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Dr. Lewis from Channelview TX is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Mission to Mars! Financial Literacy STEM Project

Help me give my students STEM supplies for our Financial Literacy Mission to Mars experience!

  • $597 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a teacher and the K-5 Math Leader in a Title I elementary school, I often times notice that our students are not exposed to science outside of the classroom. Over seventy percent of our campus receives free or reduced-price lunch and often times, we have students who are not capable of even having their parents supply their own school supplies.

Our school is located in an area that was hit and affected by Hurricane Harvey, but our students are actively coming to school eager to learn.

In my classroom, I work hard to ensure a safe, secure and comfortable environment for learning and seek ways to make learning innovative. We have created a culture on our campus where our students actually look forward to the bus pulling up at their houses in the morning to bring them to school.

These kids will take advantage of any learning opportunity that is brought their way. Our motto at our campus is Reach for the Stars and our students do their best to reach beyond them.

My Project

ALL ABOARD THE SPACECRAFT TO MARS! Our 3rd – 5th graders would like to do a STEM Financial Literacy project where they have to earn money, make purchases and be able to use the supplies they purchase to conduct Mission to Mars Inquiry-based STEM Challenges!

This project will motivate our students to learn more about Mars, utilize their financial literacy skills and make real world connections.

Students will be able to add to their bank accounts a daily salary for attendance. Students earn extra money for class participation, making wise choices, and doing their best on work. Students can also earn stipends from their bus drivers, and cafeteria workers for good behavior.

Students can lose money for not meeting classroom expectations. We need the supplies in this grant to purchase the Mission to Mars STEM Challenge supplies. These supplies will be used by the students to complete building a balloon rocket, a spaghetti rover, a cd hover, a parachute, and a solar oven!

In order for students to complete a STEM challenge, they must first earn enough money to purchase from our Space Station the supplies for the activity. If students mess up while conducting an activity they will have to repurchase the supplies they need.

Each student will be eligible to take out one loan but they must be able to calculate their interest and pay the loan back.

The pasta will be used for the pasta rovers. The balloons, CDs, and hot glue will be used for the hover craft. The different paper filters and string will be used for the parachute. The binding material will be used in all of the projects.

Dr. Lewis
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Scotch Thermal Laminator Combo Pack Holds Sheets Up To 8.5" x 11(TL902A) 110 Piece Assorted Pouch Sizes & Scotch Brand Luggage Tags • Amazon Business $69.98 1 $69.98
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack • Amazon Business $12.49 3 $37.47
Barilla Pasta, Spaghetti, 160 Ounce • Amazon Business $26.54 1 $26.54
(2) Two-Way Hand Air Pumps for Exercise Balls, Balloons, Yoga Balls, Pool Floats, Balloon Pumps- Inflate 2X as Fast! • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
Etmact 100pcs 260Q Rainbow Colored Vibrant Latex Balloons with Balloon Pump, Thickening Latex Twisting Modeling Strip Shape Balloon Magic Balloon Animals for Wedding, Birthday Party Decor, Children Ki • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
AmazonBasics Washable School Glue, 5 oz. Bottle, Clear, 12-Pack • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, 8.9 x 11.4-Inches, 5 mil thick, 100-Pack (TP5854-100),Clear • Amazon Business $19.29 1 $19.29
Barilla Pasta, Rotini, 16 Ounce (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $16.68 1 $16.68
Barilla Pasta, Veggie Rotini, 12 Ounce (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $16.68 1 $16.68
Verbatim CD-R 700MB 80 Minute 52x Recordable Disc - 100 Pack Spindle (FFP) - 97458 • Amazon Business $16.67 1 $16.67
AmazonBasics No. 1 Paper Clips, Nonskid, 100 per Box, 10-Pack • Amazon Business $4.14 4 $16.56
Gorilla 8401515 Hot Glue Gun and Sticks, 75 ct • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49
Solo 3-Ounce Plastic Bathroom Cups, 150-Count Package (150) • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Office Zebra's Binder Clips (Small (1") 144 Clips) • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Whitmor Natural Wood Clothespins, S/100 • Amazon Business $6.95 2 $13.90
ALINK Assorted Bright Colors Jumbo Smoothie Straws, Pack of 100 Pieces • Amazon Business $6.89 2 $13.78
Lichamp Masking Tape 10 Pack General Purpose Beige White Color, 0.75 inch x 55 Yards x 10 Rolls (550 Total Yards), for Painting, Home, Office, School Stationery, Arts, Crafts etc. (3004) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Barilla Pronto Pasta, Penne, 12 Ounce (Pack of 8) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
OGI Ultra Transparent Tape Clear Tape 18 mm 3/4 inches Tape Refill for Office, Home, School (18 Rolls Clear) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Melitta 600 Coffee Filters, Basket, Pack of 600, 8-12 Cups White • Amazon Business $10.23 1 $10.23
RUNCL PowerFluoro Fishing Line, 100% Fluorocarbon Coated Fishing Line, Hybrid Line - Virtually Invisible, Faster Sinking, Low Stretch, Extra Sensitivity, Abrasion Resistance (300Yds, 12LB(5.4kgs)) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Darice 100-Piece Premium Quality Tissue Gift Wrapping Paper Crafts, Packing and More, 20 x 26 inches (100 Sheets), Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $9.43 1 $9.43
Clipco Binder Clips Mini 3/4-Inch Black (144-Pack) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
De Cecco Pasta Rotelle No.54, 16 oz • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Masking Tape (Huge Pack of 6) Each Roll is ¾" x 33 Yards - Approved for Interior or Exterior Use - Easy to Write On - Perfect for All Paint Projects - Industrial or Household Use • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Amazon Brand - Solimo Sandwich Storage Bags, 300 Count • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Embroidery Floss 54 skeins Crossstitch Floss - Crafts Floss - Bracelets String - Crafts Floss - 50Pcs Premium Rainbow Color Embroidery Thread and Free Set of 4pcs Metallic Floss LE PAON • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
Norpro Cotton Twine • Amazon Business $3.43 1 $3.43

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