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Mrs. Callahan from Washington DC is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Engineers in the Making: Supplies for Project-Based Learning

Help me give my students materials like magnetic tiles and wooden building blocks for hands on, project-based learning!

  • $305 goal

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My Students

My 3rd-5th grade students are kind, unique, and full of energy to learn. They are a part of a special education classroom for students with communication disabilities such as autism. Our school is a part of the Ward 8 community in Washington, D.C., a low-income area. All of my students qualify for free and reduced price lunch. Our school is on the district's list of the 40 schools with the highest needs.

Despite challenges at home and in the community, my students work hard to improve their academic skills and social skills through targeted interventions.

These interventions target the whole student, not just their academics. Communication and social skills are a huge part of our day because autism affects my students' ability to communicate. My students communicate through pictures, sign language, and assistive technology. These methods of communication also help my students achieve academically, as they read, write, and do math. At my school, we live by the motto, "Be the best!" and I believe my students are the best.

My Project

Every morning my students are engineers, engaging in project-based learning. Some days their challenge is to build a house using magnetic tiles or wooden blocks. Other days students have to create 3D shapes with Playdoh and toothpicks or interlocking blocks. This project-based learning helps my students make progress toward the Next Generation Science Engineering Design Standards such as planning and constructing a model that reflects a need or want (i.e. building a house for a family of five).

In order to continue this project-based learning, we need new supplies like magnetic tiles, styrofoam balls, and Zoob Builderz for the new year.

Many of our supplies have been used for years now and are broken. We need new supplies so we can continue building our creative design skills, problem-solving skills, and fine motor skills. This is my students' favorite part of the day and these supplies will help us to continue to engage in project-based learning!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PicassoTiles PT180 Piece Set 180pc Building Block Toy Deluxe Construction Kit Magnet Building Tiles Clear Color Magnetic 3D Construction Playboards Educational Blocks Creativity Beyond Imagination • Amazon Business $79.99 1 $79.99
ZOOB 250-Piece Set • Amazon Business $31.99 1 $31.99
Brain Blox Wooden Building Blocks for Kids - Building Planks Set, STEM Toys for Boys and Girls (100 Pieces) • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 24-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Multi-Color, 3-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up, Multicolor (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
LEGO Classic Basic Brick Set 11002 Building Kit , New 2019 (300 Piece) • Amazon Business $17.00 1 $17.00
PLUS PLUS - Construction Building Toy, Open Play Tube - 240 Piece - Basic Color Mix • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
RIKKO Rainbow Snow Flakes 300 Discs | STEM Educational Brain Building Toy | Interlocking Plastic Construction Connect Set | Promotes Fine Motor Skills Development - Therapy Tools • Amazon Business $11.28 1 $11.28
Pllieay Foam Craft Balls 50 Pieces 20mm (0.79 inch) Polystyrene Spheres for Atomic Classes Craft Projects and Easter Party Decorations • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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