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Ms. Calarco from Auburn NY is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Project Invent

Help me give my students the materials they need to become inventors. They will use the Arduino's to create physical technologies to address a need in their community. The other supplies will allow them to prototype their inventions.

  • $626 goal

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My Students

Our High School Library is open to approximately 1200 9-12th grade students. We are a Title 1 school meaning we are a school that faces poverty and a large portion of our students are high needs learners. Given that fact, our students are learning that no matter what challenges they face in life they can solve it with a little ingenuity. The library is a safe place for students to develop these skills and to work on passion projects.

Our students have the characteristics, qualities and creativity to be the changemakers our world needs.

My Project

For this project students will be working with a member of our community that has a real need or a "real-world problem". As students learn about the problem their partner has they will brainstorm ideas on how to help with the problem. While designing solutions students will need to create some sort of physical technology. A physical technology is something that has a working computational aspect but it is more than just an app or software program. This will involve a significant amount of problem solving and determination. They will work and develop several prototypes, starting with extremely low tech and progressing to a prototype that can fully demonstrate function. The students will have a chance to possibly patent their inventions and submit them to various design challenges. But the most important part is that they will be making human connections, they will be learning empathy and designing with purpose.

With the supplies from this project, students will be empowered to be inventive, creative problem solvers that can impact the world in a real and meaningful way.

Ms. Calarco
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 20 students.

14 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ELEGOO UNO Project Super Starter Kit with Tutorial, UNO R3 Controller Board, LCD1602, Servo, Stepper Motor, Relay etc. for Arduino Projects • Amazon Business $34.99 5 $174.95
Soldering Iron Kit - Soldering Iron 60 W Adjustable Temperature, Digital Multimeter, Wire Cutter, Stand,Soldering Iron Tip Set, Desoldering Pump, Solder Wick, Tweezers, Rosin, Wire - [110 V, US Plug] • Amazon Business $34.99 2 $69.98
Hot Glue Gun with Carrying Box and 20 Pcs Glue Sticks, 60/100W Full Size Dual Power High Temp Heavy Duty Melt Glue Gun Kit for DIY Crafts Arts Home Quick Repairs Festival Decoration by Rockindeer • Amazon Business $19.99 3 $59.97
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, Miami Colors, 67% Plant-Based Adhesive by Weight, 3 in. x 3 in, 12 Pads/Pack, (654-12SSMIA) • Amazon Business $15.00 3 $45.00
IRIS USA, Inc. CNL-6 6 Quart Non-Latching Box, 18 Pack, Clear, • Amazon Business $35.92 1 $35.92
Scotch(R) Home and Office Masking Tape 3436-3, 3/4-inch x 60 Yards, 12 ROLL • Amazon Business $25.19 1 $25.19
Adtech Full-Size Multi-Temp 5-lb BOX All-Purpose Glue Sticks-7/16"X10" 5lb 10 inch, Clear(Packaging may vary) • Amazon Business $19.44 1 $19.44
Zees 1,000 Pipe Cleaners in 10 Assorted Colors, Value Pack of Chenille Stems for DIY Arts and Craft Projects and Decorations - 6mm x 12 Inches • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Sharpie Twin Tip Permanent Markers, Fine and Ultra Fine, Black, 12 Count (32001) • Amazon Business $15.83 1 $15.83
Natural Wood Craft Sticks (Pack of 1,000) • Amazon Business $9.31 1 $9.31
Energizer ECR2032 3-Volt Lithium Coin Batteries (20 Count) • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Emojistickers Emoji Stickers 960 of The Most Popular Emojis • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Avery Removable Print or Write Color Coding Labels, Round, 0.75 Inches, Pack of 1008 (5472) • Amazon Business $4.90 1 $4.90

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