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Ms. Altman from Chapel Hill NC is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Financial Literacy Forces and Motion Commercial

Help me give my students LEGOs, LEGO Minifigures, and books for a financial literacy STEM project.

  • $487 goal

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My Students

My students, in Kindergarten to 5th grade, are amazing, eager children who are determined to succeed.

Students at our school are both socioeconomically and culturally/ethnically diverse.

My students love to learn, inquire, collaborate, and participate in activities that challenge them and require them to dig deeper in a loving, supportive, and creative classroom environment that integrates literacy and STEM. My goal is that they become 21st-century students ready to conquer life's challenges.

Our theme this year is "Lights Camera Action: Where Students Are Our Main Attraction," and I'm ready to help my students shine and reach their full potential.

My Project

Do you remember playing "that's my car" as a child...when you would see a car drive by and yell out, "That's my car?" Do you know how often students play this game without thinking about the associated costs of owning or manufacturing a car?

This project will combine financial literacy, STEM, and more as students design a car to test Newton's Laws of Forces and Motion.

This project consists of two activities: building LEGO/balloon designed cars and planning a field trip to the state fair. Each item in this project, LEGO mini-figures, cars, wheels, axles, etc. will have an associated cost. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the Three Laws of Motion by creating a balloon-powered LEGO car using the LEGO mini-figures, axles, wheels, and race car sets. Each part of the car will have an associated cost, and students will design the most affordable car that can travel the farthest. Students will use the LEGO suitcase to store their materials. Students will use the books and movie kit to create a commercial for their designs. An option for early finishers will be to research the cost to take a trip to the NC state fair and design a ferris wheel using the LEGO creator Ferris Wheel.

This project will enhance students' financial literacy because they will learn how to create a budget, will learn the difference between wants and needs as they design their cars based on a budget, and will learn that there are costs that they may not have thought of. For example, you have to pay for tags, taxes, gas, and maintenance for a car, and students will learn these aspects as they build their cars and realize that they may not have budgeted for everything that they need.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO Creator Expert Ferris Wheel 10247 Construction Set • Amazon Business $195.79 1 $195.79
Brickyard Building Blocks Wheels, Tires, and Axles - 459 Pieces Building Bricks Compatible Set by Includes Steering Wheels, Windshields, and Colorful Brick Building Chassis Pieces (459 pcs) • Amazon Business $34.95 1 $34.95
LEGO Classic Creative Suitcase 10713 Building Kit (213 Pieces) • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
Blue Orchards Race Car Vehicle Brick Sets (12 Pack), Lego-Inspired Car Building Sets, 380 Total Pieces! • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
NINANO Lego-Compatible Set - 60pcs Mini Community Building Bricks People for Kids Party to Build More Fun,Boys and Girls' Toys • Amazon Business $19.90 1 $19.90
Klutz KLZ813720 Lego Make Your Own Movie, Multicolored • Amazon Business $19.54 1 $19.54
The Wrong Shoes: A Book About Money and Self-Esteem (Generous Kids) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56

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