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Mrs. Dyess from Saucier MS is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM for Special Needs Success

My students need a year's worth of science experiment materials for motivation/rewards for not giving up and putting forth their best effort in spite of their disabilities. STEM activities are dual purpose and perfect for this!

  • $353 goal

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My Students

My students range in age from 5 to 12, each with varying degrees of disabilities. They are masters of perseverance, sometimes spending more than five minutes to decode one- three syllable word when other students without disabilities give up after 5 seconds. They are my rock stars who always shoot for growth in all assessments they are required to take- and usually make tons of progress. My kids, Autistic, Dyslexic, Visually Impaired, and those having Specific Learning Disabilities, care more about others than themselves. I'd like to be able to reward their perseverance with what they love: science experiments.

My Project

I teach elementary students with disabilities to read. It is a daily struggle, a tedious process that sometimes results in frustration and fear of failure. I use STEM activities to combat negativity and motivate my students about every other week after progress monitoring. In spite of their disabilities, my students give it their all and show tremendous academic and personal growth during the year.

STEM activities are dual purpose: Not only are they perfect for learning, they are also the BEST motivators for my students.

While my students may think they are just growing crystals or making chemicals react, they will actually be growing confidence and making deep connections that will last a lifetime.

Mrs. Dyess
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Be Amazing! Toys BAT6610 Sick Science! Super Size, 30 Experiments (Pack of 60) • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Copernicus Glowing Putty Gels and Slime Kit, For Ages 10 and Up • Amazon Business $18.00 2 $36.00
Copernicus Cool Blue Light Kit • Amazon Business $18.00 2 $36.00
Maddie Rae's Slime Making Clear Glue - 1 Gallon (128oz) Value Size - Non Toxic, School Grade Formula for Perfect Slime Crafts • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Fascinating Oscillating Reaction Kit • Amazon Business $18.62 1 $18.62
Hefty Slider Plastic Food Storage Bags (Quart, 184 Count) • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
ARGO Cornstarch - 35oz - CASE PACK OF 2 • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
4M Crystal Growing Experiment • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Food Coloring Liqua-Gel - 6 Color Rainbow Kit in .75 fl. oz. (20ml) Bottles • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Swan Hydrogen Peroxide Topical 32 Ounces Pack of 2 • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, 16 oz (2 Pack) • Amazon Business $8.40 1 $8.40
White House White Distilled Vinegar 64oz (64 oz) • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29
Slime Supplies Glitter Powder Sequins for Slime,Arts Crafts Extra Solvent Resistant Glitter Powder Shakers,Bulk Acrylic Polyester Craft Supplies Glitter Loose Eyeshadow,Assorted Colors,12 Pack Glitter • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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