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Mrs. Soto from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Creativity and Critical Thinking Through Making and STEM

My students need the WORX cutting tool, LAUNCH Rocket Science kit, the Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit, the AA, AAA and CR2032 batteries to keep our school's makerspace stocked with useful materials and books.

  • $399 goal

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My Students

As a teacher in a high poverty school district, I see my students face many challenges both in and out of the classroom. Gangs roam the neighborhood recruiting them at a very young age. Despite the challenges they have many students are eager to be the exception and strive for excellence. I aim to provide my students with meaningful yet creative learning experiences. Our school's motto is to prepare leaders in mind, body, and character for success in college, career, and a life of service within the global community through an education that values honor, courage, and commitment.

My Project

When I attended my first Maker Faire, I was blown away and immediately knew that I wanted to build my own makerspace at my school. All the activities in the Maker Faire were creative, exciting, and so much fun, and I learned a lot. I want to pass that experience to my students. By obtaining the Rocket Kit, Lego Kit, science experiment kit, batteries and all the books I chose, we will have a good amount of material to use for making and tinkering. My students will learn so much with these STEM projects and enhance their mathematics, science and engineering skills.

Makerspaces are spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn.

They will create projects such as rockets and paper circuits with the LEDs and CR2032 batteries, copper tape. They will build with Legos. These materials will allow my students the opportunity to use their imagination and creativity while supporting STEM activities by designing, constructing, and putting chemistry and physics into play.

Mrs. Soto
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 80 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
WORX WX081L ZipSnip Cutting Tool • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
EUDAX Rectangular DC Motor Mini Electric Motor 1.5-3V 24000RPM with 9.8" Lead Wires with 2 x 1.5V AA Battery Holder Case and Motor Mounting Bracket Holder for DIY Toys (15 Set) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
LAUNCH! Rocket Science Kit with 18 Experiments (Ages 8+) • Amazon Business $26.95 1 $26.95
AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries (100-Pack) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
• Amazon Business $23.53 1 $23.53
Soda Bottle Preforms and Caps (30/pk) • Amazon Business $21.32 1 $21.32
AmazonBasics AAA Performance Alkaline Batteries (100-Pack) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
SkoTeRy 4 X 25 Pack CR2032 Lithium Battery 3V CR 2032 Coin Cell 230mAh Bulk • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit • Amazon Business $18.42 1 $18.42
4M Magnet Science Kit • Amazon Business $13.33 1 $13.33
Light Emitting Diodes, Elfeland 750pcs 3mm 2Pin LED Lamp Assorted Diffused LED Kit White Yellow Red Blue Green for Arduino & DIY (5 colors x 150pcs) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Selizo 6 Pack Copper Foil Tape with Conductive Adhesive for EMI Shielding, Slug Repellent, Paper Circuits, Electrical Repairs, Grounding • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
4M Crystal Growing Experiment • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You! • Amazon Business $9.93 1 $9.93
Amazing Makerspace DIY Electricity (True Books) (True Books: Amazing Makerspace DIY) • Amazon Business $6.18 1 $6.18
Amazing Makerspace DIY Basic Machines (True Books) (True Books: Amazing Makerspace DIY) • Amazon Business $6.18 1 $6.18
I Can Make Exciting Electronics (Rookie Star) (Rookie Star Makerspace Projects) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
I Can Make Remarkable Robots (Rookie Star) (Rookie Star Makerspace Projects) • Amazon Business $5.26 1 $5.26

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