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Mr. M. from San Jose CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mouse Trap Cars

Help me give my students an exciting, hands-on experience by building and racing mouse trap cars.

  • $908 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I am very lucky to have taught these students for 32 years. We work in a low socio-economical and predominantly minority area where less than 2% participate in outside clubs or organizations that participate in similar activities. I never cease to be impressed with their kindness and gratitude. We have helped places struck by natural disasters and helped to build a School last year in Nicaragua.

My students lack many financial resources others take for granted.

Yet, each time there is an opportunity to help others in need they have exceeded all expectations.

I have witnessed wonderful acts of kindness and understanding toward our challenged students. I have many students that volunteer for study sessions and other programs to enhance their education. It amazes me the politeness and respect this community has shown me over the last three decades.

My Project

In an era of instant gratification and computer gaming, we see a need to provide our students with real life, interactive approaches to problem solving in the area of science. Our goal is to provide our students with hands-on science projects that use their imagination and challenge their scientific knowledge. Our objective is to teach the key scientific principles of motion and forces, as well as to excite them about Science in general. Creating a fun, yet challenging environment of problem solving will give our students a good feel for bringing an idea from conception to a competitive reality.

We want to use this hands-on project to connect with the students the California State Science Standards.

We will also incorporate a number of Math and Language Arts Standards through the concluding essay and using the various formulas. Motion: The velocity of an object, average speed is the total distance traveled divided by the total time elapsed and that the speed of an object along the path traveled can vary, how to solve problems involving distance, time, and average speed, changes in velocity may be due to changes in speed, direction, or both, and how to interpret graphs of position versus time and graphs of speed versus time for motion in a single direction. Forces: Unbalanced forces cause changes in velocity. A force has both direction and magnitude, when an object is subject to two or more forces at once; the result is the cumulative effect

Mr. M.
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 260 students.

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Pitsco Balsa Wood Mousetrap Vehicle Kit (For 30 Students) • Amazon Business $335.00 2 $670.00

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