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Mrs. West
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

Get K'Nected to Science

My students need K-Nex sets to reinforce their learning about forces and machines and to give them hands on experiences in building machines and seeing how they work.

My Students

Help us understand how machines work, and the purpose that they serve in our daily lives. What forces have to act on the machines to make them work and how these machines make our daily lives easier.

We live in a rural area with many students living in poverty.

We have a wonderful school that provides as much stimulation and opportunity as possible for each student. Some of our students receive the best meal of their day here at our lunch room. Many of my students do not have LEGOS or K'NEX for hands on experiences and manipulation. Several students live with grandparents instead of parents for many different reasons. The grandparents are on fixed incomes and often are raising more that one grandchild without assistance. The children are being provided for as well as possible but are not being provided with many extras such as toys, manipulative's, and learning games.

My Project

The children will be able to build and manipulate with the K'NEX to create simple and compound machines. They will be able to better understand how a machine works and how much force is needed to make it work. They will be able to see the different simple machines that are incorporated into one compound machine. They will work in teams and follow directions to construct machines such as dump trucks, blenders, swings, pulley systems, and much more. This hands on experience makes learning more concrete and therefore the students retain more of the knowledge that is being taught. Plus they learn team work which is an important skill in their school life as well as in the outside world. I feel that having these manipulative's will better reinforce their learning and retention of the material being taught.

My students will enjoy learning about machines and forces and will better retain the information by using the hands on materials.

Children often learn and retain information better if they are allowed to manipulate and experience the subject being taught using hands on experiences. Students learn to work cooperatively in teams and follow directions. This will provide the students with materials that most of them do not have at home. It will reinforce the lesson and frameworks being taught.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
K NEX Deluxe Construction Set • Nasco $154.95 1 $154.95
K NEX Exploring Machines • Nasco $128.95 1 $128.95
K NEX Forces, Energy, and Motion • Nasco $123.95 1 $123.95

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This project will reach 70 students.

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