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Mrs. Sharma from Santa Fe NM is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Microbits for Future Programmers!

Help me give my students individual Microbit Kits to continue hands on learning as we practice social distancing.

  • $998 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My students are middle school students embarking on their first STEM Career Exploration course. They are enrolled in a Gateway to Technology course. They will be exploring a Computer Science and an Engineering Modules. Our school is a PLTW (Project Lead The Way) school. PLTW is an Activity Project-Based curriculum that will allow my students to explore various STEM career pathways, by working on projects.

Help my middle school explorers see and learn about this career pathway through hands-on projects and explore the vast opportunities STEM careers offer.

I am worried that the pandemic will rob my students of the opportunity to explore careers in Computer Science and Engineering. I hope to continue igniting the spark I saw in their eyes when they learned about these courses being offered at our school. The resources I currently have are not conducive to individual use.

My Project

Our school is embarking on a new journey, bringing Career Exploration courses to all our Middle School students. We have spent a year planning, training, and securing equipment and materials to begin our Engineering and Computer Science Pathway courses. Unfortunately, the pandemic has created multiple hurdles in the way of our students being able to work collaboratively on projects based learning activities. As I am looking for alternatives to keep students engaged in hands-on activities, individual kits, seem to be the way to go for now.

The Microbit Starter kits will enable my students to work on hands-on projects, learning programming skills using the Makecode software, and various sensors.

As all the students will have the same kit, they can still collaborate virtually, or in small groups (when permissible), to brainstorm and problem solve. Having 1:1 kits available will allow my students to work in a safe and healthy environment, and still have the advantage of learning through doing.

I hope to keep my students engaged and curious through this difficult virtual learning experience. As students crave to work on projects, these kits will either be sent home, if we do not return to school in the Fall or will be used to practice safe, social distancing learning in a classroom environment.

The Microbit Kit will allow my middle school students to explore various sensors - pressure, photo, accelrometer, as well as buzzers and LEDs. Please support our Budding Programmers!

Mrs. Sharma
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
micro:bit club 10 Pack Retail Bundle Box • AKJ Education $159.95 5 $799.75

Materials cost

$799.75

Vendor shipping charges

$6.00

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$12.00

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$847.75

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$149.60

Total project goal

$997.35

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$997.35

2 Donors

-$498.68

Donations toward project cost

-$423.88

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$74.80

match offer

-$498.67

Match offer toward project cost

-$423.87

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$74.80

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$0.00

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