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Mrs. Tran from Santa Clara CA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

STEAM: Kinders Can Design & Laser Cut too!

Help me give my students the opportunity take reign of their own learning by designing, building a model, and making their project come to life using a laser cutter!

  • $1,905 goal

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My Students

My kindergarten students are so excited to learn and especially more eager to apply their learning through hands-on activities. A large percentage of my classroom students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Since kindergarten is sometimes most of my students' first experience in school, I want to make sure that we set a solid foundation for their learning through lots of project-based lessons. Students in my class are of diverse backgrounds and speak a different language at home. Their English language levels range from beginning to advanced. So giving them hands-on projects will be more meaningful for their learning than what they can learn strictly from books.

My Project

A lot of my students learn best through hands-on projects because sometimes certain subjects are difficult to grasp using just pencil and paper. With this project, my students have the opportunity to design their work, test it out using different materials, and really get to test out their work using the laser machine.

In order for our students to go the direction we want, we must give them the most meaningful and relatable opportunities to do so.

We must give them the opportunity to design, explore, and test out their projects. STEM projects are not limited to just the older grades. It can start with kindergarten too because kindergarteners can design and do laser cutting too!! It is amazing to see what students can do when we give them the opportunity to showcase their learning. I definitely know my students will love this! Our classroom can continue to​ be student-driven and hands-on, and I, as their teacher, will serve solely as their facilitator.

Mrs. Tran
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC663 - Flex-Space Write & Wipe Mobile Rectangular Table • Lakeshore Learning Materials $499.00 1 $499.00
LM902 - Double-Sided Write & Wipe Magnetic Room Divider • Lakeshore Learning Materials $299.00 1 $299.00
TopDirect 3000mW Laser Engraving Machine Mini Laser Engraver Printer CE Approved Working Area 7.5X7.5CM for DIY Logo Marking with CERTIFICATION • Amazon Business $189.90 1 $189.90
PicassoTiles 100 Piece Set 100pcs Magnet Building Tiles Clear Magnetic 3D Building Blocks Construction Playboards, Creativity beyond Imagination, Inspirational, Recreational, Educational Conventional • Amazon Business $49.99 2 $99.98
IQ BUILDER | STEM Learning Toys | Creative Construction Engineering | Fun Educational Building Toy Set for Boys and Girls Ages 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year Old | Best Toy Gift for Kids | Top Blocks Game Kit • Amazon Business $24.97 4 $99.88
LL570 - Engineer-A-Coaster Activity Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
PP777 - Create-A-Path Magnetic Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
HDE Laser Eye Protection Safety Glasses for Red and UV Lasers with Case (Green) • Amazon Business $11.99 4 $47.96
Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Building Set, 150 Pieces • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Unfinished Wood Circle - 24-Pack Round Natural Rustic Wooden Cutout for Home Decoration, DIY Craft Supplies, 4-inch Diameter, 0.1 inch Thick • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
3 mm 1/8" x 8" x 8" Premium Baltic Birch Plywood, Box of 16 Flat B/BB Grade Birch Veneer Sheets, Perfect For Laser, CNC Cutting and Wood Burning - By Woodpeckers • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Unfinished Wood Pieces - 60-Pack Wooden Squares Cutout Tiles, Natural Rustic Craft Wood for Home Decoration, DIY Supplies, 3 x 3 inches • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99

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