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Mrs. Neves from Jonesboro AR is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

SIMS Teaching Engineering in Science & Common Core

My students need lego bricks and straws to help them to create and understand concepts of engineering through science.

  • $734 goal

This project expired on November 2, 2012.

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My Students

With Next Generation Science Standards knocking at the door, and Common Core already invited in, engineering is the way to go. Our students do not get enough experience with real world problem solving by creating models to gain a conceptual understanding of what engineering is all about.

My 6th grade students are a diverse group.

We have students from medium/high socioeconomic backgrounds to the most poverty stricken. The particular group that I teach are a close knit group. Our ethnic make up is also quite diverse. A large majority of my students' racial makeup is split mainly between Caucasian and African American. However,we are seeing an influx of Hispanic students who are craving the knowledge to be productive students, but often lack the language skills and vocabulary. A hands on approach is the best way to work with ELL children and lower achieving students, as well. This kind of approach allows these students to be successful in spite of a language barrier and helps to improve academic vocabulary. We are a project based/hands on magnet school located in Northeast Arkansas with a lot of highly motivated teachers with high expectations. The high expectations and changing needs of our students require that we branch out to enrich the learning experiences for all.

My Project

Due to Next Generation Science Standards including engineering, having these materials will make a world of difference for my students. I have several AIMS (Activities in Math and Science) books that explore engineering, but I've never been able to use them because of the high cost of Lego bricks and building materials. With these materials, I can offer my students a more rigorous curriculum that will be able to help them develop a conceptual understanding of the mechanics of simple machines and structural design. This is the course we are taking, as a nation, to help mold students advanced in math, science, and engineering. Hands on engineering and investigation will make a concrete impression on my middle school students.

This project is so important.

I am very passionate about motivating my students to love Science. At this age, 11 and 12 years old, students LOVE to build, explore and delve into projects that require cooperative groups. This allows them to have that social interaction within the academic arena. It gives students a chance to learn to work together and discuss solutions, as well as learn the importance of engineering and science as career choices, while integrating mathematical concepts,too.

Mrs. Neves
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 84 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO BRICKS SET • School Specialty Inc. $48.44 7 $339.08
STRAWS AND CONNECTORS SET OF 400 • School Specialty Inc. $26.08 6 $156.48

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