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Ms. Buikema from Santa Margar CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM Bins for Super Students

My students need supplies for STEM bins. Items ranging in complexity from magnetic blocks to toothpicks are opportunities for students to think creatively like scientists and engineers.

  • $292 goal

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My Students

My students are from a small town just north of San Luis Obispo. Many come from farming communities and have a wealth of knowledge beyond the classroom. They come from miles away to attend school every day.

Our 4th and 5th grade class is full of diverse learners who bring so much to our classroom.

Being a small school, it is a close community of staff, teachers, students, and families. Our school is a unique learning environment full of unique individuals who are ready to learn.

My Project

These STEM Bins will each have one or two resources each with rotating goals throughout the year. Items such as magnetic blocks, Jenga Blocks, and even Play Doh will be the tools in which these engineers will have to complete a challenge.

STEM Bins will provide students frequent access to an Engineering Design Challenges.

While the materials are simple, the opportunities are endless. The challenge comes when faced with a task given the set material. Students have to think outside the box and become creative problem solvers. We follow the Engineering Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve. The curriculum with these materials has this process imbedded throughout the tasks to keep use of the materials focused while the students are having fun and learning.

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Staples Translucent Pencil Boxes, Clear, 2 1/4"H x 5 5/8"W x 8 1/4"L • Staples Advantage $2.99 16 $47.84
Magformers Basic Set (30 pieces) magnetic building blocks, educational magnetic tiles, magnetic building STEM toy • Amazon Business $28.20 1 $28.20
LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696 • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
LIKIQ Wooden Cubes -1” Baby Wood Square Blocks with Storage Bag-For Puzzle Making, Building, And Learning Math -100 Pieces by (6-Colors) • Amazon Business $26.80 1 $26.80
Four Color Plastic Base Ten Set-10510 • AKJ Education $18.24 1 $18.24
Jenga Game • AKJ Education $18.00 1 $18.00
500 Pack Jumbo 6" Wooden Popsicle Sticks - Bright Assorted Colored - Large Craft Sticks • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
60923-1012-Creativity Street Craft Stems - 4 mm x 12", Pkg of 100, Assorted Colors • Blick Art Materials $1.56 10 $15.60
Plastic Pattern Blocks • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Snap Cubes®, Set Of 100 • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Pllieay 20 Pieces 5 Sizes White Foam Balls Polystyrene Craft Balls Art Decoration Styrofoam Balls for Art, Craft, Household and School Projects • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 2-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up, (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Flexible Plastic Straws 200 Pack - Striped Multi Colored BPA-Free Disposable Bendy Straw 8" Long - by DuraHome • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
Dixie Bath Cups - 3 oz - 100 ct (Packaging May Vary) • Amazon Business $6.52 1 $6.52
Creative Converting 2.75 inch Thin Picks Party Assorted Color 3600 Counts • Amazon Business $5.53 1 $5.53
Double Nine Dominoes 162112 • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37

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