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Mrs. Francis from Elkton VA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Morning STEM Centers for Big Kids

Help me give my students creative STEM tools to start our mornings in a calm and creative atmosphere.

  • $239 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach fourth grade in a small, rural town in the beautiful state of Virginia. My students are creative, endearing, and love to learn with their hands. Their faces light up with excitement when a lesson encourages activity and innovation.

Fourth grade isn't what it used to be.

Our students are active and involved in many hands on and engaging activities. No more paper pencil worksheets and traditional assignments for these kiddos! Our county embraces technology and our students are reaping the benefits of using digital devices daily. Even with all this hustle and bustle our students need more opportunity for STEM exploration.

My Project

My students love to use their hands to build, pretend, and play. I want to take advantage of their interests in building to make morning work more meaningful and creative.

Engaging centers aren't just for little kids- older students love to build, too!

My students would benefit from daily exposure to some classic and new STEM products such as LEGO bricks, magnetic tiles, building blocks, and wooden planks to get their creative juices flowing in the morning. No more boring paper pencil activities before the day begins! I want my students to wake up and relax as they tinker with engineering toys.

These STEM related items will create a relaxing atmosphere in the mornings. These "soft starts" will allow time for students to be creative while they collaborate and communicate with each other.

Additionally, these STEM items will be used for early finishers and for specific STEM tasks. To enhance our curriculum, students can build objects and ideas from our current units of study such as the Jamestown fort, weather tools, and geometric shapes.

I'm confident that these items will be well received, used, and enjoyed with my fourth graders. I would love to foster their creativity and engineering skills with these fun building tools!

Mrs. Francis
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Brain Blox Wooden Building Blocks for Kids - Building Planks Set, STEM Toy for Boys and Girls (200 Pieces) • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
VIAHART Brain Flakes 500 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set | A Creative and Educational Alternative to Building Blocks | Tested for Children's Safety | A Great STEM Toy for Both Boys and Girls! • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696 • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Star Flex Creative Connecting Construction Kit for Kids by Skoolzy - STEM Manipluative Brain Building Toy Montessori Games Preschool Kindergarten • Amazon Business $22.41 1 $22.41
DreambuilderToy Magnetic Tiles Building Blocks Toys (40 PCS) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
EMIDO 480 Pcs Building Toy Building Blocks Bars Different Shape Educational Construction Engineering Set 3D Puzzle , Interlocking Creative Connecting Kit, A Great STEM Toy for Both Boys and Girls! • Amazon Business $17.55 1 $17.55
EMIDO Building Blocks Kids Educational Toys STEM Toys Building Discs Sets Interlocking Solid Plastic for Preschool Kids Boys and Girls, Safe Material for Kids - 120 pieces with Storage Bag • Amazon Business $14.66 1 $14.66

Materials cost

$170.53

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.56

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$203.09

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$35.84

Total project goal

$238.93

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$238.93

4 Donors

-$197.20

Donations toward project cost

-$167.62

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$29.58

match offer

-$41.73

Match offer toward project cost

-$35.47

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$6.26

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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