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Mrs. Chamberlain from Coralville IA is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mini Makerspace for the Library

My students need STEM related building and learning materials as well as arts and craft supplies to encourage critical thinking, collaboration and creativity!

  • $859 goal

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My Students

"Creativity is intelligence having fun." --Albert Einstein. In today's world, it is often difficult to foster creativity in students due to educational restraints, demands, and funding. Makerspaces provide a space where students can explore their creativity, think critically and collaborate.

Our PreK-6th grade students come from a variety of different racial and ethnic groups, there is one common thread that seems to run through the majority of the student population.

More than 70% of students at our school qualify for free and reduced price lunch putting them at or below the poverty line. Children in poverty often have limited access to STEM related materials as well as arts and crafts supplies that help to foster strong 21st Century skills such as creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. In the library we have the unique opportunity to see every student at least once a week. We are already working to provide technological opportunities for our students that they may not have at home and we hope to expand on that with this mini makerspace by opening up the doors to even more possibilities to tinker and create through hands on learning.

My Project

While in the Makerspace students will be fostering their creativity to create, design and explore. Students will learn problem solving, collaboration and engineering skills through the use of various building materials include LEGOs, K'nex, Magformers and Goldiblocks kits. They will use STEM inspired games like Gravity Maze and Suspend to have fun while also expanding their critical thinking skills. Snap Circuit kits will provide students with the opportunity to create circuit boards and understand how these boards work household items like TVs and radios. Origami books & supplies along with beads, washi tape, stickers, stamps, funky scissors and craft paper will give students the opportunity to explore their creativity through creation.

They will learn about basic engineering and design concepts that will foster creativity and create a spark for learning.

The library is the core of the school. It is a place that students can come to read, research, collaborate, and build on ideas. A Makerspace will allow students to do all these things while building on their 21st Century learning skills.

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

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This project will reach 350 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Honey-Can-Do CRT-01683 12 Drawer Chrome Studio Organizer Cart • Amazon Business $79.99 1 $79.99
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box • Amazon Business $56.99 1 $56.99
Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit • Amazon Business $42.75 1 $42.75
Magformers XL Cruisers Car Set (Colors may vary) • Amazon Business $42.59 1 $42.59
K'nex 70 Model Building Set, 13419, 705 piece • Amazon Business $34.49 1 $34.49
Magformers Inspire 30 piece set • Amazon Business $34.14 1 $34.14
Magformers Rainbow 30 Piece Set • Amazon Business $33.98 1 $33.98
LEGO Education Small Building Plates Set 4646267 (22 Pieces) • Amazon Business $31.88 1 $31.88
Gravity Maze • Amazon Business $23.74 1 $23.74
GoldieBlox and The Spinning Machine • Amazon Business $20.29 1 $20.29
Lego Tips, Tricks and Building Techniques: The Big Unofficial Lego Builders Book • Amazon Business $20.10 1 $20.10
Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit • Amazon Business $19.25 1 $19.25
One Bag of 1 Lb Darice Pony Beads 9mm Pearlized Multi • Amazon Business $8.90 2 $17.80
GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank • Amazon Business $16.25 1 $16.25
Colorful Washi Masking Tape (Set of 10 Rolls) - Wide Japanese Decorative Paper Tape with Geometric Pattern Designs, Cute Colored Collection From DIY Crew • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
LEGO Awesome Ideas • Amazon Business $15.43 1 $15.43
Melissa & Doug Suspend • Amazon Business $14.82 1 $14.82
The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination • Amazon Business $14.07 1 $14.07
LEGO Play Book: Ideas to Bring Your Bricks to Life • Amazon Business $14.07 1 $14.07
100 pc bulk wholesale lot - assorted stampers • Amazon Business $13.22 1 $13.22
mDesign Desk and Office Supplies Organizer Caddy, Storage for Arts, Crafts, Pencils, Pens - Gray • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries (48-Pack) • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
BEADNOVA 1mm Elastic Stretch Polyester Jewelry Bracelet Crystal String Cord 60m Roll (Clear White) • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
Rainbow Super Value Construction Paper, 9 x 12 Inches, Assorted Colors, 500 Count (6555) • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Fun Express Assorted Iridescent 1200 Stickers • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.... • Amazon Business $9.57 1 $9.57
Origami Paper, 1000 sheets, 2 3/4 inches square ( 7 by 7 cm, or about 2 3/4 inches by 2 3/4 inches ) • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
School Smart Paper Edger Scissors - Set of 6 - Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.09 1 $6.09
Easy Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft)over 30 simple projects • Amazon Business $2.37 1 $2.37

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