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  • $924 goal

This project expired on June 15, 2015.

Mrs. Ray
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

Materials to Magnify Makerspaces

My students need Legos, Tinker Toys, Snap Circuit kits, and K'Nex manipulatives to complete quests in makerspaces by putting their imagination and creativity to work!

My Students

The media center is being transformed to a hub of creativity and collaboration. Students are encouraged to bring their imaginations to life, but lack the materials to create their dreams past paper and pencil. I would love for my K-5 students to have materials for educational play in our makerspace.

My school is a rural school in a high poverty area.

Many students rely on school breakfast and lunch to meet their nutritional needs for the day. Our students' families rarely have the financial means to purchase the foundational educational toys for students to play with at home. I frequently find that my boys and girls have no experience with Legos, Tinker Toys, and the like, therefore having little prior knowledge about engineering, construction, and problem solving. Our diverse student population needs Legos, Tinker Toys, Snap Circuit kits, and K'Nex to engage in collaborative quests to solve problems in makerspaces in the media center.

My Project

Makerspaces are a new phenomenon with a tried-and-true concept in education, play. Using the life skills learning through collaborative and educational play, students will become critical thinkers solving complex problems. In makerspaces, students are given a lot of materials and a little bit of structure to solve a given problem, make their imagination come to life, and to work collaboratively. I have the space, and my students have the wonderfully creative imaginations with innovative ideas; we just need the materials; Legos, Tinker Toys, Snap Circuit kits, and K'Nex. Students will learn about electrical circuits, the foundational skills of engineering properly designed structures, forces and motion, simple machines, gravity, community, and truly stretching their minds using the Makey Makey kit in which they invent new pieces of technology. These materials span the grades from Kindergarten to 5th grade.

The donations to this project will purchase manipulatives and kits to be used in makerspaces in the media center of our rural, high-poverty school.

Students will creatively solve problems and work together to make their dreams come to fruition. I can't wait to see the students' eyes light up when they see the new materials that will come to our media center. Many of them have never experienced fun like this before! Imagine Christmas morning for 300 students; that's my desire for my students.

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This project expired on June 15, 2015.

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO Education Community Starter Set 4646265 (1,907 Pieces) • Amazon $199.95 1 $199.95
K'NEX Education - Forces, Energy & Motion • Amazon $115.29 1 $115.29
Snap Circuits SC-300 • Amazon $45.49 2 $90.98
Marbulous Marble Run 202 Pieces + Bonus 50 Marbles Total of 252 Pieces • Amazon $69.95 1 $69.95
Elenco Electronic Snap Circuits, Jr. Kit • Amazon $25.00 2 $50.00
Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone • Amazon $49.99 1 $49.99
K'NEX Education Simple and Compound Machines • Amazon $47.99 1 $47.99
Tinkertoy 30 Model, 200 Piece, Super Building Set • Amazon $37.91 1 $37.91
Gravity Maze • Amazon $28.74 1 $28.74

Materials cost

$690.80

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$53.88

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.36

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$785.04

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$138.54

Total project goal

$923.58

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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This project will reach 288 students.

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