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  • $943 goal

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Mrs. Wonggaew
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 24 donors
  • $0 still needed

Rover, Rover...Send Mars Right Over!

My students need 10 snap circuit RC rovers for working in pairs and 4 of the most recent books about Mars Missions to enhance their understanding and curiosity of Mars.

My Students

Do you remember gazing into the starry night sky wondering what life would be like on other planets? Students will explore the changes NASA has made from the Lunar Rovers to the Mars Rovers and investigate their curiosity of life beyond Earth.

I teach in a hybrid school, meaning students attend school twice a week and are home-schooled three days out of the week.

My teaching partner and I both have two cohorts of 20 students from Grades 3-4 coming either Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday. The teachers have created a partnership with the Parent Educators to create individualized learning plans for their home-school learning and Project-Based Learning at school. This is our third year as a charter school and we have more working Parent Educators this year. Our families come from diverse socioeconomic areas, traditional schools, private schools, and home-schools. We support our families by providing parent workshops with strategies in reading, writing, and math. We are a Project-Based Learning (PBL) school and teach students how to use compassionate communication in their community.

My Project

Do you remember taking a toy apart just to see how it works? I want my students to explore how circuits work to operate a radio controlled (RC) rover and make connections to how the NASA Rovers are operated so far away. Students will use the snap circuits to create simple, parallel, and series circuits. They will have a deeper understanding of how electricity moves through a current. Students will explore the differences from the Lunar Rovers to the Mars Rovers and how technology has improved over the years. They will imagine how life would be like living on Mars and participate in the "Imagine Mars" project from the "NASA: Mars Exploration Program."

The ultimate goal will be for my students to understand how electricity moves on a circuit, identifying and researching the source of electricity, and how electricity plays a huge part in their daily lives.

Your donation will provide hands-on learning with circuits, radio controlled vehicles, and Mars facts. Students will create their own invention using circuits or create a Mars World on Minecraft while adding electrical circuits in the game with the help of our STEM teacher.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Snap Circuits RC Rover • Amazon $64.18 10 $641.80
You Are the First Kid on Mars • Amazon $15.22 1 $15.22
Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet • Amazon $13.86 1 $13.86
The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon $13.67 1 $13.67
13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon $12.66 1 $12.66

Materials cost

$697.21

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$63.79

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.46

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$801.46

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$141.43

Total project goal

$942.89

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$942.89

22 Donors

-$877.84

Donations toward project cost

-$754.71

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$123.13

Matching donations from our partners

-$55.00

Match offers toward project cost

-$46.75

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$8.25

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$10.05

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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24 donors24 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 80 students.

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