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Mrs. Costello from Athens GA is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM: The Future Belongs to the Curious

My students need consumable materials to allow them to use exploration and discovery to become their own problem solvers.

  • $705 goal

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My Students

It seemed like just yesterday when I was pulling items out of the pantry to create some type of science experiment. Being able to explore and create at such a young age allowed me to keep that curiosity as I got older. Never did I think I would get to share this joy with over 500 students on a weekly basis.

STEM is important because it is present and apparent in our every day lives.

Through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, our next generation children are exposed to opportunities that will help them develop their passions.

I teach in a highly diverse elementary school in Northeast Georgia. We have an unusually high poverty rate, but our students want to learn. They have such a desire to explore and delve into things that they may not have an opportunity to do outside of school.

My Project

STEM allows students to answer questions such as why, what if and how might. Using the Science standards, these materials will help learning evolve into more of a fun activity. Whether it is figuring out how to make something stick by finding the right measurements of ingredients (baking soda, salt and cornstarch) or using Styrofoam balls to model the phases of the moon, students will have ownership in their instruction.

When students have access to hands-on experimenting, they are able to discover, explore, and problem solve.

Whether successful on the first try or having to improve their design/experiment and try again, students are gaining confidence in their learning.

Kindergarten-5th grade students will have the opportunity to use these materials in STEM class. The requested resources will be used for the following experiments....

*Kindergarten will learn about Matter by making cupcakes using the muffin trays and food coloring (liquid - solid)

*4th grade will use the styrofoam balls to create a model of the Solar System

*1st grade will use the playdough to create animals that go into their habitats.

*2nd grade will learn about density by coloring (food coloring) different liquids (honey, corn syrup, and olive oil) and layering them on top of each other.

*3rd grade will learn about the effects that water (spray bottle) has on the land by using the plastic trays, wooden rolling pins, and sand.

*5th grade will use cornstarch, citric acid, salt and baking soda to changing materials and irreversible actions.

Mrs. Costello
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 550 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wilton Easy-Flex Silicone Muffin and Cupcake Pan, 6-Cup • Amazon Business $9.36 6 $56.16
Sargent Art 85-3199 Art-Time Dough (Set of 6), Multicolored • Amazon Business $18.94 2 $37.88
Craft Styrofoam Balls (80 Pieces) for DIY Crafting and Decoration by My Toy House | 4 Sizes, White Color • Amazon Business $10.99 3 $32.97
Spice Supreme Assorted Food Colors Red Blue Green Yellow 1.2 Oz • Amazon Business $5.35 6 $32.10
Good Cook Classic Wood Rolling Pin • Amazon Business $4.98 6 $29.88
Wooster Brush BR549-11 Deluxe Plastic Tray, 11-Inch • Amazon Business $4.35 6 $26.10
Argo Corn Starch, 35 oz. • Amazon Business $8.29 3 $24.87
Karo Light Corn Syrup, 128-Ounce • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Milliard Citric Acid 10 Pound - 100% Pure Food Grade NON-GMO Project VERIFIED (10 Pound) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
GloryBee Clover Blend Honey, 5 Pound • Amazon Business $23.49 1 $23.49
Colavita Premium Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 68 Fluid Ounce • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Monterey Epsom Salt 4lb • Amazon Business $20.03 1 $20.03
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, Pure 16 Ounces, Pack of 8 • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Pottery Clay - 5 lb of Low Fire Cone 06 White Clay - Rocky Mountain Clay CT3 • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Duck Brand Bubble Wrap Roll, 3/16" Original Bubble Cushioning, 12" x 150', Perforated Every 12" (284054) • Amazon Business $16.88 1 $16.88
Empty Durable Round Spray Bottles - 8 Pack 24 Oz Refillable Sprayer for Essential Oil, Water, Kitchen, Bath, Beauty, Hair, and Cleaning - Durable Trigger Sprayer with Mist & Stream Modes • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49
Carlisle CT121603 Café Standard Cafeteria/Fast Food Tray, 12" x 16", Black • Amazon Business $2.72 6 $16.32
Hygloss Products Unfinished Wood Blocks - Blank Wooden Building Block Cubes – ½ Inches, 108 Pack • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Pure Organic Ingredients Play Sand by Fun, Educational, Creative Play. Specifically Filtered and Prepared for Children. (5 lb) • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Fleischmann's Instant Dry Yeast 2Pack (1lb bag Each) • Amazon Business $11.87 1 $11.87
Constructive Playthings CP-81 3 lb. Tub of Modeling Dough - Green, Grade: Kindergarten to 3 • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
Iberia Red Kidney Beans 4 lb • Amazon Business $10.09 1 $10.09
White Recyclable EPS Packing Peanuts by MT Products - (Approximately 0.60 Cubic Foot) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Wilton Easy-Flex Silicone Heart Mold, 24-Cavity for Ice Cubes, Gelatine, Baking and Candy • Amazon Business $9.43 1 $9.43
DECORA 500 Pieces 6mm -12mm Black Wiggle Googly Eyes with Self-adhesive • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79

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