innovate by developing their engineering and design skills through prototyping and inventing. People who develop a maker mindset will be better equipped for future challenges. The skills acquired through making allow them to think analytically and to solve real world problems in innovative and creative ways. This opportunity provides students a creative outlet to build a sense of accomplishment and empowerment.

It is critical in today’s ever-changing world for people to become more than consumers of their world and to develop their skills through the design and engineering process in order to be producers and problem-solvers. Business and industry continue to broadcast that future-ready employees need to have multiple areas of expertise or at least appreciate how a range of skills fit together; and for our students, we have STEAM education to fill those gaps.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Beadalon Bead Board 34-Inch • Amazon Business $5.79 10 $57.90
Kissitty About 400pcs/box 15 Color Transparent Frosted Glass Round Beads Set 8mm for Jewelry Craft Making with Container • Amazon Business $9.98 5 $49.90
Kissitty 720pcs/box Mixed Colors Glass Round Loose Spacer Beads Kit 8~8.5mm with 1.3~1.6mm Hole for DIY Jewelry Making with Container Box • Amazon Business $18.98 2 $37.96
Kissitty 8 Styles Handmade Lampwork Millefiori Glass Beads Mixed Colors Loose Spacer Beads with 1 Roll 0.8mm Elastic Stretch Crystal Wire for DIY Jewelry Making • Amazon Business $13.98 2 $27.96
Vouiu Jewelry Beading Tool 3 in 1 Pliers • Amazon Business $6.97 4 $27.88
TOAOB 50pcs Assorted Glass European Lampwork Beads Large Holes Spacer Beads Rhinestone Metal Charms Supplies for Bracelet Necklace Jewelry Making • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Paxcoo 600pcs 12 Style Silver Spacer Beads Jewelry Bead Charm Spacers for Jewelry Making Bracelets Necklace • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
TOAOB 30pcs Assorted Antique Silver Rhinestone European Lampwork Beads Large Hole Spacer Beads Charms Supplies for Bracelet Necklace Jewelry Making • Amazon Business $8.49 2 $16.98
RUBYCA European Charm Bracelet Silver Plated Snake Chain Lobster Clasp DIY Jewelry 7.9 Inch 10pcs • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
RUBYCA European Charm Bracelet Silver Plated Snake Chain Lobster Clasp DIY Jewelry 7.5 Inch 10pcs • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
BRCbeads Top Quality 100Pcs Mix Silver Plate STYLE4 Murano Lampwork European Glass Crystal Charms Beads Spacers Fit Troll Chamilia Carlo Biagi Zable Snake Chain Charm Bracelets. • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Pandahall 100pcs Glass European Beads Faceted Large Hole Spacer Snake Chains Slide Charms Big Beads for Earring Necklace Bracelet Jewelry Making with Brass Silver Core Mixed Color 14x9mm Hole: 5mm • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Pangda 1000 Pack 4 mm Metal Spacer Beads Silver Plated Round Beads Tiny Smooth Beads for Necklaces, Bracelets and Jewelry Making • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Smooth Polished Finish Metal Spacer Round Beads Tiny Ball Beads for Jewelry Making 3000pcs 2mm Silver • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
2000pcs 3mm Silver Smooth Polished Finish Metal Spacer Round Beads Tiny Ball Beads for Jewelry Making • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
WXJ13 36 Feet Silver Stainless Steel Link Cable Chain with 20 Lobster Clasps and 30 Jump Rings for Men Women Jewelry Chain DIY Making, 2.0mm • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
TOAOB 400pcs Silver Plated Crystal Rondelle Spacer Beads 4mm 6mm 8mm 10mm for Jewelry Making • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
LolliBeads (R) Silver Plated Smooth Round Metal Beads 10 mm 100 Pcs • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Shappy 33 Feet Silver Plated Cable Chain Necklace with 30 Jump Rings and 20 Lobster Clasps for Jewelry Making (1.5 mm) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

Materials cost

$373.63

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$26.34

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.60

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$435.57

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$76.87

Total project goal

$512.44

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$512.44

6 Donors

-$450.57

Donations toward project cost

-$435.57

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$61.87

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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6 donors6 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 100 students.

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