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Ms. Tan from S Lake Tahoe CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Laser Cutting Models & Inventions Across the Curriculum

Help me give my students corrugated cardboard sheets, colored felt sheets, and black markers so they can create models and inventions in their math, science, language arts, and social studies classes.

  • $394 goal

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My Students

"It's working!" can be heard from my students when their hard work produces a working prototype. Middle school can be a tough time where some students struggle to survive.

In our Maker Lab, our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders do more than survive, they thrive!

With a STEAM curriculum that encourages individual curiosity, creativity, and personal expression, my students learn hands-on and high tech skills they can use to build their own custom creations. When students are interested in their projects, the learning becomes play. We will be hard at play in the Maker Lab this year!

My Project

The Maker Lab has a new and fantastic tool, a laser cutter. We've had success with 6th, 7th and 8th graders hand-drawing and laser cutting components for their inventions.

The laser cutter is ready to visit the science, math, language arts, and social studies classrooms.

Students will have access to this fantastic STEAM tool to create artifacts, build models, and bring stories to life. We have a cart, and we just need the raw materials of invention. Our students will build their models using the black Sharpies and cardboard. They will also laser cut felt to add color and texture to their inventions.

FYI, as students advance with their digital design skills, they will be able to design parts with accurate dimensions on their Chromebooks. These designs will then be cut on the laser cutter. Nice!

Ms. Tan
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Partners Brand Corrugated Sheets • Amazon Business $35.17 4 $140.68
Sharpie Fine-Point Markers - Black - Canister of 36 • Nasco $43.25 1 $43.25
Sharpie Ultra-Fine Point Markers - Box of 12 - Black • Nasco $13.15 3 $39.45
FELT 9 X 12 SHEETS ASSORTED PASTELS SET OF 100 • School Specialty $20.44 1 $20.44
FELT 9 X 12 SHEETS ASSORTED COLORS SET OF 100 • School Specialty $20.44 1 $20.44

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