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Ms. Matsuda from Kapaau HI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

LEGOs for my Firsties

Help me give my students LEGOs to develop and foster their creativity in engineering, problem solving and STEM!

  • $403 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My students are growing up in a very small, tight-knit community. They are rich in love and support but not so rich in resources to match that love and support. After coming from a place where more resources are readily available, I'd like for these students to have the same opportunities. We are a title 1 school where about 75% of our students receive free or reduced lunch.

I have a first grade class of 16 students.

Lucky me! With a small amount of students, I am able to get to know all of them! They are so happy to come to school every day, ready to learn and full of hugs to give! I see them being PONO (kind) to one another. I also have students with lots of energy! Energy that can be put to being creative!

My Project

For the first month of school, I had my first graders creating with PlayDoh. I gave them challenges such as: create a house, a game, a maze, etc. Through PlayDoh, students were strengthening their fine motor skills as well as problem solving and creativity. I can't do PlayDoh all year long and it's time to change it up. I taught a summer school program that focused around building with LEGOs.

As we all know, most available jobs currently and in the future have a lot to do with engineering and creativity.

I want to get these keiki headed in the right direction AND EARLY! I would like to do challenges such as who can build the tallest tower, create a maze, build a bridge that can hold 5 pounds, etc. Please help me make this possible for our kids!

Ms. Matsuda
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 Build Your Own Creative Toys, Kids Building Kit (790 Pieces) • Amazon Business $47.99 2 $95.98
LEGO Education Small Building Plates Set • Amazon Business $44.95 2 $89.90
LEGO Classic 10717 Bricks Bricks Bricks 1500 Piece Set - Encourages Creativity in all Ages - Ideal for Creators of all Ages - Brick Separator Included • Amazon Business $65.79 1 $65.79
IRIS USA, Inc. 150815 IRIS 6-Case Scrapbook Cart, Black, White • Amazon Business $43.06 1 $43.06

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