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Mrs. Santiesteban from Tucson AZ is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Please Support our Future Science Leaders! Science Olympiad

My students need balsa wood, tools and other building items in order to truly engage their creativity and to be real competitors in Science Olympiad.

  • $1,518 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

When people visit our Science Olympiad classroom, they always stop at the door in order to absorb everything that is going on! It is typically chaotic and intense with over 30 students engaged in building, designing, studying, creating charts, comparing ideas, compromising and having fun!

There are two parts to our Science Olympiad group.

We have those that were able to get into the class and those students that come after school on Thursdays. We are a small K-12 school so I am lucky to be able to provide STEM to grades 5-9. Our students are like family and many of them are older siblings and younger siblings that get to work together! We believe that we must not only learn, but have fun doing so. Students are able to be creative, learn from trial and error, think outside of the box and most of all learn to problem-solve. Last year was our first year of having a Science Olympiad team. The team consisted of seven students that worked hard and had fun. All seven have returned to the team and we added 33 more students this year!

My Project

Our team is in dire need of supplies. We have very little funding but we have a big group of kids that are truly excited to build and learn. We need wood strips, building tools, tape and other supplies. We will be building Rube Goldberg Machines that must have 18 transfers, wooden bridges, bottle rockets, wooden egg transportation cars, air trajectory machines, and even make ice cream and butter! Students will always work in groups of two or three which is also a vital skill in life and the work force. Our future scientists will be able to take their creations to competitions throughout the state to meet and compete with other science-minded students. This provides a wonderful opportunity to use processing skills to help with their own projects.

Your donations will not only be supporting our future scientist, but you will be assisting in teaching these 40 students that people do care and want to invest in each of them.

This knowledge, that someone cares and wants to help them reach their goals is truly a beautiful thing! Thank you for considering investing in us! These students are the ones that can make a true difference in the future!

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pitsco Heavy Density Balsa Wood Strips (Pack of 100) • Amazon Business $29.95 7 $209.65
Midwest Products 6109 Micro-Cut Quality Balsa 36-Inch Sheet Bundle, 0.5 x 1 Inches • Amazon Business $37.90 4 $151.60
Schedule 40Pipe Size 1 In10ft.L • Grainger $8.16 15 $122.40
Schedule 40 PipeSize 1 12 In10ft.L • Grainger $10.04 10 $100.40
Dremel 7700-1/15 MultiPro 7.2-Volt Cordless Rotary Tool Kit • Amazon Business $37.97 2 $75.94
Balsa Wood Sheet 36"-1/32"X3" 20 per pack • Amazon Business $35.63 2 $71.26
Fitbig Funnel • Amazon Business $15.77 4 $63.08
Knee Length Lab Coat Medium /White • Amazon Business $8.90 7 $62.30
FORMUFIT F0013WE-WH-4 3-Way Elbow PVC Fitting, Furniture Grade, 1" Size, White (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $8.40 5 $42.00
3M Utility Duct Tape 2929 Silver, 1-22/25 in x 50 yd 5.8 mils (3 Pack) • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
38 Electric Drill 6 Amps Pistol Grip Handle Style 0 to 2500 No Load RPM Voltage 120 • Grainger $37.12 1 $37.12
FORMUFIT F001CRX-WH-4 Cross PVC Fitting, Furniture Grade, 1" Size, White (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $8.80 3 $26.40
Oatey 30246 PVC Regular Cement and 4-Ounce NSF Purple Primer Handy Pack • Amazon Business $9.18 2 $18.36
Xacto X5282 Basic Knife Set • Amazon Business $16.29 1 $16.29
Key Hole Saw6-14 In8 TPISoftGripStl • Grainger $15.36 1 $15.36
Alliance Red Packer Band - Size #36 Heavy Duty Rubber Band (5 x 1/8 Inches) - 1 Pound Box - Approximately 320 Bands per Pound (96365) • Amazon Business $13.14 1 $13.14
Alliance Red Packer Band - Size #170 Heavy Duty Rubber Band (7 x 1/4 Inches) - 1 Pound Box - Approximately 90 Bands per Pound (97705) • Amazon Business $13.14 1 $13.14
Monster Noodle Pool Noodle Foam Asstd Colors - 1 noodle • Amazon Business $11.50 1 $11.50
Wilson Jones Round Ring View Binder, 1 Inch, Basic, 362 Series, Customizable, White, 4 Pack (W70362-14W) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Economy Ball Pack - Ping Pong Balls 144pk • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Compass SawHand18 In11 TPI • Grainger $8.04 1 $8.04
Chenille Kraft Wood Dowels - 1/4 x 12 inches - Pack of 12 • Amazon Business $7.53 1 $7.53
MARATHON TI080006-BK Digital 100 Minute Timer w/ Magnetic Clip - Black, Batteries Included • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95

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