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Ms. Baker-Nair from Albuquerque NM is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Elementary Science Materials for Success

My students need biome books (100 3rd graders), straws and balloons for rockets (100 2nd graders), and materials for the science lab and STEAM lab (500 students) - a light table, straw builders, magnetic construction sets.

  • $504 goal

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My Students

Our school has a 100% free lunch student population. It is bursting out of its seams with more than five hundred creative, curious and imaginative young people. The school culture promotes values for community, leadership, respect, and curiosity. Teachers work with students to develop strong foundation skills in math and literacy with a focus on science.

Our students are eager for enriched learning experiences and challenges that engage their desire for exploration, discovery and observation.

The school is centered around science and project-based learning carried out by amazing teachers, families and community partners!

My Project

These materials will engage more than 500 K-5 students in science and engineering. More than 100 third graders will use the biome books in the science laboratory to do research for their project-based learning unit on animal and plant adaptations and biomes. The books will provide choices for students; from tablet research online to concrete books with specific topics geared towards their age range. Often times there are not enough tablets for everyone, so books provide an opportunity for everybody to participate. The glue sticks will be used by more than 500 students throughout the school year to make interactive science journals and create science artwork, including 3D crystal shapes for 4th grade mineral studies.

The straw construction sets and the magnetic construction set will be used by all students in the school for the engineering maker-space in the school's STEAM lab.

Students build confidence in areas such as design, construction, and physics, by using creative play engineering materials. The sets can be reused again and again. The light table will engage K-2 students and beyond to use the building magnatiles and other materials our labs already have. The light table will be used to add an element of Art for tracing, stenciling, and creating designs before building with tactile materials (building craft stick bridges and birdhouses).

The jumbo straws and different sizes of balloons will be used for more than 100 second graders to plan, build, test, and improve with the engineering process. They will work in pairs to create balloon-straw rockets. They will test out how much force they need to send their rocket down a science lab "zip-line". Will the 7" balloon provide enough force? How about the 11" balloon? This activity will be the kick-off activity for additional engineering projects!

Ms. Baker-Nair
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Goobi 300 Piece Construction Set with Instruction Booklet | STEM Learning | Assorted Rainbow colors • Amazon Business $89.95 1 $89.95
LitEnergy 24.3 Inch Diagonal A3 LED Portable Light Table for Tracing • Amazon Business $79.99 1 $79.99
Straws and Connectors Building and Construction Set, Includes 720 Pcs and FREE Storage container • Amazon Business $32.99 2 $65.98
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 60 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $14.35 2 $28.70
GIFTEXPRESS 150 pc 11" Assorted Color Party Balloons Latex Balloons - USA SELLER • Amazon Business $8.99 3 $26.97
Balloons Round 7" 36/Pkg-Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $4.51 4 $18.04
Jumbo Smoothie Straws, Assorted Colors [100 Pack] • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
A Walk in the Deciduous Forest (Biomes of North America) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
A Walk in the Rain Forest (Biomes of North America) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
A Walk in the Desert (Biomes of North America) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
A Walk in the Tundra (Biomes of North America) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Many Biomes, One Earth • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
What Is a Biome? (The Science of Living Things) • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
A Walk in the Prairie (Biomes of North America) • Amazon Business $7.57 1 $7.57
What Is a Life Cycle? (The Science of Living Things) • Amazon Business $7.26 1 $7.26
What Are Food Chains and Webs? (The Science of Living Things) • Amazon Business $6.56 1 $6.56

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