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Mrs. McMillen from Gardnerville NV is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

It’s Alive! The Tale of a Small Town Makerspace

My students need tools and supplies to transform the objects of their imaginations into tangible models in our makerspace club.

  • $491 goal

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My Students

Our kids are bursting with neurodiversity and embody curiosity and LOVE science. They smile, laugh, and dig deep. They relish experimenting and expanding their knowledge.

I hear time and time again how excited the kids are about coming to school because they are free to explore the magic of how the world works.

Parents are so grateful for these opportunities, especially since our school is Title I. These types of experiences require pecuniary contributions and, sometimes, miracles. Our school family contributes what they can, but some things are simply beyond our reach.

My Project

At our school, we strive to give our kids opportunities to explore their passions. One area we’re working hard to improve centers on enhancing opportunities to explore the sciences. More to the point, we are looking to build an after school makerspace/coding club where the kids will be able to indulge their curiosities as they explore and create.

In this program, we will be providing students with instruction, collaboration, and support as they endeavor to bring their creations to life; from basic robot design to simple machines and beyond, we endeavor to follow their lead and support them wherever the path shall lead us.

With this said, we need a little support getting started. We have been blessed by local community groups and individual donations, but we still need a few treasures.

For instance, we are in need of tools like wire cutters, glue guns, and special scissors for cutting through thick cardboard. We also need basic supplies to help us explore circuitry, robotics, & pneumatics/hydraulics such as syringes, tubing, gears, pulleys, and wire.

Mrs. McMillen
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AmazonBasics Tools 4-Piece Pliers Set • Amazon Business $12.99 4 $51.96
Jello Shot Syringes 50 Pack Easy-to-Clean Syringes for Halloween, BPA Free Syringe Jello Shots with Oversized Caps for Holiday, Birthday or Graduation Parties - Jello Shot Syringes 1.5 oz by EZ-Inject • Amazon Business $24.49 2 $48.98
Ajax Scientific Plastic Gear with 40 Teeth (Pack of 10) • Amazon Business $8.83 5 $44.15
Gardner Bender GS-355 Electrical Wire Stripper Tool, 6¼ in., Comfort Grip, Solid & Stranded Wire, 10-20 AWG • Amazon Business $9.19 3 $27.57
BEMONOC 130 Small Motor DC 3-12V Ultra High Speed DIY Hobby Remote Control Toy Car 10pcs • Amazon Business $12.88 2 $25.76
AdTech Multi-Temp Mini-Size Glue Sticks for Crafting, DIY, and Home Repair | 30-Count | Item #220-34ZIP30 (America’s most popular hot melt glue stick! AdTech’s Multi-Temp formula is trusted by crafters and DIYers more than any other glue stick. Use this multi-temp formula in your high or low-temp glue gun and expect superior results!) • Amazon Business $2.67 7 $18.69
AdTech Lo-Temp Mini Glue Gun | Low Temp Compact Tool for Crafting, School Projects and DIY | Item#0450 • Amazon Business $2.67 7 $18.69
3M Scotch 35 Electrical Tape Rainbow Packs: 1/2 in. x 20 ft. (9-pack) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
EUDAX 2mm Hole Plastic Belt Pulley Gears Combination Modulus Package Rubber Belts Band Plastic Model Accessories for DIY Robots Cars RC Toy Car Airplane • Amazon Business $8.89 2 $17.78
Nylon Cable Ties - 8" - Multi Color (Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Fuschia, Orange, Gray, Purple) - 500 Pieces • Amazon Business $13.65 1 $13.65
SkoTeRy 50 Pack CR2032 Lithium Battery 3V CR 2032 Coin Cell 230mAh Bulk • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
ATP Vinyl-Flex PVC Food Grade Plastic Tubing, Clear, 1/8" ID x 1/4" OD, 100 feet Length • Amazon Business $11.44 1 $11.44
Southwire 56750023 100' 20/2 Twisted Bell Wire • Amazon Business $10.88 1 $10.88
4 Pack Copper Foil Tape with Conductive Adhesive for EMI Shielding, Slug Repellent, Paper Circuits, Electrical Repairs, Grounding(1/4inch) • Amazon Business $10.58 1 $10.58
Duck Brand 283227 Printed Duct Tape, Rubber Duckies, 1.88 Inches x 10 Yards, Single Roll • Amazon Business $5.07 1 $5.07
Duck Brand 282495 Printed Duct Tape, Gummy Bears, 1.88 Inches x 10 Yards, Single Roll • Amazon Business $4.26 1 $4.26
Duck Brand 283972 Printed Duct Tape, Black and Yellow Stripes, 1.88 Inches x 15 Yards, Single Roll • Amazon Business $3.97 1 $3.97
Duck Brand 281026 Printed Duct Tape, Mustaches, 1.88 Inches x 10 Yards, Single Roll • Amazon Business $3.56 1 $3.56
Duck Brand 1388825 Printed Duct Tape, Digital Camouflage, 1.88 Inches x 10 Yards, Single Roll • Amazon Business $3.37 1 $3.37
Duck Brand 283039 Printed Duct Tape, Galaxy, 1.88 Inches x 10 Yards, Single Roll • Amazon Business $3.37 1 $3.37

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