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Ms. Anna from Oakland CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Digital Fabrication and Physical Computing for Fruitvale Students

Help me give my students Micro:bit kits for experimenting with coding, and for developing their digital fabrication and physical computing skills.

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My Students

My students are part of elective classes in 3D Design, Digital Fabrication, and Digital Photography. During our 2 and a half months together we learn to sew, create our own clothes, code, laser-cut and 3D print. In class they are able to work enthusiastically in groups or independently on their own, demonstrating to be a cohesive and engaged group. They are exceptionally talented and have wonderful ideas for their projects. I feel however that at times they are limited in scope by the materials and equipment in class.

They have amazed me day after day with their creativity, inventiveness, and energetic presence in the classroom everyday.

They are playful and exuberant and are a joy to be around.

Students in the school are primarily Latinx from the Oakland area. I would like to expand the amount of tools and equipment in class, so that each student has the opportunity to engage with hands-on skills like sewing, soldering, coding, woodworking. I am asking for extra machines in order to serve more students, and make the time in class more efficient.

My Project

My students last year in 3D Design created, among other projects, soft interactive toys by combining sewing, coding and prototyping skills. For the advanced elective I am offering this year, I would like to offer the possibility of using Micro:bits, which use the same code language we have used so far, but with many more applications!

These microcontrollers have the capacity to be integrated in many projects such as physical computing and biometrics.

Some examples of lessons I would like to include next year are biomimicry, interactive 3d-printed school supplies for the community, interactive laser-cut lamps. My idea is to combine the high-end and low-end equipment that we have at school to create 3D interactive prototypes. In other words, mixing together 3D printing, laser-cutting, woodworking, sewing, and coding.

Micro:bits have a low floor, high ceiling application and I would like to expand my course by having a class set for my "advanced students".

Ms. Anna
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
micro:bit club 10 Pack Retail Bundle Box • AKJ Education $159.95 3 $479.85
Basic Starter Kit for BBC Micro:bit with Free Tutorial, Inventor's Kit Includes Sensor, Expansion Board, Servo, Relay and Acrylic Protective case for Microbit Beginners&Kids (Blue) • Amazon Business $32.99 10 $329.90

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