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Mrs. Pirner from Oakland CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEAM Tools for Young Innovators

Help me give my students STEAM materials for critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.

  • $576 goal

This project expired on January 25, 2020.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My classroom is a happy and busy group of kindergarteners. Though they are only between the ages of five and six, these students have high aspirations for their futures. They are motivated, completely capable, and love learning.

They like to move, read, play and love lots of positive attention.

From the moment they walk in the door of my classroom, I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. By doing this in a creative and positive way, I am hoping to inspire even our earliest learners to continue to question the world around them and become empowered in their own voice to make a difference in the community.

My Project

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math (STEAM) is leading the way in education and the world today. Without STEAM, we would not have solutions to everyday problems or the ability to create and browse projects like this one on our laptops or phones.

Not only can STEAM save the world, it can save our kids too by making their future bright.

STEM jobs are expected to grow by 16% in the US between 2014 and 2024 compared to only 11% for other sectors. And right now, science and engineering careers earn more than double the income of the median job in the United States! However, it is often a sector that is inequitable in terms of representation and STEAM graduates are dropping out of their fields.

We can fix this by starting young! The idea is to integrate STEAM into core subject areas by including open-ended activities and experiments to increase visual and critical thinking in my students. Magnatiles can be used in science to play and experiment with light, magnets, etc. in an engaging way. The magnetic tangrams will be used along with our Osmo technology to create an interesting center. Materials like LEGO bricks and Budding Builders tub will be used to engage students in engineering practices to solve problems and build. The Crayola markers and crayons will be used daily for illustrating, drawing, and creating Young mathematicians will be able to learn math concepts in independent and small group centers through hands-on practices with the snap cubes, addition machine, and base ten blocks. The magnetic materials will also be used by me in whole group mini-lessons. My students already have the questions, curiosity, and ability to become our future innovators. All they need now is the opportunity and access.

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

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This project will reach 26 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magna-Tiles 48-Piece Clear Colors DELUXE Set, The Original, Award-Winning Magnetic Building Tiles for Kids, Creativity and Educational Building Toys for Children, STEM Approved • Amazon Business $74.49 1 $74.49
21218-1109 - Crayola Classic Original Marker Set - Assorted Colors, Broad Tip, Set of 256 • Blick Art Materials $71.36 1 $71.36
Creative LEGO Brick Set • LEGO Education $64.95 1 $64.95
20101-1016 - Crayola Crayon Classpack - Pack of 800, 16 colors • Blick Art Materials $53.02 1 $53.02
Magnetic Foam Base Ten Blocks • AKJ Education $36.50 1 $36.50
Budding Builders Tub • AKJ Education $29.19 1 $29.19
Document Holder Black 30-Pack, Black - Large Stylish Multipurpose Organizer Folder for School Supplies, Business Papers, Files and More - Clear Mesh Weatherproof Protection Storage Sheet • Amazon Business $26.90 1 $26.90
Magnetic Addition Machine • AKJ Education $18.24 1 $18.24
Giant Magnetic Foam Tangrams • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Snap Cubes®, Set Of 100 • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
20098-0489 - Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk - Assorted Colors, Set of 48 • Blick Art Materials $6.13 1 $6.13

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