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Mr. Singer from San Rafael CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Robotics Without Frustration

Help me give my students a class set of Hummingbird micro:bit robotics adapters to remove the needless frustration from learning to build their first robots.

  • $702 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our Maker Tech Lab is constantly filled with excited students ready to create and make, from first bell through lunch, to long after school gets out. The spark of invention burns most brightly when their ideas can take physical form quickly. I am constantly astonished by what these young engineers, given access to a space with precise tools, can envision and create.

Our hundreds of eager Makers form an incredible mix of backgrounds, with about sixty percent Latino and about the same from socioeconomically disadvantaged families.

Being in the middle of Marin county, there is a middle-class and affluent population as well, making for a truly diverse student body. Our young engineers bring a set of curiosities and concerns as diverse as their backgrounds, from worrying about their family's energy bill to wanting to know how the solar panels on their roof works. Students in the Maker Technology, Exploring Maker Technology and Maker Club programs are given the opportunity to build and create to address real-world problems. This makes what they do at school relevant and does not end up feeling much like work.

My Project

Imagine being an excited 6th grader building your first robot. You've come up with a clever concept, built an awesome body, wired everything up properly, and programmed it to behave the way you envisioned. And yet it doesn't work; not because you've done anything wrong, but because of connection bugs in the device your teacher supplied you. You try restarting your computer. You try logging into another computer and trying again, but it still disconnects. As you continue to work the problem, your frustration grows and your enthusiasm wanes. The fact your teacher assures you it is not your fault doesn't bring you back to that excited place you were in.

Students grow from struggling to make their ideas come to life, not struggling to make an electronic device work the way it is supposed to.

Enter the micro:bit, a simple and bug-free robotics adapter that will free our young engineers to focus on iterating their own creations. These Hummingbird micro:bit adapters will free our students up to develop and problem-solve their own work, shortening the path to awesome!

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Mr. Singer
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 200 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
micro:bit Adapter (Hummingbird Duo) - Hummingbird micro:bit Adapter • Birdbrain Technologies $13.46 38 $511.48

Materials cost

$511.48

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$46.80

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.67

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$595.95

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$105.17

Total project goal

$701.12

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$701.12

3 Donors

-$664.06

Donations toward project cost

-$595.95

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$68.11

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$37.06

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$0.00

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