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Mrs. Ventrudo from Millersville MD is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Expanding Our Makerspace to Promote STEM!

My students need electronic components, Lego Mindstorms set, and arts and craft supplies to expand their STEM opportunities in our Makerspace.

  • $990 goal

This project expired on January 15, 2016.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Jennifer Fleming once said, "Teaching in the Internet age means we must teach tomorrow’s skills today.” In order to truly make my students college and career ready, they need assess to the tools, technology and problem-solving opportunities they will meet in the real world.

Last year, I created a Makerspace in our elementary school's media center to promote STEM with our students, parents and staff.

Once a week, 4th and 5th grade makerspace participants gathered to work on independent and group projects in areas such as 3D design, computer programming, arts and crafts, electronics and much more. Students were actively engaged in open-ended, student-led activities but some students needed even more enrichment than my resources could provide. We have a high percentage of gifted and talented students who are ready for even more advanced challenges!

My Project

Makerspace participants will be able to use the requested materials to create more 3D models using the filament for the 3Doodlers that we own, invent robotic Lego creations using the Lego Mindstorms set, explore advanced computer programs by using the Raspberry Pi and invent new devices or games powered by the battery holders. Students will be able to use the multimeter to test voltage, resistance, amps and electrical current flow of their creations to ensure safety and proper power supply. Students with beginner knowledge of electricity can use the AC adapters for our Snap Circuits sets to avoid using lots of batteries, while the advanced users can utilize the sensor, drive shield and chassis to create an Arduino-controlled vehicle. The voice recorder will assist students in their multimedia projects that they create while the duct tape will allow students to create functional and artistic creations.

As we continue our Makerspace program, these resources will help us expand our offerings while supporting our school's STEM initiative from our school improvement plan.

Your donations to our project will allow our Makerspace participants to truly expand their ideas of what's possible through this unique STEM exploration. This will open the doors for both boys and girls to experience the power of STEM skills in their daily lives and in their futures.

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO(r) Mindstorms EV3 (31313) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $349.99 1 $349.99
Duck Brand Colored Duct Tape Set of 20 Rolls • Nasco $72.76 1 $72.76
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Complete Starter Kit with WiFi (Latest Version Raspberry Pi 2 + WiFi + Original Preloaded 8GB SD Card + Case + Power Supply + HDMI Cable) • Amazon Business $69.99 1 $69.99
Sony ICD-PX333 Digital Voice Recorder • Staples Advantage $59.99 1 $59.99
AC Snap • Nasco $16.96 2 $33.92
Royal Open Tub - Blue • Kaplan Early Learning Company $10.16 2 $20.32
3Doodler PLA PL03-GRAS Plastic Strands Greener Grass, 25/Pack • $9.99 2 $19.98
3Doodler PLA PL13-CLPK Plastic Strands Clearly Pink, 25/Pack • $9.99 2 $19.98
3Doodler PLA PL08-ISLB Plastic Strands Island Blue, 25/Pack • $9.99 2 $19.98
3Doodler PLA PL19-MARS Plastic Strands Martian Mars Red, 25/Pack • $9.99 2 $19.98
Emgreat® Motor Robot Car Chassis Kit with Speed Encoder wheels and Battery Box • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Digital Multimeter • Nasco $11.86 1 $11.86
SainSmart L293D Motor Drive Shield For Arduino Duemilanove Mega UNO R3 AVR ATMEL • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
SunFounder 2 pcs Ultrasonic Module HC-SR04 Distance Sensor for Arduino UNO MEGA R3 Mega2560 Duemilanove Nano Robot XBee ZigBee • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
D Battery Cell Holder 2 Cells • Nasco $1.28 5 $6.40
AA Battery Cell Holder 2 Cells with Switch • Nasco $1.19 5 $5.95

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