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Mrs. Camano from Chester PA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Making Science Attracting: A STEM-Based Study of Magnetism

My students need different types of magnets for a fun-filled STEM-based unit on magnetism. They also need a class set of owl pellets for hands-on learning about living organisms and food chains.

  • $299 goal

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My Students

My 4th grade students have hopes and dreams that we work hard to achieve every day. We do our best to use the resources provided for us, but they are outdated and few in number.

When I stand in front of my 4th grade inner-city classroom, I see a beautiful group of high-energy students who want to achieve but who do not have access to the same learning tools as their counterparts in surrounding school districts.

I want them to have the same opportunities to thrive and grow as other children in their grade level.

My Project

It can be challenging to engage inner-city children in caring about science. However, I have found that the more hands-on STEM activities I can offer, the more exciting it is to learn about science!

Imagine that, rather than just reading a boring textbook about magnetism, you are instead able to explore the properties of magnetism by experimenting with iron filings, brainstorming about ring magnets, working with a partner to create a wand magnet learning activity, or demonstrating your new knowledge using bar magnets!

Or how about being able to actually dissect an owl pellet to examine what it ate, and then reconstruct the skeleton? Doesn't that seem like a more fun and engaging way to learn about carnivores, food chains, and body systems, instead of just listening to the teacher talk about it?

The activities I have planned for these two units of study will engage my students, make them excited to explore science, and hopefully help them to expand their scientific knowledge of the world around them.

Mrs. Camano
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Perfect Pellets - Pkg. of 30 • Nasco $109.95 1 $109.95
Alnico I Bar Magnets - Size 14 x 12 x 2-12 • Nasco $8.95 4 $35.80
Dowling Ceramic Magnets Classroom Pack - Ring - Size 1-18 28 mm Diameter • Nasco $7.45 3 $22.35
Dowling Magnetic Wand Classroom Pack • Nasco $16.65 1 $16.65
Iron Filings Set • Nasco $11.75 1 $11.75
Dowling Ceramic Magnets Classroom Pack - Block - Size 14 x 34 6 x 19 mm • Nasco $3.95 1 $3.95

Materials cost

$200.45

Vendor shipping charges

$20.04

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.01

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$253.50

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$44.74

Total project goal

$298.24

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$298.24

2 Donors

-$149.12

Donations toward project cost

-$126.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$22.37

match offer

-$149.12

Match offer toward project cost

-$126.75

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$22.37

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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