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Ms. Dempsey from Revere MA is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

LEGO Chemistry

My students need a LEGO classroom kit to learn about atoms, molecules, compounds, and chemical reactions.

  • $513 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” One of my favorite quotes about education, which is attributed to Benjamin Franklin, emphasizes the importance of hands-on, interactive learning, which is especially important when teaching chemistry in middle school.

My 6th graders are a diverse group of learners, some of whom come from as far away as El Salvador and Bangladesh.

Many of them do not speak English as their first language and 80.2% of my students receive free or reduced price lunch. As you can imagine, science can be a challenging subject for them, especially when it comes to learning abstract concepts, such as chemistry. I have found that it is particularly difficult to teach atoms, molecules, compounds, and chemical reactions, such as photosynthesis and cellular respiration, to my students without manipulative materials that allow them to visualize these concepts. Luckily, I found a fantastic classroom kit created by MIT that uses LEGO blocks as manipulative materials to teach middle school chemistry through a variety of lessons. This kit will truly transform my students’ understanding of chemistry and will make learning about atoms, molecules, compounds, and chemical reactions infinitely more engaging, exciting, and effective.

My Project

My 6th graders will use these LEGO kits to navigate a variety of lab activities designed to teach them about atoms, molecules, compounds, and chemical reactions. These LEGO kits will enable my students to gain the necessary conceptual knowledge to build a strong foundation in chemistry.

Your donation to my classroom will enable my students to learn difficult chemistry concepts for the first time.

My experience as a teacher has demonstrated that these concepts remain inaccessible to students with limited English skills and background knowledge unless they are provided with multiple opportunities to engage with abstract concepts in concrete ways. This LEGO classroom kit will assist many 6th graders in learning foundational chemistry concepts for years to come in Revere!

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Ms. Dempsey
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 180 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Agile Atoms Molecule Set • MIT Edgerton Center $400.00 1 $400.00

Materials cost

$400.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.00

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$436.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$76.94

Total project goal

$512.94

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$512.94

1 Donor

-$436.00

Donations toward project cost

-$436.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$76.94

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$0.00

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