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Mr. Jack from New Haven CT is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Coding Through Robotics and Play

My students need an iPad Mini with a keyboard and a Sphero SPRK+ to help them inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding. This will allow them to easily learn programming.

  • $741 goal

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My Students

My school is an urban, culturally diverse dual language (English/Spanish) School with over 75% Free and Reduced Lunch eligible students. Many of them come from homes with no internet or computer access outside of a cell phone. We are in our second year as a 21st Century after school program where I service students from grades 5-8. These students are bright, energetic, engaging, and thirsty for knowledge. They enjoy technology and thrive on knowledge. They are here after school for 12.5 hours a week most weeks as part of my program.

I see STEM as a large factor in the success of our students beyond the classrooms and into adulthood.

I would like to teach coding to the students in a way that is meaningful and engaging to them on a modern platform that is familiar to them. They would absolutely love to expand their knowledge through the use of iPads.

My Project

I would like to introduce coding to the students. Beyond the specific coding skill, students also learn to think logically, learn to work through a task, learn to check their work in detail, learn to persevere, learn to work collaboratively in a team, and it promotes creativity as there are endless ways to code a solution to a problem. Most of these key attributes are hard to teach in a traditional classroom curriculum, yet are essential in the real world. By providing an iPad and Sphero SPRK+, they can learn coding through robotics and play. They can use it along with the Lightning Lab app on the iPad to easily learn programming, complete hands-on activities, and share their creations with the community. The only limit is their imagination.

Mr. Jack
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Apple - iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi 128GB - Space Gray • Best Buy Education $399.99 1 $399.99
Sphero - SPRK+ • Best Buy Education $129.99 1 $129.99
Logitech - Logi FOCUS Keyboard Folio Case for Apple iPad mini 4 - Black • Best Buy Education $60.93 1 $60.93

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