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Ms. Valdez from Dallas TX is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Full STEAM Ahead: Learning with LEGOs

Help me give my students LEGO components and supplemental materials they will need to learn science and math concepts. In addition, they will receive valuable opportunities for team-building and cooperation.

  • $318 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I am the proud librarian at an elementary school where approximately 96% of the student body is considered of low-socioeconomic status. My students are excited about coming to the library to get their hands on their next great read. Additionally, they are an energetic group of students who love being creative, and the Library Makerspace Club provides them with those opportunities.

Whether working independently or in small groups, the students in the Library Makerspace Club enjoy solving problems.

Given the opportunity, they will show that they are imaginative problem-solvers who will wholeheartedly take on any STEM challenge set before them. They have lots of fun with the variety of activities they get to take on in the library and gain valuable knowledge in the process.

My Project

Imagine every week coming to your extracurricular club and being faced with a challenge that you are happy to meet. That is how it is for my students in Library Makerspace Club. Every week, they come to class ready and eager to find out the theme and challenge for the afternoon's session. By using Legos, I will be able to support the classroom teachers and reinforce science and math concepts taught in the classroom.

The best aspect of it all is that the students will expand their knowledge base while accomplishing the challenges in a fun and engaging manner.

They will be tasked to answer questions about topics such as buoyancy, force, and weight just to name a few. Not only that, they will have the chance to brainstorm and ponder solutions while engaging in discussions with their teammates.

For example, all students conduct scientific investigations in class for further study. One of the concepts I want to address with the students is buoyancy. They will use the Lego bricks to build boats, and we will test them to see which can hold more pennies before it sinks. This activity will provide us the opportunity to discuss buoyancy and how boats float. Other lessons and activities will include using the bricks and rubber bands to create catapults and using the clothesline, bricks, and axles to build a zipline. I believe that these activities will be engaging for the students and provide them with meaningful ways to learn a concept that goes beyond the textbook.

Ms. Valdez
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO(r) Classic Medium Brick Box (10696) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $29.71 4 $118.84
LEGO(r) Wheels Set (9387) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $51.95 1 $51.95
LEGO(r) Small Building Plates (9388) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $41.95 1 $41.95
Rope Clothesline Cotton • Nasco $5.30 1 $5.30
Craft Sticks - Box of 1000 • Nasco $4.25 1 $4.25
String Cotton Twine 300 ft. • Nasco $3.35 1 $3.35
Chenille Kraft Glitter, Pom Pons, 1/2" • Staples Advantage $3.09 1 $3.09
Smooth Wooden Dowels - 14 in. x 12 in. Dozen • Nasco $1.50 2 $3.00
Balloons Round 9 in. Pack of 25 • Nasco $3.00 1 $3.00

Materials cost

$234.73

Vendor shipping charges

$1.89

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.52

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$270.14

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$47.67

Total project goal

$317.81

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$317.81

2 Donors

-$107.94

Donations toward project cost

-$92.05

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.89

match offer

-$209.52

Match offer toward project cost

-$178.09

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$31.43

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.35

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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