My school is on the south side of Colorado Springs and falls somewhere between being a city and a rural school. Though we are still considered to be in Colorado Springs, there is a cow farm not a half mile from our school. Our families enjoy being a part of a smaller school community where they can get to know their child's teachers, and the teachers love knowing so many of the children in the school. Our students are a true representation of Colorado Springs. We are a multicultural school that spans the spectrum of race, socioeconomic status, and lifestyles. The school is very close to Fort Carson, so many of our students come from military families.
As a teacher, I love this aspect and thrive on the diversity that my students bring to the school.
My students have gravitated toward building and coding, and our society is doing the same! There are already many jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM), but by the time my students become adults, they may be applying for STEAM jobs that do not yet exist!
Help my students gain the basic skills and experience for their future by allowing them to use their imaginations and build using these STEAM materials.
In my project, I have requested LEGO building bricks, magnetic Magformer blocks, wooden blocks (2 sizes), and headphones (for use on sites such as Code.org). Most of these supplies will be placed in pencil boxes labeled "STEAM Bin" and will be available with task cards for students in my classroom throughout the day.
I have already implemented similar bins into my classroom that include Unifix cubes, dominoes, pipe cleaners, and pattern blocks. The supplies in this project would give my students more opportunity to build with different, more interesting materials. Thank you for your support!
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