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Ms. McCamy/Beck & Kern from Gridley CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Engineering Minds

Help me give my students hands-on engineering materials to develop the capacity to look closely, explore complexities, and find opportunities to solve real-world problems.

  • $775 goal

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My Students

We are a school in a small, rural, agricultural area. We have a diverse group of students, including a large population of English Language Learners and children of migrant workers. Our school has an enthusiastic and energetic group of young learners in TK-1st grade.

We have a group of spontaneous, social, and eager Kindergartners that love building and exploring the world around them.

The students in our classroom come from very different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The one thing they all have in common is an eagerness to explore and learn in various new and interesting ways! Our goal is to help our students build resilience, develop a growth mindset, and develop habits of mind. The The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) lists six habits of mind, including (1) systems thinking, (2) creativity, (3) optimism, (4) collaboration, (5) communication, and (6) ethical considerations. The NAE report notes that these six “ways of thinking” are not unique to engineering; they're often considered essential skills for citizens of the 21st century.

My Project

"The world doesn't need more graduates with good grades. What the world needs is voracious, self-directed learners with the creative capacity to see the problems of the world as puzzles, and the tenacity to work on the, even in the face of adversity." -Gever Tulley

Children are natural-born engineers.

They love building and taking things apart. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California includes engineering as a core disciplinary idea. These new standards were developed to inspire and channel students into engineering and other stem-related careers. Hands-on, project-based learning is the essence of engineering. These engineering activities fosters communication, collaboration, problem-solving, creativity, and resilience in children. In the 21st century, these skills will be critical for success in any field.

These materials will be used for both structured and unstructured hands-on engineering-based projects and play. In addition to helping students develop critical skills to be successful in the 21st century. Many of these materials also help with fine motor skills, spacial relationships, and through the use of structured play also help build social and emotional skills.

Ms. McCamy/Beck & Kern
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
IRIS USA, Inc. TB-17 19 Quart Stack & Pull Box, Multi-Purpose Storage Bin, 6 Pack, Pearl • Amazon Business $39.99 3 $119.97
100 Piece Essentials Value Set • AKJ Education $35.99 2 $71.98
Creative LEGO Brick Set • LEGO Education $64.95 1 $64.95
DB251 - Playstix® • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 2 $49.98
Gears! Gears! Gears!® 100-Piece Deluxe Building Set • AKJ Education $24.08 2 $48.16
Makit Woodbuilders • Kaplan Early Learning Company $23.36 2 $46.72
Stem Explorations: Gears Building Set • AKJ Education $13.49 3 $40.47
KEVA Contraptions: 200 Plank Set • AKJ Education $36.46 1 $36.46
Oak Creek Lodge • AKJ Education $35.99 1 $35.99
Blinkin' Buddies/Stretchin' Friends Assortment • AKJ Education $10.94 2 $21.88
Wooden Color Blocks (100 Pieces) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $17.99 1 $17.99

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