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Ms. Dietrich from Turtle Creek PA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Through STEAM Using Sphero Mini Robotic Balls

Help me give my students 5 Sphero Mini App-Enabled Robotic Balls and a carrying case to hold them.

  • $333 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

This year my students will be exposed to a variety of projects using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum. One area they will focus on will be learning how to use coding to make programs correctly perform functions.

Our school is a high-poverty, Title I school located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

My classroom contains 25 extremely diverse students, working on a variety of ability levels. It is comprised of learning support students, gifted students, as well as students working below, on, and above grade level.

My Project

Computer Science is an area that is only a minor focus within our curriculum. The students have really taken on a love of coding and many of them have become very good at it. The Sphero Mini App-Enabled Robotic Balls will be used to allow them to work in small groups on an app to control the robotic ball, using what they've learned about coding.

Computer Science is only a minor part of our curriculum.

This area is a huge part of society and jobs in the 21st century. Oftentimes students are not exposed to this until high school or even college, for those who are lucky enough to be able to attend. I want to introduce and expose my students to this area of learning in elementary school so they can broaden their knowledge of computer science.

Ms. Dietrich
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sphero Mini Blue: App-Controlled Robotic Ball, STEM Learning and Coding Toy, Ages 5 and Up • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Sphero Mini Soccer: App-Controlled Robot Ball, Stem Learning & Coding Toy, Ages 5 & Up • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Sphero Mini Orange: App-Controlled Robotic Ball, STEM Learning and Coding Toy, Ages 5 and Up • Amazon Business $45.56 1 $45.56
Sphero Mini Pink: App-Controlled Robotic Ball, STEM Learning and Coding Toy, Ages 5 and Up • Amazon Business $43.80 1 $43.80
Sphero Mini Green: App-Controlled Robotic Ball, STEM Learning and Coding Toy, Ages 5 and Up • Amazon Business $42.99 1 $42.99
Life Made Better Storage Organizer - Compatible with Sphero Mini and Accessories - Durable Carrying Case - Black • Amazon Business $16.97 1 $16.97

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