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Mr. Velasco from Escondido CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Motivational STEM Projects

Help me give my students the materials they need for a bottle rocket and mousetrap car STEM projects.

  • $673 goal

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My Students

My students come from lower income families, yet they have big dreams and want to achieve great things. They are highly motivated by hands-on curriculum, project-based learning, and inquiry labs. My students participate in STEM competitions, science fairs, and the LEGO robotics club.

These middle school students are naturally inquisitive about how the world works and work hard to find solutions to problems.

To sustain their interest and motivation, I would like to offer students different STEM-related educational challenges .

My Project

My students are highly motivated for short periods of time, but need to develop the stamina to delve deeper and complete learning objectives. At times, it seems that some students' negative behavior receives most of the attention. I want to change this dynamic so that positive behavior becomes the main focus.

STEM-related projects (such as mousetrap cars, bottle rockets, chemical reactions, and much more) will inspire students to strive for success and will give them an additional opportunity to engage with science, engineering, math, and technology materials in a fun way.

Research has shown that engaging projects increase student motivation for academic success. these STEM-related projects will serve to ignite curiosity and enhance their knowledge in the curriculum and interest in science.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TK23717616T Snap-In V0.305-321-14 InPK10 • Grainger $10.92 5 $54.60
Expo Low Odor Fine Tip Dry-Erase Markers, Assorted, 8/pk (86601) • Staples Advantage $5.93 8 $47.44
Carolina Chemonstrations: Carbon Snake Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $40.45 1 $40.45
Staples Tape Dispenser, 1" Core, Black • Staples Advantage $4.59 8 $36.72
Carolina Chemonstrations: Luminol Light-Up Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $33.84 1 $33.84
Luminol Demo Chemistry Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $33.30 1 $33.30
TK23717617T White Sealant Silicone 2.8 oz. Tube • Grainger $7.66 4 $30.64
Carolina Chemonstrations: Polyurethane Foam Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $30.15 1 $30.15
TK23717622T WasherNeoprene18-838 InPK10 • Grainger $8.36 3 $25.08
TK23717627T Linemans Pliers Jaw Length 34 Jaw Width 14 Jaw Thickness 14 Dipped Handle • Grainger $16.74 1 $16.74
Great Papers Outstanding Ribbon Foil Seal, 48/Pack • Staples Advantage $8.19 2 $16.38
TK23717620T Industrial Duct Tape 1-78 X 60 yd. 9.00 mil Thick Black Coated Cloth 1 EA • Grainger $7.94 2 $15.88
TK23717625T Nylon 66 Cable Tie Kit Black No. of Pieces 650 • Grainger $15.85 1 $15.85
TK23717626T 6 ft. Brass Tubing 14 Outside Dia. 0.125 Inside Dia. General Purpose • Grainger $13.55 1 $13.55
BIC Xtra Sparkle Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, Assorted, 24/Pk (MPLP241-BLK) • Staples Advantage $5.37 2 $10.74
TK23717619T Accelerator For Use on Adhesive Type Instant Adhesives Bottle 1.75 oz. • Grainger $9.78 1 $9.78
TK23717618T Clear 0.5g Instant Adhesive Tube Container Type 10 to 30 sec. Begins to Harden • Grainger $1.95 5 $9.75
Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Markers, Black, 1/Dz (30001) • Staples Advantage $7.22 1 $7.22
Dixon Ticonderoga Black Woodcase Pencils, #2 Soft, Dozen • Staples Advantage $3.49 2 $6.98
Staples Arrowhead Cap Erasers, Assorted Colors, 12/Pk • Staples Advantage $0.31 10 $3.10
TK23717623T 316 Impact Drill Bit High Speed Steel Black Oxide 1-18 Depth Hex Shank Type • Grainger $1.61 1 $1.61

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