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Mrs. Weiss
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 9 donors
  • $0 still needed

Make a Scientific Hypothesis with STEM Science

My students need to build marble roller coasters, rocket straw launchers, marble mazes and other hands-on science materials to make scientific hypothesis and test and retest them.

My Students

My students are a great rainbow of diversity! We have students that walk to school and students with military families. Most students receive free and reduced lunch. Many students have been attending our school since transitional Kindergarten and students who have just arrived from an array of other countries such as Russian, Ukraine, and Sudan. Our educational needs are high. Over 30% of my students are on individualized education plans such as learning disabilities, autism, or students with behavioral support plans. We also have section 8 housing that helps parents with more affordable rent. This diversity of cultures, races, and income add to the uniqueness that our school has to offer. This year, each grade level is starting a once a week, 90-minute STEM-focused science lab. We will have access to work in the library and our classrooms.

My Project

I am requesting hands-on science materials such as dominoes, rollercoaster marble sets, legos, to build our own potato alarm clock, white board clocks, hurricane makers, straw rockets, snap circuits lights electronics discovery kit, mini rail rollercoaster, wooden car kit, erupting volcano model, shave gel, liquid measurement set, science education games catapult toy, bottle launcher, tin can robot, weather center, weather tracker set, tornado lab, magnetic clips, kids binoculars, chick life cycle exploration set, green energy science kit, clean water science kit, paper airplanes kit, electronics discovery kit, and sterlite storage containers.

Every week in science lab my 3rd and 4th grade students will access hands-on exploratory science.

Imagine building a rollercoaster marble run and investigating why the marble doesn't drop out of the tracks, finding out about inertia is like a discovery! Compare this to reading four pages about how inertia works and answering a worksheet. Designing and building a roller coaster then designing and building again and testing theories is motivational and mindblowing for a child. That is real success. These types of hands-on activities will carry conversations across recess and lunch. This is hands-on learning and inquiry to make learning happen at a high retaining level.

Students should be out of books and worksheets during science. I want them getting their hands-on projects, ideas, and collaboration brain going with other students. My students should be groaning when the recess bell rings because they want to stay in and add to their experiments. Students take ownership of their learning when they come up with an idea, not finding out from a book. That's the real spark of learning!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pitsco Straw Rockets - Getting Started Package (For 30 Students) • Amazon Business $199.00 1 $199.00
Marble Genius Marble Run Super Set - 85 Translucent Marbulous Pieces + 15 Glass Marbles • Amazon Business $39.99 4 $159.96
Elenco SCL-175B Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit • Amazon Business $57.99 2 $115.98
Quercetti Skyrail Mini Rail Rollercoaster - 150 Pc Marble Run with 26 Feet of Track - Building Fun Incorporates Principles of Physics (Made in Italy) • Amazon Business $54.99 2 $109.98
Erupting Volcano Model • AKJ Education $39.99 2 $79.98
Domino Rally Ultimate Adventure - STEM-based Domino Set for Kids • Amazon Business $34.99 2 $69.98
Liquid Measurement Set • AKJ Education $34.99 2 $69.98
Science Education Games Catapult Toy - For Boys Girls Children Kids Adults Family Fun Scientific Physics Learning Desktop Tabletop Medieval History Trebuchet Home Shooting Game by Perfect Life Ideas • Amazon Business $12.97 5 $64.85
Aquapod Bottle Launcher - Launch 2 Liter Bottles Up to 100 ft in the Air • Amazon Business $30.00 2 $60.00
LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696 • Amazon Business $27.99 2 $55.98
Sterilite 17551706 32 Quart/30 Liter ClearView Latch Box, Clear with Sweet Plum Latches, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Sterilite 19889804 70 Quart/66 Liter Ultra Latch Box, Clear with a White Lid and Black Latches, 4-Pack • Amazon Business $48.65 1 $48.65
Sterilite 19859806, 30 Quart/28 Liter Ultra Latch Box, Clear with a White Lid and Black Latches, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $47.43 1 $47.43
Weather Center • AKJ Education $45.99 1 $45.99
Learning Resources Super Strong Magnetic Clips • Amazon Business $11.41 4 $45.64
High-Resolution Kids Binoculars Set 8x21 - Bird Watching - Educational Learning - Birthday Gift- Hunting - Outdoor Camp - ( Rubber Shock Proof and Prism Coating ) Grass Green • Amazon Business $38.00 1 $38.00
Learning Resources Write & Wipe Demonstration Clock • Amazon Business $5.99 6 $35.94
Weather Tracker • AKJ Education $34.99 1 $34.99
Chick Life Cycle Exploration Set • AKJ Education $34.99 1 $34.99
4M Green Energy Science Kit • Amazon Business $17.07 2 $34.14
Fold N Fly Paper Airplanes Kit • Amazon Business $6.43 5 $32.15
Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Discovery Kids Extreme Weather Tornado Lab • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel, Ultra Sensitive, 7 Ounce (Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $17.94 1 $17.94
Tornado Maker (Package of 12) • Amazon Business $13.44 1 $13.44
Made By Me Build & Paint Your Own Wooden Cars by Horizon Group USA • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
4M Clean Water Science • Amazon Business $11.53 1 $11.53
4M Tin Can Robot • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00

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This project will reach 25 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by Craig Newmark Philanthropies and 8 other donors.

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