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Ms. Dunn from Los Angeles CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Physics and Engineering in the Classroom

Help me give my students basic LEGO building blocks and hot wheels cars that will be used on the tracks they build.

  • $707 goal

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My Students

My eager third grade scholars, living in industrial East Los Angeles, are part of a unique elementary school that seeks to join arts with academics. Rigorous curriculum is balanced with creative projects ranging from visual to performing arts. These hands on projects and experiences help enrich the education my English language learners experience throughout the school year, providing them with multiple ways to learn and thrive. My inquisitive little academicians are constantly seeking new and meaningful ways to engage with the curriculum content and art material, for example suggesting from me the inclusion of digital arts and technological sciences.

Coming from an impoverished area of Los Angeles, many of my students do not have access outside of school to enhanced learning toys such as hot wheels and LEGO.

It is my goal to raise enough money to fund a physics and engineering project utilizing LEGO and hot wheels. These tools will be used together and separate to teach vital skills in gravity and motion as well as engineering and design. My students will benefit greatly from having this hands on learning experience inside the classroom.

My Project

Students will be using the LEGO to build structures utilizing engineering skills learned in lessons. For example, they will be designing a building, selecting the LEGO building materials needed for the building, constructing it, testing it in strenuous situations like earthquakes, and drawing conclusions about sound engineering.

The hot wheels cars will be used on the track systems they make during physics lessons.

Students will make generalizations about how gravity and motion works, they will design and build track systems with the hot wheels tracks. Using the hot wheels cars they will test their tracks and draw conclusions about force and motion.

Putting it all together, the students will be building a small example of a city to see how vehicles on hot wheel tracks and buildings made by LEGO work together to make a functioning city.

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Ms. Dunn
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Community Starter Set • LEGO Education $214.95 2 $429.90
Hot Wheels(r) Customized 50 Car Pack • Kaplan Early Learning Company $71.96 1 $71.96

Materials cost

$501.86

Vendor shipping charges

$15.00

State sales tax

$45.92

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.53

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$600.31

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$105.94

Total project goal

$706.25

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$706.25

3 Donors

-$353.12

Donations toward project cost

-$300.15

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$52.97

match offer

-$353.13

Match offer toward project cost

-$300.16

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$52.97

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$0.00

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