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Mrs. Cortez from Thibodaux LA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Eureka!.... and Other STEM Lab Expressions

Help me give my students STEM experiment kits and research collections like Classroom Library Collections: Biomes and Habitats to provide them with hands-on discovery and to bring out their inner genius!

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My Students

Archimedes' legendary “Eureka!” moment was when he made a remarkable discovery known as the Archimedes Principle or buoyant force. Archimedes was so thrilled and excited with this discovery that he immediately began shouting loudly 'Eureka! Eureka!' (I have found it! I have found it!), in delight.

Eureka may not be the exact word my students use, but they love to investigate and explore creative, imaginative ways to find solutions to those investigations through deep critical thinking and STEM activities in their own diversified learning styles.

Discovery is so exhilarating for them!

Our student population reflects our community with its diversity of culture, status and ability. My students range from those who are gifted to those who need modifications and differentiated instruction. Our school has become a safe-haven for students who have been bullied due to physical disabilities, learning disabilities or even extreme creativity, but all of my students have the potential to make huge contributions to our future in mathematics and science.

My Project

The goal of this proposal is to provide my K-5th grade "Creative Corner" lab students with STEM materials that develop curiosity and wonderment about how the natural world interacts. These materials will encourage student-centered investigation so that they can become capable and innovative leaders in our community in preparation for STEM-related careers. This is our second phase of our STEM lab development with the focus this year on science.

Students will use the Classroom Library collection on Biomes and Habitats and kits purchased to do research focused on life, earth and physical science, from animal adaptations and natural disasters to renewable energy and force.

They will complete meaningful projects and experiments in pairs and in small groups to solve real-life problems faced around the globe—using STEM skills to find inventive solutions! In particular interest are ecosystems balance and preservation. Students will be empowered by having access to diversified activities and hands-on immersive learning through STEM guides and idea books.

As students engage in STEM-based activities that address the Louisiana State Standards, understanding that respects diversified learning styles can occur. Although science standards are the focus, these activities will increase scores and competency across curriculum lines of literacy, technology, engineering, and mathematics within the completion of projects.

I love to hear the students’ excitement as they learn and apply the scientific method of discovery, but with these new materials, they will be creating lasting memories of exploration and even shout “Eureka”! Thank you for your kind consideration to make their discovery that much more exciting and impactful.

Mrs. Cortez
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Teacher Created Materials - Classroom Library Collections: Biomes and Habitats - 10 Book Set - Grades 2-3 - Guided Reading Level K - P • Amazon Business $64.61 1 $64.61
Ravensburger Gravitrax Marble Run & STEM Toy For Boys & Girls Age 8 & Up - 2019 Toy of The Year Finalist • Amazon Business $59.95 1 $59.95
Lakeshore Global Challenges Project Based STEM Kit - Oil Spill • Amazon Business $54.99 1 $54.99
Thames & Kosmos Electricity & Magnetism Science Kit | 62 Safe Experiments Investigating Magnetic Fields & Forces for Ages 8+ | Assemble Electric Circuits with Easy Snap-Together Blocks • Amazon Business $53.90 1 $53.90
TS697 - Instant STEM Activities - Gr. 1-3 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
Engino Discovering STEM Structures Constructions & Bridges | 9 Working Models | Illustrated Instruction Manual | Theory & Facts | Experimental Activities | STEM Construction Kit • Amazon Business $22.49 2 $44.98
SuperScience STEM Instant Activities: Grades 4-6: 30 Hands-on Investigations With Anchor Texts and Videos • Amazon Business $31.70 1 $31.70
hand2mind 5-Inch Childrens' Safety Glasses, Easy to Label Goggles for Chemical Splash or Projectile | For Kids At Home, Classroom, Labs (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $12.95 2 $25.90
ETA hand2mind STEM at Play Splash! Water Science Lab Kit • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Ravensburger Gravitrax Trax Expansion Set Marble Run & STEM Toy for Boys & Girls Age 8 & Up - Expansion for 2019 Toy of The Year Finalist Gravitrax • Amazon Business $24.93 1 $24.93
IQ BUILDER | STEM Learning Toys | Creative Construction Engineering | Fun Educational Building Toy Set for Boys and Girls Ages 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year Old | Best Toy Gift for Kids | Top Blocks Game Kit • Amazon Business $24.77 1 $24.77
Thames & Kosmos Magnetic Science • Amazon Business $22.23 1 $22.23
Domino Rally Crazy Race — Dominoes for Kids — STEM-based Learning Set • Amazon Business $21.20 1 $21.20
Learning Resources Platform Scale, 2.2Kg/5Lb • Amazon Business $9.80 2 $19.60
STEM Lab (Maker Lab) • Amazon Business $15.22 1 $15.22
hand2mind Wood, Assorted Colors, Dominoes Double-Six Classroom Kit (6 Sets of 28) • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments: Awesome Things To Do With Your Parents, Babysitters and Other Adults • Amazon Business $14.82 1 $14.82
Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids: 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
4M Weather Science Kit • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
4M Clean Water Science • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
STEAM Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Hands-On Projects for Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
4M Salt Water Powered Robot Kit • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
4M Potato Clock • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Awesome Science Experiments for Kids: 100+ Fun STEM / STEAM Projects and Why They Work • Amazon Business $10.77 1 $10.77
4M Green Science Windmill Generator Kit (Packaging May Vary) • Amazon Business $10.74 1 $10.74
Awesome Physics Experiments for Kids: 40 Fun Science Projects and Why They Work • Amazon Business $10.45 1 $10.45
Science, Grade 3 (Interactive Notebooks) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
4M Green Science Rocket Kit • Amazon Business $9.27 1 $9.27
Science, Grade 4 (Interactive Notebooks) • Amazon Business $9.26 1 $9.26
Carson Dellosa Math Interactive Notebook, Grade 5 (Interactive Notebooks) • Amazon Business $8.43 1 $8.43
What Is a Biome? (The Science of Living Things) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Human Footprint: Everything You Will Eat, Use, Wear, Buy, and Throw Out in Your Lifetime (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95

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