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Ms. Rinck from Lakeside CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEAM Lab Meets Makerspace

My students need Sphero mini app controlled robot balls, Helizone Sparrow Mini drones, 3D pen filaments and a simple and powered machines kit to create a STEAM Lab and Makerspace for our school.

  • $999 goal

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My Students

My students deserve a 21st century education that allows them to not only absorb content, but to apply what they have learned in meaningful real-world experiences. Four years ago, a group of teachers decided to provide students with hands-on ownership of their learning. This was a major pedagogical shift that allowed our students to utilize project-based learning as an outlet for deeper more relevant learning.

Our students live in a beautiful rural community that values STEM and project-based learning.

Students need to be prepared for high school as well as college and career. Allowing them a global understanding will better open opportunities to themselves and their community. This drive to give students every opportunity possible is a mission and a vision of this school district.

My Project

My Students participate in three hands on cross-curricular STEM activities throughout the year that have a culminating design thinking project. In response to last year’s activities, a group of students had an idea to create a STEAM Lab/Makerspace that all grade levels at our school (6th-8th) could have access to the resources.

The students wanted resources that teachers could use to create fun and engaging lessons.

My students will be looking at alternative energy sources. The simple machines and renewable add on energy kits (multiple grants to fund a class set) will be used in our history and English classes to so they can apply what they are learning in their sciences classes. The add on kit allows them to manipulate energy types such as solar cells, wind turbines and hydroelectric power plants.

Drones and Sphero mini balls will be used to teach coding, flight and space (backwards articulating the basics of how they fly) so students can build their own drones. Sphero mini balls will be used in many teacher lessons (that is the benefit of creating a lab that all teachers can share resources). For example, they would research various structural bridge designs and having students test their builds. Another activity, is having them create an obstacle course they have to code and navigate the Sphero ball through the course. The 3D pens will be used to help construct the bridges and obstacle courses. The filament refill will be used for building materials. The ideas are endless once we have enough of the tools to facilitate a class set.

Ms. Rinck
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Simple & Powered Machines Set • LEGO Education $179.95 1 $179.95
Sphero - Mini App Enabled Robotic Ball - Pink • Best Buy Education $43.47 4 $173.88
Sphero - Mini App Enabled Robotic Ball - Blue • Best Buy Education $43.47 4 $173.88
Helizone Sparrow Mini Drone with 2 MP HD Camera Quadcopter For Video Recording with 4 GB Card, Headless Mode 3 Speed 2.4 Ghz 6 Axis Gyro with Bonus Propeller Guard Great for Beginners • Amazon Business $19.99 5 $99.95
Myriwell 3D Pen DIY 3D Printer Pen Drawing Pens 3d Printing Best for Kids with ABS Filament 1.75mm Christmas Birthday gift • Amazon Business $29.99 3 $89.97
3D Pen/3D Printer Filament,1.75mm PLA filament Pack of 24 Different Colors,High-Precision Diameter Filament, Each color 12 Feet, total 288 Feet Lengths • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99

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