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Mrs. Maiolo from North Port FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM Trailblazers Inspire Readers

My students need STEM biographies to engage and inspire my reluctant readers.

  • $419 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach third grade at a diverse, Title I school in Southwest Florida. Our students come from numerous cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are an "A" school and one of 27 schools chosen by The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC) for "Exceeding Expectations." Through lots of hard work, our school continues to help our students succeed.

I encourage lots of independent reading time in my classroom, and I expect my students to read from a range of genres.

The biography section of our classroom library needs a major makeover! I want to provide my students with more diverse people to read about!

My Project

For this project, I am requesting biographies about inspirational STEM trailblazers (both historical and current) to add to our classroom library. These books are at a perfect grade level to make them accessible to my students. These books include biographies of the creators of YouTube, GoPro, Minecraft, and other technologies that are relevant to my students. My students love to read biographies, and I need a greater variety of this genre to keep their interest! It is my hope to build up enough biographies about STEM trailblazers to create a separate biography tub in my library for them.

Readers of all ages can find much to consider, relate to, and celebrate when they read stories of people who’ve had an impact on our lives and culture.

I hope that having access to these books provides my students with the ability to learn more about the important contributions of STEM trailblazers in the past and today. Thank you for helping me provide this inspiration for my students!

I teach at an NAESP-member school. Reference ID: NAESP

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Vaccine Innovators Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Nasa Mathematician Katherine Johnson (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Space Engineer and Scientist Margaret Hamilton (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Nintendo Video Game Designer Shigeru Miyamoto (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Mars Science Lab Engineer Diana Trujillo (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Flickr Cofounder and Web Community Creator Caterina Fake (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Science Educator and Advocate Bill Nye (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Animal Scientist and Activist Jane Goodall (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Google Cybersecurity Expert Parisa Tabriz (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Genius Physicist Albert Einstein (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
NASA Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Ipod and Electronics Visionary Tony Fadell (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Astronaut Mae Jemison (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Computer Scientist Jean Bartik (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Astronaut and Physicist Sally Ride (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Nuclear Physicist Chien-Shiung Wu (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Mathematician and Computer Scientist Grace Hopper (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Super Soaker Inventor Lonnie Johnson (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Urban Biologist Danielle Lee (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Facebook Founder and Internet Entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Environmental Activist Wangari Maathai (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
Programming Pioneer Ada Lovelace (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.88 1 $8.88
Inventor, Engineer, and Physicist Nikola Tesla (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Code-Breaker and Mathematician Alan Turing (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
Minecraft Creator Markus "Notch" Persson (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Google Glass and Robotics Innovator Sebastian Thrun (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.12 1 $8.12
SpaceX and Tesla Motors Engineer Elon Musk (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.03 1 $8.03
Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Computer Engineer Ruchi Sanghvi (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Genetics Expert Joanna L. Kelley (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Aerospace Engineer Aprille Ericsson (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Youtube Founders Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $7.47 1 $7.47
Astronaut Ellen Ochoa (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $7.42 1 $7.42
Environmentalist Rachel Carson (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $7.28 1 $7.28
Astrophysicist and Space Advocate Neil Degrasse Tyson (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $6.37 1 $6.37
GoPro Inventor Nick Woodman (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $6.28 1 $6.28
Alternate Reality Game Designer Jane Mcgonigal (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $5.88 1 $5.88

Materials cost

$320.71

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.81

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$355.52

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$62.74

Total project goal

$418.26

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$418.26

1 Donor

-$209.13

Donations toward project cost

-$177.76

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$31.37

match offer

-$209.13

Match offer toward project cost

-$177.76

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$31.37

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$0.00

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