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Mrs. Haskell from Fairfield CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Full Steam Ahead; Coding with Sphero

My students need 2 Sphero coding robots to help build critical thinking skills and support all other subject areas!

  • $313 goal

This project expired on April 29, 2016.

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My Students

I remember being so excited for computer time when I was in school, which was limited to once a week playing "Number Muncher" or "Oregon Trail". Now I get to bring the excitement of new innovative technology to classroom's everyday as an Educational Technology Specialist.

I've been a classroom teacher for 10 years and stepped out of the classroom this year as a TOSA (teacher on special assignment) coaching and supporting teacher and classrooms regarding technology.

I support 5 elementary schools and 1 middle school and absolutely love what I do. Technology can be a "brave a new world" for some veteran teachers and sometimes they need a helping hand along the way and that's where I come in. I'm able to conference with teachers, demonstrate lessons for classes, and work with certain classes on long term projects. One of the things that I LOVE working with students with is coding!

My Project

Coding is the language of computers and by teaching students coding, in simple forms, it supports all other academic areas. I've been able to teach 100s of kids coding via, and various apps but the Sphero adds a whole other dimension to coding. I love the revision process that coding instills in students. The opportunity to adjust our original thinking and try again. That is a skill that so many students lack and has to be built, so why not build it in the best way possible? By donating to this project you are affecting the lives of 1,000s of kids that I support. We would use the Spheros by creating mazes that the students have to program the Spheros to get through, kinetic energy transfer experiments, exploring area and perimeter, and slack line engineering to name a few.

Every day when I come to work I feel like the luckiest girl because I get to spend my day teaching kids and teachers new skills.

At the same time I feel the weight and responsibility of giving the students the best foundation possible to ensure their future academic success. Donors Choose has changed my classroom and very literally my life and the lives of my students. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your incredibly generous donation to our class.

Mrs. Haskell
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 999 students.

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Orbotix - SPRK Robot - Clear • Best Buy Education $106.38 2 $212.76

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