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Mrs. Cope from San Marcos CA is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM/Coding: Welcoming First Graders to the Future

My students need inspiring STEM learning toys to enliven their imaginations and an iPad for coding apps to strengthen their problem-solving skills.

  • $537 goal

This project expired on May 24, 2018.

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My Students

My students attend a Title 1 school where 98% are English Learners and most come from low-income households. All students at our school and in my class receive free breakfast and lunch every day. The majority of students live in apartments within walking distance of our school, which makes our school community feel even more like a family.

Like lots of first graders, my students are eager to learn and are very curious about the world.

They love to be creative, use technology, and work together. Many of my students do not have computers or internet access at home. Even though that makes it tricky to access their digital learning programs from home, they work very hard to reach their goals. Some come before school to work on computers in the library. My students are kind and caring. They love to celebrate each others' successes. School is our happy place!

My Project

These resources will be used in a STEM/Coding rotation where students collaborate in small groups to learn through exploration at each station. An iPad (in a kid-proof case!) will give my students access to coding apps like Scratch Jr., Tynker, and Kodable. These programs teach flexible thinking, problem-solving, and perseverance. And they are fun! Coding is predicted to be one of the most in-demand skills of the future, spanning many industries and careers, and I want my students to be prepared for the world they will live in.

My students need materials that will help them develop into creative problem-solvers who have the power to persevere and the wisdom to collaborate.

Botley is a student-friendly robot system that operates with a programable remote and smart accessories. This is a screen-free way for my students to learn coding and collaborate with peers as they find ways for Botley to maneuver on paths and around obstacles.

Speaking of screen-free... there's nothing like a tub of LEGOs or a box of K'NEX to get a young learner's imagination going! These are favorites amongst my students, and something that not all of them have to play with at home. They will have the freedom to invent, build, and explore during a Free Build rotation or they will be challenged to problem-solve in a Construct This rotation where they select a picture card (a bridge, a plane, a skyscraper..) and try to recreate the image.

Students will also test their building and coding skills with the Code&Go Robot Mouse Set (and plenty of batteries of course!). This awesome maze kit and robotic mouse bring experimentation and exploration to the next level! I can't wait to see what incredible obstacles they will come up with to trap a robo-mouse!

Mrs. Cope
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 23 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Apple iPad 3 Retina Display Tablet 32GB, Wi-Fi, Black (Certified Refurbished) • Amazon Business $197.08 1 $197.08
Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set, 77 Pieces • Amazon Business $70.23 1 $70.23
Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set, 83 Pieces • Amazon Business $34.98 1 $34.98
K'NEX Imagination Makers Building Set (382 Piece) • Amazon Business $29.49 1 $29.49
LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696 • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Pepkoo Ipad 2/3/4 Case Plastic Kid Proof Extreme Duty Dual Protective Back Cover with Kickstand and Sticker for Ipad 4/3/2 - Rainproof Sandproof Dust-proof Shockproof (Black/blue) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
AmazonBasics AAA Performance Alkaline Batteries (36 Count) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99

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