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Ms. Schmitz from Finlayson MN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Rolling Into Robotics With Spheros

My students need access to "Sphero" robotic balls in STEAM class to learn coding, computational thinking and problem solving skills.

  • $499 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My K-6 STEAM classroom is a place for students to build skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. Each student spends at least 150 minutes each week exploring real world applications involving science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.

I teach at a Title I school in east-central Minnesota where many students qualify for free and reduced priced lunch.

A struggle for students growing up in rural Minnesota is their lack of exposure to technology. For many of my students, school is the only place they are exposed to educational technology. The goal in my classroom is to provide students with the skills that they need to be successful in the 21st century.

My Project

The 5 Sphero robotic balls will be used everyday in my STEAM classroom. Students will learn not only to navigate the Sphero ball through self designed mazes, but also learn to program or "code" using Sphero. The differentiation Sphero provides makes it a great tool for all levels of programmers. Students will start by using the block coding provided on the Sphero Edu App and then move into creating their own code using JavaScript.

Donations to help our STEAM Classroom obtain Spheros will provide students with a hands-on-tool to assist their learning of computer programming.

This highly engaging tool will provide students with the coding and design skills needed to open doors to potential careers in technology.

Ms. Schmitz
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 65 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sphero SPRK+ STEAM Educational Robot • Amazon Business $108.59 2 $217.18
Sphero Mini Blue : The App-Controlled Robot Ball • Amazon Business $49.00 1 $49.00
Sphero Mini Green: The App-Controlled Robot Ball • Amazon Business $49.00 1 $49.00
Sphero Mini Orange: The App-Controlled Robot Ball • Amazon Business $48.98 1 $48.98
Organizer Storage Case for Sphero Mini The App-Controlled Robot Ball by Aenllosi (Gray) • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97

Materials cost

$388.13

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.82

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$423.95

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$74.81

Total project goal

$498.76

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$498.76

1 Donor

-$498.76

Donations toward project cost

-$423.95

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$74.81

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$0.00

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