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Ms. Sauer from Eureka CA is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Green Design With Paper Mechactronics

Help me give my students the servo motors they need to build challenging paper mechatronics designs that they will power with Arduino microcontrollers. The Microbits enable my mainstreamed special education students to participate in the same projects.

  • $927 goal

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My Students

Challenging. Resilient. Curious. Hard-working. Cheerful. Energetic. Creative. All of these words describe the students in my Engineering classes. They speak more than 8 different languages at home, from English to Tagalog, from Yurok to Vietnamese, from Arabic to Hmong and other related ethnic Chinese dialects. 72% will be first generation college students, over 60% are eligible for free/reduced-price lunch fee.

These students will rock the future, as entrepreneurs, designers, and engineers!

They are choosing rigorous, college-prep Career Technical Education (CTE) elective classes because they are exploring the tremendous opportunities possible in STEM - by taking engineering and computer science classes. Many low-income students are underprepared and lack the experiences and role models that typically inspire students to pursue STEM careers. They don't have the technology and supplies that many typical college-bound students access through their families. Classroom supplied tools and materials are essential in closing this gap.

My Project

Paper Mechatronics immerses students with hands-on Making, where mechanical design, electronic engineering, and computational thinking are combined with traditional papercrafting. With gears, cams, rack and pinion gears cut from recycled cardboard and mat board, students use servo motors to design and build mechanical devices like Blooming Flowers! Diving Birds! Flying Pigs! Students are introduced to programming by using Arduino microcontrollers to drive their mechanical designs; my special needs students will be able to fully participate in every aspect of this project, by using the simpler Microbit microcontrollers. Using fully recyclable, low cost materials make for an all-around eco-friendly, user-friendly experience!

Ms. Sauer
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 52 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Feetech FT90R 360 Degree Continuous Rotation Micro RC Digital Servo Motor 6V 1.5kg for Arduino Microbit Geekstory(Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $18.79 9 $169.11
Vilros Micro:bit Basic Starter Kit • Amazon Business $27.99 5 $139.95
topseller100, Pack of 50 sheets 8x10 UNCUT matboard / mat boards (Mix) • Amazon Business $24.99 4 $99.96
ccbetter Upgraded Mini Hot Melt Glue Gun with 30pcs Glue Sticks,Removable Anti-hot Cover Glue Gun Kit with Flexible Trigger for DIY Small Craft Projects & Sealing and Quick Daily Repairs 20-watt,Blue • Amazon Business $10.99 9 $98.91
Hot Glue Gun, TopElek Mini Glue Gun Kit with 30pcs Glue Sticks, High Temperature Melting Glue Gun for DIY Small Projects, Arts and Crafts, Home Quick Repairs,Artistic Creation(20 Watts, Blue) • Amazon Business $9.19 9 $82.71
Smraza 10 Pcs SG90 9G Micro Servo Motor Kit for RC Robot Arm Helicopter Airplane Car Boat Control, Arduino Project • Amazon Business $17.59 4 $70.36
Cylewet 35Pcs 6×6×9mm Tactile Tact Push Button Switch Micro Switch Touch Switch with Button Caps of 7 Color for Arduino (Pack of 35) CYT1052 • Amazon Business $5.99 4 $23.96

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