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Ms. Tan from S Lake Tahoe CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creative Coding Challenges With Sphero Bolt

Help me give my students Sphero Bolt robots so they can gain experience coding communication between multiple robots.

  • $579 goal

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My Students

"It's working!" can be heard from my students when their hard work produces a working prototype. Middle school can be a tough time where some students struggle to survive.

In our maker lab, our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders do more than survive, they thrive!

My students live in a community that is a beautiful vacation destination for tourists seeking mountain recreation. What most of our visitors don't know is that more than half of my students come from low-income households. Their parents work multiple jobs in the tourism sector to support their families. While millions come to visit annually, we are a rural school. My students don't have access to museums or makerspaces where they can interact with technology. That's why we have a Maker Lab in our middle school. With a STEAM curriculum that encourages individual curiosity, creativity, and personal expression, my students learn hands-on and high tech skills they can use to build their own custom creations. When students are interested in their projects, the learning becomes play. We will be hard at play in the maker lab this year!

My Project

My middle school students are learning to code. Right now they are coding devices as a stepping stone to coding their custom inventions later this year. It's a lot of fun, and that's a good thing!

Sphero Bolt robots have the ability to communicate with each other which will bring our coding adventures to an entirely new level.

So far, my students have learned the basics and can code their robots to move, light up, talk and make sounds. They are fascinated with their ability to control their robots and are hungry for more coding challenges. Setting up one robot to interact with another robot provides an entirely new dimension to coding. I want every student to have a chance to play because that's when the best learning happens. Please help me provide more playful coding opportunities for my students.

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Ms. Tan
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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8 donors8 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 400 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sphero BOLT: App-Enabled Robot Ball with Programmable Sensors + LED Matrix, Infrared & Compass - STEM Educational Toy for Kids - Learn JavaScript, Scratch & Swift • Amazon Business $138.97 3 $416.91

Materials cost

$416.91

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$38.15

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.25

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$491.31

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$86.70

Total project goal

$578.01

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$578.01

7 Donors

-$274.45

Donations toward project cost

-$258.03

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$16.42

match offer

-$274.45

Match offer toward project cost

-$233.28

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.17

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$29.11

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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