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Ms. Lee from Oakley CA is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Living in the Present With STEM, Technology and Mindfulness

Help me give my students an iPad mini, Osmo kits, STEM activities, and mindfulness resources to deal with anxiety, ADHD, learning disabilities, and grief.

  • $1,180 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I am a teacher of 28 years, but moved down from fifth to third grade. I have been overjoyed to work with this caring, loving, and enthusiastic group of students. Their backgrounds and abilities vary widely. We are a K-8 school where community is taught and instilled in all grade levels.

Third graders possess a magical fascination with all possibilities, and they are eager to succeed and take chances.

My students have the natural love of learning about the world, sharing ideas, and gathering knowledge. Over half of my students are performing below grade level, and struggle with ADD, ADHD, grief, and learning disabilities. Many come to school with worries and anxiety, and many struggle to fit in. The classroom is where they come to embrace learning. I want all my students to feel welcome and accepted in our classroom.

My Project

Using these innovative materials, I plan to incorporate children's love of STEM, coding, character building, and project-based learning into the curriculum. Students will use iPads to build on knowledge and reinforce new concepts in all curricular areas. They will be able to connect with their learning experiences in ways that are not possible with textbooks or lectures. Daily use of iPads will allow more students to grasp new concepts with numerous free programs that teach each student at their level.

The curriculum and many of my lessons will be enriched and enhanced by programs and tools only available through these engaging and tactile resources.

The iPads are also needed to use Osmo Coding, Genius, and Mind Racers. The coding kits are perfect for problem-solving, logic, collaboration, and project design. Using Osmo as a learning station, students will increase creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills as they work together towards an outcome. We will begin coding with small groups, and as students become more skilled, they will work in teams for more advanced challenges.

Even reluctant learners come alive when we are doing STEM or science activities. I currently purchase all STEM and NGSS science materials with my own money. K'NEX Education STEM, magnetic building blocks, and gravity maze will provide a constant source of challenging STEM activities, allowing students to create and design.

Many of my students suffer from anxiety, grief, ADHD, learning disabilities, and a stressful home life. The books and mindfulness activities will help us get centered, be still, and know we are enough. We create space each day for mindfulness and compassion for others. The fidget objects and playfoam will be added to our tactile box. Taking control of their anxiety or ADHD with manipulatives gives kids a chance to be successful and more focused in school.

Ms. Lee
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Apple iPad mini 4 128GB Wi-Fi 7.9-Inch Tablet - Gold • Amazon Business $361.94 1 $361.94
Osmo Genius Kit • Amazon Business $99.99 1 $99.99
Osmo Hot Wheels MindRacers Kit (iPad base included) • Amazon Business $79.98 1 $79.98
KNEX Education Makers Kit, Large • Carolina Biological Supply Company $71.99 1 $71.99
Osmo Coding Awbie Game (Base Required) • Amazon Business $48.97 1 $48.97
WITKA 99 Pieces Magnetic Building Blocks Toy Brain Training STEM Toys Intelligence Learning Games Set Gift Kids • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
Osmo iPad Base • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Think Fun Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Toy of the Year Award Winner • Amazon Business $26.49 1 $26.49
Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens • Amazon Business $14.32 1 $14.32
LEDNICEKER Kids Case for iPad Mini 1 2 3 4 5 - Light Weight Shock Proof Handle Friendly Convertible Stand Kids Case for iPad Mini, Mini 5, Mini 4,iPad Mini 3rd Generation, Mini 2 Tablet- Green • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy • Amazon Business $10.64 1 $10.64
Be Where Your Feet Are! • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
5-Pack of Stretchy String Fidget / Sensory Toys (BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free) - Stretches from 10 Inches to 8 Feet! • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Fidget Dodecagon –12-Side Fidget Cube Relieves Stress and Anxiety Anti depression cube for Children and Adults with ADHD ADD OCD Autism (B3 Blue sky) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Helect H1037 Fidget Cube Toy Relieves Stress and Anxiety • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Infinity Cube Fidget Toy - Pressure Reduction Anxiety Relief Toy Killing Time for ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism Adult and Children (Colorful) • Amazon Business $8.90 1 $8.90
Educational Insights Playfoam Combo 8-Pack: Never Dries Out! • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
The Jelly Donut Difference: Sharing Kindness with the World • Amazon Business $6.71 1 $6.71
Fidget Dice Anti-anxiety and Depression Cube for Children and Adults - Black Yellow 12 Side • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69

Materials cost

$872.58

Vendor shipping charges

$7.20

State sales tax

$79.84

3rd party payment processing fee

$13.09

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,002.71

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$176.95

Total project goal

$1,179.66

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,179.66

33 Donors

-$1,175.95

Donations toward project cost

-$1,001.87

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$174.08

match offer

-$1.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$0.85

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.15

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$2.72

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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