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Ms. Walmsley from New Bern NC is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Rolling Into Water Quality With Spheros

Help me give my students a class set of amazing Sphero robots to incorporate STEM and programming into our Environmental Studies Unit!

  • $1,748 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students attend a public middle school nestled in a small historic town located along the coast of North Carolina. Our school serves a diverse population coming from many parts of the world and all walks of life. We have recently adopted a program to assist our students with building the skills and strategies needed to overcome obstacles and achieve success in their futures. With this program we are building collaborative strategies and increasing exposure to potential college and career options for our students.

My students have recently suffered a huge tragedy as we were caught in the direct path of hurricane Florence - and they are the true definition of resilience.

Our community as a whole has suffered tremendous loss with many of our students being displaced from their homes and losing most of their possessions. While we work to rebuild and find a sense of normalcy, students are eager to return to classes and have shown a huge amount of compassion for their fellow classmates. Many of our school, staff and student resources have been lost, but it has not slowed down our drive for success or desire to accomplish our goals.

My Project

I would like to add a class set of Sphero SPRKs to our classroom resources to give students the opportunity to work with robots and programming in our eighth grade science class. I like to incorporate STEM challenges into my curriculum units to help expose my students to interests and career opportunities they may not have available to them otherwise. Many of today's careers involve machinery and programming, and I would like to provide my students learning experiences in the classroom that help build a foundation for those skill sets.

With the addition of Sphero SPRKs to my Hydrology and Environmental Science unit, students will design a device that can venture into our local water supply to collect real time water quality data for them to analyze.

Students will then create a public service announcement that will be displayed or distributed out in our local community allowing them to share their findings and encourage others to help in protecting our waters. With this project I will be reinforcing key STEM skills with the engineering of their devices that they will attach to the Spheros as well as teaching students how to be good stewards of the Earth and Environment.

Ms. Walmsley
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sphero SPRK - Pack of 12 • Nasco $1,200.00 1 $1,200.00
Sphero Chariot - Black • Nasco $20.00 1 $20.00

Materials cost

$1,220.00

Vendor shipping charges

$122.00

State sales tax

$95.16

3rd party payment processing fee

$18.30

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,485.46

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$262.14

Total project goal

$1,747.60

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,747.60

27 Donors

-$1,094.35

Donations toward project cost

-$947.45

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$146.90

match offer

-$632.95

Match offer toward project cost

-$538.01

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$94.94

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$20.30

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$0.00

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