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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 Supplies for 6th Graders

My students need materials such as blocks, magnetic building sets, pencil boxes, and connector sets to include in our new STEM Bins so they can explore the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and math.

  • $400 goal

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Celebrating Black History Month

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

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 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.

My Science classes do not currently have any materials available to create these STEM bins, so funding of this project will be a great opportunity to get my students started. 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.

STEM Bins are plastic boxes filled with an engineering manipulative such as magnetic blocks, plastic connectors, aluminum foil and tape. The boxes also contain sets of task cards that picture a variety of basic real world structures to inspire students to build.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Romanoff Products 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 2 1/2" Pencil Box, Strawberry • Staples Advantage $17.39 2 $34.78
Straws and Connectors Building and Construction Set, Includes 720 Pcs and FREE Storage container • Amazon Business $32.99 1 $32.99
ACCO Brands Metal Book Rings, Nickel Plated Steel, 1"Diameter, 100/Bx • Staples Advantage $29.65 1 $29.65
Staples Translucent Pencil Boxes, Blue, 2 1/4"H x 5 5/8"W x 8 1/4"L • Staples Advantage $1.39 20 $27.80
IQ BUILDER | STEM Learning Toys | Creative Construction Engineering | Fun Educational Building Toy Set for Boys and Girls Ages 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year Old + | Best Toy Gift for Kids | 164 PCS Kit with Box • Amazon Business $23.33 1 $23.33
Marble Genius Marble Run Starter Set - 60 Translucent Marbulous Pieces + 10 Glass Marbles • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
UC Blocks 195 Piece Interlocking Plastic Building Block Set Educational Toy Engineering Toy • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Myfreed 103 pcs Educational Magnetic Building Blocks Toys Magnet Construction Build Kit Toys for Boys and Girls Playing Stacking Game with Magnetic Bricks and Sticks,Gift Box Packaging,103pcs and bag • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Pop-Up Interfolded Aluminum Foil Sheets in Silver, 500/Box • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Tape, 1.88" x 800", Clear, 6/Pack • Staples Advantage $13.49 1 $13.49
VIAHART Brain Flakes 500 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set | A Creative and Educational Alternative to Building Blocks | Tested for Children's Safety | A Great STEM Toy for Both Boys and Girls! • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Tape-Me Duct Tape Silver, 1.88 in x 55 yd (Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Reynolds Kitchens Plastic Wrap (225 Square Foot Roll) Pack of 3 • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Sparco Invisible Tape, 3/4 x 1000 Inches, 1-Inch Core, 12-Pack, Clear (SPR60050) • Amazon Business $9.87 1 $9.87
Jute Twine 656 Feet 3Ply Natural Arts Crafts Jute Rope Durable Packing String for Gardening Applications(2pcs x 328feet) • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
OrangeTag 200 Pieces Cats Eyes Glass Marble / Sling Shot Ammo • Amazon Business $7.20 1 $7.20
Marble Genius Jumps & Swings - Marble Run Accessory Add-On Set (8 pcs.) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Royal (WB 485S1525BK) 1000 Count Sip Swizzle Straw, 5-Inch, Black • Amazon Business $5.29 1 $5.29
OXO 11135800 Good Grips 100-Percent Natural Cotton Twine, 300-Feet • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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