You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

  • $945 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Mrs. Carson
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

Explore, Research, and Build: Books for Creators, Makers, and Doers

Help me give my students a STEM Lab Library full of books that build their skills and inspire them to explore, research, and create!

My Students

I teach English language development and STEM Education at a Title 1 elementary school in Hillsborough, North Carolina. My students come to school eager to learn, especially when they are able to engage in engineering and hands-on science.

Through experiential learning and collaboration, my students solve problems and build language skills at the same time.

My students inspire me to find innovative approaches that build their understanding of curriculum and support their understanding of themselves as change makers in the school community and beyond. The future is bright!

My Project

Our school's Discovery Lab is a STEM Lab that supports creating, making, and doing. Moving into its fourth year, students are becoming more confident in their ability to engineer solutions to real world problems.

We would like to provide students with "how-to" reference books and biographies of scientists, inventors, engineers, and mathematicians, so that they can continually experience and see themselves in these roles.

To ensure that we are reaching all students' interests, the reference books offer ideas for a wide range of maker projects, including: electronics, cardboard building, green design, and music exploration. Similarly, the requested biographies highlight the lives of a diverse group of STEM heroes, including Katherine Johnson, Louis Braille, Emily Roebling, Will Allen, and Temple Grandin, to name a few.

Read More

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Muso Wood Natural Beech Wood Office Desktop Bookends, Wooden Art Bookend for Book Stand,5.1"H x 3.2"W x 4"L (Beech-2Pairs) • Amazon Business $16.98 2 $33.96
The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces (Corwin Teaching Essentials) • Amazon Business $22.63 1 $22.63
Inventions: A Visual Encyclopedia • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
The Green Screen Makerspace Project Book • Amazon Business $18.59 1 $18.59
Start Making!: A Guide to Engaging Young People in Maker Activities • Amazon Business $17.86 1 $17.86
How to Be Good at Science, Technology, and Engineering • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (Millbrook Picture Books) • Amazon Business $15.79 1 $15.79
Outdoor Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
Maker Lab: Outdoors: 25 Super Cool Projects • Amazon Business $15.61 1 $15.61
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $15.17 1 $15.17
Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff (Make) • Amazon Business $15.16 1 $15.16
Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Seeds of Change: Wangari's Gift to the World • Amazon Business $14.85 1 $14.85
Makerspaces in School: A Month-by-Month Schoolwide Model for Building Meaningful Makerspaces • Amazon Business $14.55 1 $14.55
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
Iggy Peck, Architect • Amazon Business $14.19 1 $14.19
100 Invents That Made History: Brilliant Breakthroughs That Shaped Our World (100 in History) • Amazon Business $14.02 1 $14.02
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
Out of the Box: 25 Cardboard Engineering Projects for Makers • Amazon Business $13.78 1 $13.78
Make: Tech DIY: Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids (Make: Technology on Your Time) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Make: Paper Inventions: Machines that Move, Drawings that Light Up, and Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold, and Roll • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Make: Paper Inventions: Machines that Move, Drawings that Light Up, and Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold, and Roll • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
STEM Lab • Amazon Business $13.51 1 $13.51
Makerspace Sound and Music Projects for All Ages • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet (CitizenKid) • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
My Crazy Inventions Sketchbook: 50 Awesome Drawing Activities for Young Inventors • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
Be a Maker • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table (Food Heroes) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
How to Be an Engineer • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $11.27 1 $11.27
Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
125 Cool Inventions: Supersmart Machines and Wacky Gadgets You Never Knew You Wanted! (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon Business $10.68 1 $10.68
Clang!: Ernst Chladni's Sound Experiments • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo: Bilingual Spanish-English (Pura Belpre Honor Books - Illustration Honor) • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge • Amazon Business $8.02 1 $8.02
If I Built a Car • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
If I Built a House • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Infographics for Kids • Amazon Business $7.28 1 $7.28

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


2 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


match offer


Match offer toward project cost


Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 500 students.

Project Activity

This classroom project was brought to life by and 2 other donors.

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo
{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Hillsborough","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[3537521],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"NC","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":4142994,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":500,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Carson","authorIds":{"3537521":{"owner":"Mrs. Carson","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[4142994],"proposalHash":"1884126750","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":20738334,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NzQwOTI1","NjQ2ODEyMA==","NjQwNDA1Mw=="],"teacherId":3537521,"schoolCounty":"Orange","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"NC","name":"North Carolina"}}