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Ms. Szakal from Henrico VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEAM Hits the Spot with Dash and Dot

Help me give my students Dash and Dot robots with xylophone and launcher accessories for coding and robotics lessons in STEAM!

  • $617 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I have the privilege of working with over 600 students in grades K-5 each week; roughly 120 kids a day. This is a new role for me; instead of having my own little group of 20 or so kiddos all day, my classroom is a revolving door that starts with 4th graders that come to me a little sleepy, but leave me wide awake, and ends with 1st graders that LOVE everything about learning. Sandwiched between them are a variety of grade levels with different likes and dislikes, a range of abilities, and all of which are excited about the opportunities and activities STEAM class provides them.

They are inquisitive and curious, hardworking and determined.

A high percentage of our students are English language learners, but there's always a classmate (or ten) that are willing to jump in and help out when he or she doesn't understand or needs some guidance. Some even try to learn a few words in their peer's language in order to communicate with each other.

My Project

In the few short months since STEAM resource classes have been added to our elementary schools, we have done a LOT. From kindergartners developing langugae and fine motor schools through building and creating with blocks to our fourth graders working on 3D printing a representation of the physical characteristics of Virginia, STEAM class is off to a great start but we still have a lot of work to do.

While coding has academic benefits for students, its role in helping to improve soft skills like problem solving, focus, perseverence, and resiliencey.

Students are always looking for the "right" answer, or the "immediate" solution, and coding/computer programming really helps them change their mindset, and it's an activity they enjoy and want to continue doing.

Having access to the Dash and Dot robots, and the accessories will allos students practice and experience with coding in a fun and meaningul way. Dash and Dot are noisy, kid friendly robots that can be programmed to play games, instruments, and talk. Students will collaborate in groups to have their Dash or Dot perform specific challenges and/or tasks. While each group will have their own Dash or Dot, the fact that Dash and Dot can also work together adds a whole new element, and really capitalizes on the "if this then..." relationships. So, while they're having fun and excitement fills the air, students will not only be learning to code and developing programming skills, they'll also be growing as communicators, collaborators, and problem solvers. Dash and Dot would be a great addition to our K-5 STEAM classroom.

Ms. Szakal
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wonder Workshop Dash – Coding Robot for Kids 6+ – Voice Activated – Navigates Objects – 5 Free Programming STEM Apps – Creating Confident Digital Citizens • Amazon Business $118.20 2 $236.40
Wonder Workshop Dot Creativity Kit Robot • Amazon Business $79.99 2 $159.98
Wonder Workshop Xylophone for Dash Robot • Amazon Business $26.04 2 $52.08
Wonder Workshop Launcher for Dash Robot • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98

Materials cost

$486.44

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.30

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$523.74

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$92.42

Total project goal

$616.16

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$616.16

5 Donors

-$616.16

Donations toward project cost

-$523.74

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$92.42

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$0.00

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