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Mrs. Amato from Staten Island NY is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

STEMed Through Music!

Help me give my students Sphero Specdrums that will allow students with multiple disabilities to experience STEM learning through music and movement that would not otherwise be possible.

  • $173 goal

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My Students

I am a New York City public school educator. I am a part of a district which is a cohort of many schools across our city and has the highest amount of special needs students. Our district is specifically designed to educate students with disabilities. My students have Autism and multiple disabilities. They are also economically disadvantaged. Our district works a 12-month program, so it is essential to have appropriate educational materials and curriculum to support them and meet their individualized learning needs.

I teach students with disabilities and 100% of my students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.

Students often come to us with many struggles from home. I want their education to be fun and exciting. In my classroom, we use technology to learn and grow!

For children with disabilities, it is essential to be able to adapt learning to their needs. For children with disabilities, it is essential to have supplies for hands-on project-based learning. Not all of my students will attend college, but inspiring them to find a love of learning in order to find a career when they leave us is essential. I can only do that with your help!

My Project

Students learn from hands-on experiences. There is no better way to teach our students about STEM fields to build an interest than by letting them learn and grow by doing. My students have many multiple disabilities. Some cannot physically grasp items, some lack the ability to move around. These students still deserve a STEM education and experiences in STEM. I want to open them up to new experiences. These Specdrums allow my students to experience music and build an understanding of how technology connects to the world around them. These Specdrums will create music by tapping colors in the world around them. For students who cannot always access a full curriculum, this will let them literally tap and learn. They will be learning STEM through play. By giving these students a background in STEM, it will allow them to succeed in the future and train for a possible career. My students are some of the most disabled in our district and need more opportunities to inspire them for the ability to learn future vocational skills. If we can find something that interests them at an early age, we can tailor our learning towards their interests and skills. Our students stay with us from 3 years old to 21 years old. By giving them this opportunity it will not only help them today but throughout the rest of their lives.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sphero Specdrums (2 Rings) App-Enabled Musical Rings with Play Pad Included - Create Sounds, Loops, Beats for Musicians of Any Skill Level - STEAM Educational Music Toy for Kids • Amazon Business $99.99 1 $99.99
Star Right Blank Flash Cards with Rings in Assorted Colors; 1000 Index Cards - Single Hole Punched with 5 Rings, 2x3 inch for School, Learning, Memory, Recipe Cards and More • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99

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