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Mrs. Sheets from West Peoria IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM in 6th Grade

My students need materials such as LEGOS, Magformers, straws and foam balls to fill STEAM bins so they can build, create, draw and write.

  • $189 goal

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My Students

As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to provide my students with creative and meaningful hands on learning experiences in our science classroom.

STEAM bins are a creative and developmentally appropriate form of engineering for middle school students.

Middle School is the perfect time to introduce the engineering design process through simple STEAM activities because it builds on student’s natural curiosities to create. I want to provide an invitation for children to explore and engineer through play.

My Project

STEM bins are a wonderful way to encourage learning opportunities that include science, technology, engineering, art and math. All students should have a chance to try STEM challenges and Science Experiments.

Middle school is the perfect time to introduce the engineering design process through simple STEM activities because it builds on a student’s natural curiosities to create.

STEM Bins are plastic boxes filled with an engineering manipulative such as LEGO bricks, magnetic blocks, Styrofoam balls, straws and wooden blocks. The boxes also contain sets of task cards that picture a variety of basic real world structures to inspire students to build.

The materials I requested are needed to fill the bins so students can build, stack, write and draw. Students will use the materials to create a structure such as a bridge, maze or animal habitat. Math will be incorporated creating various shapes such as cones, triangular prisms and cubes.

Students will be given the opportunity to make improvements to their structures, talk about problem solving, draw blueprints or combine building materials.

Mrs. Sheets
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 75 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magformers Standard Set (62-pieces) • Amazon Business $54.87 1 $54.87
LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696 • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set - 100 Blocks in 4 Colors and 9 Shapes • Amazon Business $16.06 1 $16.06
Smoothfoam 12-Pack Balls Crafts Foam for Modeling, 2-Inch, White • Amazon Business $6.02 2 $12.04
Sonrise 500 Regular Neon Plastic Straws 7 3/4" x 1/4" (500) • Amazon Business $11.45 1 $11.45
AmazonBasics Ruled Index Cards, Assorted Neon, 4x6-Inch, 300-Count • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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