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Mrs. Engst from Cedar City UT is requesting educational kits & games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Real Hands-on Science For Real Scientists; Not Just Videos Please!

Help me give my students a STEAM hands-on experience with tools including a light meter, a sound reader, strong flashlights. Building and construction toys, anatomy models of an eye and a mammal. Optical instruments like a camera obscura.

  • $755 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Celebrating Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

This project is a part of the Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month celebration because it supports a Latino teacher or a school where the majority of students are Latino.

My Students

Title I school Dual Immersion setting, 20% students is ELL or Hispanic. My project could benefit 49 students.

My learners are very interested in science; I focus on active learning to engage them through hands-on projects and demonstrations; I believe in kinesthetic learning through physical activities such as building and other hands-on practices to stimulate the brain and curiosity in class and keep their focus even during indoor recess or free time.

Spanish Dual immersion 4th-grade spotlights science. I teach SEEds standards that cover difficult concepts such as different types of energy, for instance, we learn about light and sound. These concepts are abstract and hard to understand with only the teacher's explanation or youtube videos. COVID provided with a lot of video experiences that rarely captivated young minds as much as doing it themselves. I also monitor their anxiety levels and social interactions. I chose to have free time or indoor recess with educational games, from board games, and puzzles, to snap circuits instead of showing a passive movie which was the order of the day at home during the lockdown. I believe in keeping kids busy while working on STEM or STEAM activities too.

My Project

Learning science in most schools is about watching a video with someone doing something. How about doing it? I will teach kids how we can measure light intensity, we will investigate how loud a sound is. They will learn about animal structures and how we can see light through our eyes.

Hands-on activities are engaging and focus the students' interest in science; learning with real scientific instruments and models will enhance the learning experience of 4th graders.

Active learning is not limited to instruction time, recess and free time can be the perfect time to continue fostering curiosity and creativity by building and constructing without a blueprint in front of them.

Mrs. Engst
Grades 3-5
  • East Elementary School
  • Cedar City, UT
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

    This project will reach 49 students.

    1 donor has given to this project.

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Huaker Kids Building STEM Toys ,125 Pcs Educational Construction Engineering Building Blocks Kit for Ages 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year Old Boys and Girls ,Best Gift for Kids Creative Games & Fun Activity • Amazon Business $29.99 3 $89.97
Moonsteps STEM Building Blocks Set for Kid, 156pcs Snap Tiles Building Toys for Kids Ages 4-8, Early Educational Building Kit for Girls & Boys, Christmas Birthday Gift for Toddler / Boy / Girl • Amazon Business $43.15 2 $86.30
Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst STEM Kit w/ 50+ pieces, Robotic STEM Projects for Kids Ages 8-12, Educational Gift and IQ Builder for Boys and Girls • Amazon Business $65.00 1 $65.00
RAINBOW TOYFROG Straw Constructor STEM Building Toys 300 pcs Interlocking Plastic Educational Toys Engineering Building Blocks -Construction Blocks- Kids Toy for 3-12 Year Old Boys and Girls • Amazon Business $19.89 3 $59.67
Ramptastic - STEM Ramp for Testing Velocity on Different Surfaces • Kaplan Early Learning Company $49.46 1 $49.46
Energizer Vision HD Ultra LED Flashlight with Digital Focus, 1300 Lumens, IPX4 Water Resistant, Aircraft-Grade Aluminum LED Light, Rugged Metal Flashlight, Batteries Included • Amazon Business $22.04 2 $44.08
Eisco PH0607 Pinhole Camera Demonstration Kit, Physics Experiment • Amazon Business $32.50 1 $32.50
Tedco 4D Vision Dog Anatomy Model • Amazon Business $30.56 1 $30.56
Eye Anatomy Model, 6X Enlarged Eyeball Model, Human Eye Anatomical Model for Science Education Students Study Display Medical Teaching, with Removable Stand • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Light Meter Digital Illuminance Meter Handheld Ambient Temperature Measurer, Range up to 200,000 Lux, Luxmeter with 4 Digit Color LCD Screen • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Thames & Kosmos Optical Science • Amazon Business $29.30 1 $29.30
BAFX Products - Decibel Meter/Sound Pressure Level Reader (SPL) / 30-130dBA Range - 1 Year Warranty (Standard) • Amazon Business $17.79 1 $17.79
Newtons Cradle Balance Balls, Swinging Balls with Black Base, Fun Science Physics Learning Accessories, Calm Down Fidgets Kit, Desk Toys for Stress Relief, Office Home Decoration (Black) • Amazon Business $14.03 1 $14.03
60 Pieces Credit Card Sized Magnifying Lenses ORNOOU Wallet Magnifiers 3X Lense for Reading or Fire Starter • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Hanging Chandelier Crystals Prisms Crystal Suncatcher AB-Colors Hexagone Hanging Chandelier Prism Pendant Home Decoration DIY Craft(120mm) • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69

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