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Mrs. Flores from Austin TX is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Energy Exploration & Seriously Fun Circuits!

My students need 1 Rube Goldberg Machine, 5 Mousetrap games, 7 Operation games to explore energy transfers and examine what’s going on inside a complete electrical circuit!

  • $456 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My amazing bunch of future scientists are eager to get hands-on experience with virtually anything! They want to create! They are an active bunch that needs hands-on examples of how things work. They like to do instead of just hearing or read about how processes are done. They can reflect well through writing and speaking in both languages after experiencing for themselves, which is typical for dual language students. We are a dual language class in a Title 1 school in the heart of Texas.

My Project

Children love to explore science through things they can relate to. Using the Operation, Rube Goldberg Machine and Mousetrap games students will get a hands on exploration of energy transfers culminating in complete circuits, incomplete circuits and conductors. By donating to our project, you’ll give tiny scientists an opportunity to engage in a Rube Goldberg Machine read aloud engaged, study how potential energy transforms in machines and how electrical charges travel through a metal conductor in the Operation handpiece wire, how the circuit becomes complete when the metal tweezers if the Operation metal trim (causing the buzzer to sound!), and see for themselves the results of trying to implement an incomplete circuit. Learning through toys is immediately engaging and will surely motivate young scientists. Further, students can take the fundamentals from Mousetrap and learning from the Operation game “dissection” and apply it to a wide variety of mechanical and electrical engineering projects!

Mrs. Flores
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Operation Game • Kaplan Early Learning Company $25.46 7 $178.22
GAME ELEFUN AND FRIENDS MOUSE TRAP AGES 4+ • School Specialty $21.72 5 $108.60
KEVA Contraptions: 200 Plank Set • AKJ Education $36.46 1 $36.46
Rube Goldberg's Simple Normal Humdrum School Day • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Ruby Goldberg's Bright Idea • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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