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Ms. Eckels from Boston MA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Makers Need Supplies

My students need craft supplies like colored paper, tape, glue sticks, x-acto blades, sequins, and balloons to bring creativity to their Maker Day projects.

  • $592 goal

This project expired on May 21, 2017.

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My Students

My students are 9th and 10th graders at an urban public school. We are officially a Level 4 underperforming school, which means a huge focus on academics and raising test scores. However, it's still important to incorporate fun, active, engaging ways to learn.

In my engineering class, Maker Day happens twice a week, and students are free to tinker and create whatever they can imagine.

Our school is bare-bones in many ways, and my students don't have an opportunity to take art classes. So this is their chance to let their creativity shine. Students use this time to pursue projects they are interested in, researching ideas online and drawing from the technical background they get in engineering class the other three days per week. Kids love the freedom to explore their own projects and it has led to some really interesting work.

My Project

My students have been busy creating all kinds of things this school year, like tiny googly-eyed robots that wiggle across the table, picture frames studded with flashing LEDs, boxes that lock with a push of a button using a servo motor controlled by an Arduino program. We can do a lot with materials we scavenge: cardboard boxes, plastic silverware from the cafeteria, paper towel tubes, empty water bottles. And we have been fortunate to have many electronic components donated already.

But we are constantly sharing basic tools like scissors and our one x-acto blade, and we are running out of the creative basics that bring kids' projects to life, like colored paper, pipe cleaners, glue, and tape, not to mention the extras that really make projects shine like sequins and glitter glue.

Restocking the shelves with fresh supplies will help students' imaginations go wild.

With patterned paper, craft sticks, and hot glue, two rotating shafts can become a dancing hippopotamus with a polka-dot tutu. With rhinestones, an electronically lockable box can become a treasure chest filled with jewels. With plastic cups, tape, and markers, a vibrating motor can become a self-propelled drawing machine that skits across the paper creating abstract art. With these tools and supplies, we can make anything!

Ms. Eckels
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Patterned Paper 500 Variety Pack • Nasco $64.76 1 $64.76
Westcott 8 Preferred Scissors, Bent • Nasco $8.20 5 $41.00
XACTO No. 2 Blades Pkg. of 100 • Nasco $31.00 1 $31.00
Surebonder Glue Sticks 5lb. Pkg., 4 x 716 • Nasco $28.60 1 $28.60
ALVIN Professional SelfHealing Cutting Mat 12 x 18 • Nasco $9.12 3 $27.36
Colored Masking Tape Set of 7, 34 x 60yd. Rolls • Nasco $21.20 1 $21.20
Balloon, Round, Pack of 35, 9 • Nasco $4.55 4 $18.20
Cup, Plastic, Clear, 3 oz., pk40 • Nasco $5.70 3 $17.10
Nova Supply Professional-Grade Black Electrical Tape 10 Pack. 3/4 in x 60 ft. Made of Flame Retardant, UV & Weather Resistant Vinyl. UL & CSA Certified for Industrial Uses Insulating Up to 600V. • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
1 W Masking Tape 60yd. Roll • Nasco $1.44 10 $14.40
Chenille Stems Box of 1,000 12 Long • Nasco $14.01 1 $14.01
Stanley 84-079 6-Piece Bi-Material Mini Plier Set • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Cup, Plastic, Clear, 10 oz., pk16 • Nasco $4.21 3 $12.63
Perfect Stix Concession Straight-Cut Jumbo Straw, Unwrapped, 10" Length, Clear (Pack of 500) • Amazon Business $12.48 1 $12.48
XACTO No. 2 Knife with No. 24 Blade • Nasco $3.72 3 $11.16
Elmers Washable School Glue Gallon • Nasco $10.52 1 $10.52
Elmers Classic Glitter Glue • Nasco $10.44 1 $10.44
Playscene Craft Jewels With Adhesive Back, Pack of 500 1/2 Inch Jewels ! ! ! • Amazon Business $9.75 1 $9.75
Sharpie FinePoint Markers Set of 12 • Nasco $9.72 1 $9.72
Hammermill Paper, Colors Blue, 24lb., 8.5x11, Letter, 500 Sheets / 1 Ream, (103671R), Made In The USA • Amazon Business $8.90 1 $8.90
Hammermill Paper, Colors Green, 20lb, 8.5 x 14, Legal, 500 Sheets / 1 Ream (103374), Made In The USA • Amazon Business $8.63 1 $8.63
Sharpie FinePoint Markers Black Box of 12 • Nasco $7.24 1 $7.24
Hammermill Paper, Colors Canary, 24lb., 8.5x11, Letter, 500 Sheets / 1 Ream, (104307R), Made In The USA • Amazon Business $7.14 1 $7.14
Simply Art Wood Jumbo Craft Sticks 300 ct. • Amazon Business $6.32 1 $6.32
BULK CRAFT CUP SEQUINS MIXED COLORS and SIZES ~ Great Big Pack ~ Over 5,000 sequins • Amazon Business $5.97 1 $5.97
Colored Plates Pkg. of 36, 9 dia. • Nasco $5.68 1 $5.68

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