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Ms. Woodard from Meridian ID is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Inspiring Innovative Solutions

Help me give my students the inspiration they need to become innovative problem solvers! They need these books to help them discover how things work- so they can make them better!

  • $759 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school serves only at risk middle school kids. They are the students who struggle in traditional learning environments and typically fall through the cracks. Something just doesn't click for them in large classes where they end up failing and feeling like school just isn't for them. At our school, smaller class sizes and a focus on organization, perseverance, and positive relationships with teachers, staff, and peers helps to create an environment of success and pride.

We constantly have former students, parents, and community members reaching out to us because of the difference our school has made in their lives or the lives of someone they know.

Students tell us that they feel successful- often times going from failing grades to a 4.0.

My Project

In our Maker Lab the students struggle with finding project ideas. Our students often choose our alternative middle school because of issues with anxiety, autism, or other issues that make traditional schools a place where they have difficulty functioning. The internet is a blessing and a curse for them as they get overwhelmed with all of the ideas that are a click away.

Having a library of project ideas that are organized by skills they are passionate about will ease anxiety and increase creativity and engagement.

Students will be able to use the materials we already have available in the Maker Lab with these books to create an infinite number of projects- from musical instruments to jewelry to electronics and even a geodesic dome from the Duct Tape included in this project! They love making things and will be truly excited to find new projects so easily.

Ms. Woodard
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Duck Brand Duct Tape (25 Random Rolls) Colored Duct Tape Multi Pack for Duct Tape Craft Wallet Decorative Designs DIY Duct Tape Bulk Set Lot (Crafts) • Amazon Business $37.59 2 $75.18
Paper Made!: 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper • Amazon Business $15.72 2 $31.44
Connect It!: Circuits You Can Squish, Bend, and Twist (Cool Makerspace Gadgets & Gizmos) • Amazon Business $28.50 1 $28.50
Make It Yourself! Collages & Sculptures (Cool Makerspace) • Amazon Business $27.60 1 $27.60
Make It Yourself! from Junk to Jewelry (Cool Makerspace) • Amazon Business $26.42 1 $26.42
Move It! Projects You Can Drive, Fly, and Roll (Cool Makerspace Gadgets & Gizmos) • Amazon Business $25.96 1 $25.96
Make It Yourself! Paper Pop-Up Art (Cool Makerspace) • Amazon Business $21.26 1 $21.26
Make: More Electronics: Journey Deep Into the World of Logic Chips, Amplifiers, Sensors, and Randomicity • Amazon Business $21.11 1 $21.11
Make It Yourself! Comics & Graphic Novels (Cool Makerspace) • Amazon Business $20.96 1 $20.96
Make: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Paper to Petal: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand • Amazon Business $19.93 1 $19.93
Paper Craft • Amazon Business $19.91 1 $19.91
Make: Paper Inventions: Machines that Move, Drawings that Light Up, and Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold, and Roll • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Art of Tinkering • Amazon Business $17.72 1 $17.72
The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn • Amazon Business $17.02 1 $17.02
20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius • Amazon Business $17.00 1 $17.00
Musical Inventions: DIY Instruments to Toot, Tap, Crank, Strum, Pluck, and Switch On (Make) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Make: Tools: How They Work and How to Use Them • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Code It! Programming and Keyboards You Can Create Yourself (Cool Makerspace Gadgets & Gizmos) • Amazon Business $16.22 1 $16.22
Duct Tape Engineer: The Book of Big, Bigger, and Epic Duct Tape Projects • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
Makerspace Sound and Music Projects for All Ages • Amazon Business $15.52 1 $15.52
The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions • Amazon Business $14.90 1 $14.90
Craft-tastic – String Art Kit – Craft Kit Makes 3 Large String Art Canvases – Peace Sign Edition • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
Craft-tastic – Paper Bowl Kit – Craft Kit Makes 3 Different-Sized Decorative Bowls • Amazon Business $12.34 1 $12.34
The Big Book of Maker Skills (Popular Science): Tools & Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Light It! Creations That Glow, Shine, and Blink (Cool Makerspace Gadgets & Gizmos) • Amazon Business $11.45 1 $11.45
Making Music: From Tambourines to Rainsticks to Dandelion Trumpets, Walnut Castanets to Shepherd’s Pipes to an Abundance of Homemade Drums, Here Is a ... Assortment of Good Sounds from Found Objects • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Easy Electronics (Make: Handbook) • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40

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