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Mrs. Graves
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 6 donors
  • $0 still needed

Invention Literacy Maker Supplies: Sewing Machines and Power Tools

My students need a Heavy Duty Singer sewing machine, Stanley Power tools, and Fuller Manual drill for their creative invention literacy projects.

My Students

While almost half of my students are on free and reduced lunch, that doesn't stop them from being highly creative. Our diverse school has over 2,000 students and many of those students visit the library as a creative outlet. Our library makerspace has allowed them to pursue passions and discover new inspirations for career paths. This year we are working on bringing making further into the curriculum by combining literacy and creation. Our students are highly engaged when being creative, so I am excited for this partnership and collaboration with ELA teachers.

My Project

Our students are embarking on their second year of Invention Literacy Research. One of our foundational goals in the library is to teach our students how the world works. Because of this, our freshmen English students will be researching how an invention works and creating their own iteration of that invention. Our students thrive with this type of highly creative maker research. Every student will choose and create their own invention mostly using and reusing recyclable materials. Therefore, we will need many different types of tools to make our project successful.

We hope to intrigue students who've never been exposed to sewing machines and power tools before.

By including these resources during our research, we are introducing tools for hands on learning that many of our students have never used before. By exposing them to these tools, we hope to inspire them to be more creative on a daily basis and even pursue and develop new maker interests.

One of the best things about giving our students these reusable resources is that we will be able to use them over and over again for many different maker-focused projects!

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Singer Sewing 4432 Heavy Duty Extra-High Speed Sewing Machine with Metal Frame and Stainless Steel Bedplate • Amazon Business $174.99 1 $174.99
Brother XL2600I Sew Advance Sew Affordable 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine • Amazon Business $79.99 1 $79.99
Fuller Tool 890-1072 12-Point Reversible Ratchet Brace with 4-Jaw Chuck • Amazon Business $31.44 1 $31.44
TruePower 09-0279 Wood Boring Stubby Auger Bit Set (6 Piece) • Amazon Business $21.29 1 $21.29
Stanley 51-624 20-Ounce Rip Claw Fiberglass Hammer • Amazon Business $8.72 2 $17.44
Stanley 19-800 Saw Storage Mitre Box with 12-Inch Backsaw • Amazon Business $17.04 1 $17.04
SEWING KIT - THE MOST EXPANSIVE & HIGHEST QUALITY KIT - Includes All You Need & More! Perfect as a Beginner Sewing Kit, Travel Sewing Kit, Campers, Emergency Sewing Kit & More! - Evergreen Art Supply • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Swanson Tool S0101 7-inch Speed Square • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
Stanley 33-425 Powerlock 25-Foot by 1-Inch Measuring Tape - Original • Amazon Business $7.60 1 $7.60
Stanley 43-511 Magnetic Shock Resistant Torpedo Level • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
Black & Decker 15557 Drill Bit Set, 10-Piece • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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This project will reach 999 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 5 other donors.

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