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Mrs. Hamlett from Indianapolis IN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM in Special Ed

My students need STEM materials that are developmentally appropriate. The Ramps & Balls Exploration set will allow them to build and knock down over and over. This exploration will lead to some great STEM learning!

  • $708 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The kids in my classroom are amazing, silly, messy, and wonderful. They love to explore, ask questions, and take risks. They are eager to learn about the world around them. Sometimes the world can be a tricky place for the kids in our room. My goal as their teacher is to help them learn and grow into the best versions of themselves. I want them to be proud of who they are and what they can do in this world!

My classroom is home to our township's Functional Academics Program.

The FA program is built for kids who are socially, academically, and functionally well below their peers. Everyday tasks can be challenging for these kiddos. You'd never know it by their determination, zest for life, and willingness to explore.

My Project

STEM is the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and math. In a special education classroom setting, STEM might look a little different. Our goal for STEM work is to help the kiddos understand the world around them. Having materials that they can build and knock down, scoop and pour, and squish and mash will encourage exploration.

The kiddos are so excited about hands-on learning!

The materials selected for the project will encourage them to explore and will lead to making connections with the world around them. Having materials like dried beans, Dew Drops (fun water beads) and ping pong balls (even though is says beer pong balls---eeek!) in our sensory table will be beneficial to all. Different textures and different materials will provide sensory input for kiddos with autism and will encourage side by side play as well as STEM connections.

The Ramps & Balls exploration kit will be perfect for the boys and girls who like to explore STEM by building. Part of STEM exploration is making mistakes and that can be tricky for all kids...especially those with special needs. The materials I've chosen will provide a safe exploration environment where kids can make mistakes and try again.

Mrs. Hamlett
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 10 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
FF253 - Ramps & Balls Exploration Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $119.00 1 $119.00
BR302BU - Comfy Floor Seat - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 2 $99.98
Augason Farms Pinto beans Emergency Bulk Food Storage 4 gallon Pail 253 Servings • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
TT538 - Plan-A-Path Road Builder • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
FF260 - Ramps & Balls Storage Box • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
Rainforest Exploration Reptile Discovery Box and Sensory Bin for Kids and Preschoolers - Revelae Kids • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Real Minifigures Set - 56pcs Mini Community Building Bricks People Kids Party to Build More Fun,Boys Girls' Toys 100% Compatible • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Bapon Fidget Bag - Includes 14 Bundle Sensory Toys - Relieves Stress, Anxiety, Anti-Depression and Increases Focus • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
TT573 - Design & Play STEAM Planes Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
TT572 - Design & Play STEAM Boats Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
YoYa Toys Pull, Stretch & Squeeze Stress Balls by 3 Pack - Elastic Construction Sensory Balls - Ideal For Stress & Anxiety Relief, Special Needs, Autism, Disorders & More • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
DEW Drops Water Beads African Safari Tactile Sensory Toys Bin Kit - Unique Toy Animals Included • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
SENSORY4U Dew Drops Water Beads Ocean Explorers Tactile Sensory Kit - Sea Animal Creatures Included - Great Fine Motor Skills Toy for Kids • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Learning Resources Squeezy Tweezers • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
TADICK Beer Ping Pong Balls Plastic Multiple Color Table Tennis Ball (Pack of 100) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Assortmart 144 Washable Plastic Beer Pong Balls 1 Gross • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90

Materials cost

$562.95

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.44

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$601.39

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$106.13

Total project goal

$707.52

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$707.52

6 Donors

-$667.52

Donations toward project cost

-$567.39

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$100.13

match offer

-$40.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$34.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$6.00

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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