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Ms. Zeller from Harrisburg PA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM Tubs for Hands-On Science All Year Long!

Help me give my students the hands-on items that they need to explore science in a real and meaningful manner.

  • $464 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

The best two words to describe my students are "diverse" and "curious." The 24 unique students in my class include general education students, five students with autism and nine students with IEPs. Each student in my class has their own learning style, and I try to meet each student where they are and discover they learn to bring them to where they need to be academically. All of the students in my class are from low-income families and live in rented apartments and homes or in the nearby homeless shelter.

As a Title I school in an economically disadvantaged area, 100% of our students are on free lunch.

All of my students love the hands-on lessons and are curious to find out why thing work the way they do. Sadly, with the financial limitations of the community, parents cannot afford to help supply the classroom with the everyday tools needed to make hands-on learning readily available. Many of my students come to school lacking the basic supplies needed for learning, so as a classroom teacher, my colleagues and I provide most of the supplies the students use each day.

My Project

Hands-on science STEM tubs will help my students learn about scientific theories and actually experience the scientific process that makes the learning concrete. Through your generous help, students will have the opportunities to create mini-airplanes, test their design, and redesign as necessary to make better airplanes. They will engineer a bridge using wooden planks that will have to span 8 inches and see which design can carry the greatest load. Students will use the pattern blocks to discover symmetry in 2D and 3D shapes.

Your help and support open up a world of scientific​ possibilities for the students to discover.

It is the actual manipulation of materials that helps students discover their passions. The more opportunities students are given to plan, test, re-evaluate the plan, and test again, the more authentic is the learning process.

Thank you for giving my students the gift of education through your generous support.

Ms. Zeller
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Differentiated Base Ten Blocks, Class Set of 488, Includes 4 Base Ten Place Value Mats • Amazon Business $65.59 1 $65.59
Sterilite 17224812 Small Pencil Box, Splash Tint, 12-Pack • Amazon Business $24.63 2 $49.26
IRIS USA, Inc. TB-42 Stackable Clear Storage Box, 6 Pack 12 Quart Stack and Pull • Amazon Business $28.41 1 $28.41
ULT-unite 120pcs Wooden Dominos Blocks Set, Kids Game Educational Play Toy, Domino Racing Toy Game • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Lightaling Building Bricks Compatible with Lego - 1000 Pieces Bulk Building Blocks in Random Color - Mixed Shape - Includes 2 Figures • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 24-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Multi-Color, 3-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $19.39 1 $19.39
Hot Wheels 20 Car Gift Pack (Styles May Vary) • Amazon Business $18.89 1 $18.89
Scotch 5-Inch Soft Touch Pointed Kid Scissors, 12 Count Teacher Pack, Green (1442P-12) • Amazon Business $8.40 2 $16.80
ETA hand2mind 12-inch 4-in-1 Clear Plastic Safe-T Ruler (Pack of 30) • Amazon Business $16.80 1 $16.80
WXBOOM 1400pcs Diameter Sticky Back Coins Hook & Loop Self Adhesive Dots Tapes 20mm/0.7” (700sets) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Learning Resources Plastic Pattern Blocks (Set of 250) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Childcraft Linking Cube Set, 3/4 Inches, Assorted Colors, Set of 100 • Amazon Business $7.55 2 $15.10
Creativity Street Jumbo Chenille Stems Classroom Pack, 1,000-Count, Assorted Colors (AC9115-01) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Styrofoam Balls – 100-Pack Smooth and Round Polystyrene Foam Ball for Arts and Craft Use - Makes DIY Ornaments, White, 3 Different Sizes • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Bicycle Playing Card 4-pack - Standard Index • Amazon Business $9.47 1 $9.47
OrangeTag 200 Pieces Cats Eyes Glass Marble / Sling Shot Ammo • Amazon Business $8.16 1 $8.16
Eco Craft Stix STD114-CRAFT-A-500 Medium Wooden Craft Sticks, 0.1" Height, 0.6" width, 4.5" Length (Pack of 500) • Amazon Business $7.75 1 $7.75
Royal R820 Plain Round Toothpicks, Pack of 800 • Amazon Business $3.91 1 $3.91

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