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Mrs. Allard's STEAM Lab from San Diego CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

From Hot to Cold Again: The Journey of Water

Help me give my students have access to all phases of water for science experiments with an ice maker and electric kettle.

  • $260 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My small school is set in a suburban community near military housing. Even though my school is within a large metropolitan city, it feels like a small community and sheltered; an "island in the hills." Within those hills, we have a variety of ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as several families that have moved here from other countries. Many of our students are grappling with parents being deployed.

My students are exuberant and creative, and I am constantly challenged to investigate new opportunities for them to test the waters in STEM/STEAM learning - and tailor the activities for all grade levels, transitional kindergarten through grade five!

Our STEAM Lab and Makerspace has gone through many changes over the years, and we are keeping in step with new thinking and methodology by focusing on the three-dimensional design of the Next Generation Science Standards. We also make a concerted effort to incorporate exposures to technology, engineering, art, and mathematical applications, and make it relevant to their world and interests. The curriculum is student-driven, and ever-morphing to meet their needs.

As the TK-5th STEAM Lab teacher, I feel I have the best job ever!

My Project

There have been many occasions in my classroom science experiments where access to both ice and hot water have been necessary. My classroom has neither a freezer nor a faucet with hot water. Microwaving containers of water is time consuming and not particularly safe.

My students need a safe and efficient method of getting both hot water and ice for experiments involving conductivity, phases of matter, and other related concepts.

The ice machine will be a fantastic tool for our classroom in order to quickly replenish our ice supply in so many different experiments, while the electric kettle is a safe way to heat up water quickly and pour safely.

Mrs. Allard's STEAM Lab
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 430 students.

9 donors have given to this project.

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Aicok 26lb Portable Ice Maker Machine for Countertop, Stainless Steel, Ice Cubes ready in 6 Minutes, 26lb Ice per 24 Hrs, Self-clean Function, LCD Display, Ice Scoop&Basket, Perfect for Cocktail Party • Amazon Business $141.99 1 $141.99
BREVO Double Wall Cordless Electric Glass Kettle with LED Blue Light, 1.7 Liter Capacity 1500 Watt, Fast Boiling, Auto Shutoff, Boil-Dry Protection • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99

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