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Mr. Vizthum from Fresno CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Students Working With Hands

My students need 5 portable workbenches, a band saw, and a drill press to complete hands-on projects.

  • $1,011 goal

This project expired on July 27, 2018.

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My Students

In a STEM magnet school, my students are bused in from locations all over the city I work in. Many of my students catch the school bus before their peers would even imagine waking up. They do this to be part of the unique opportunity offered at my school. My students know that the great education they receive is their first step toward changing the world they live in.

Minority students from all measured groups at my school score proficient at a rate more than 50% above state average in English, more than 40% above in Math, and more than 40% above in Science.

My school provides an opportunity for students with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to engage in two years of rigorous coursework exploring STEM. Before you think my school is one set aside for the "privileged," please know that my campus is classified as a highest poverty school. It is not a school for the privileged, but it is a school for the dedicated. My school is a school for students who are willing to work for something more, and shatter the achievement gap.

My Project

Students tell me all the time that they love learning when they get to use their hands. In their opinion, "the more interactive and messy the better". I work very hard to provide them opportunities to use their hands as often as I can, but I often find myself running out of space for students to work.

There is nothing worse than losing student engagement because there is simply not enough space for students to work on their projects.

With the portable workstations in this project, I will be able to give students more options about where they work. This means I can spread groups out much more effectively, and it means much of my space issue is resolved. I do not currently have a band saw in my room, and it will greatly help to have one. Additionally, the one drill press I have is simply not enough for the number of students who need to use it, and I am asking for your help to acquire a second one.

Mr. Vizthum
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 220 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Keter Folding Compact Workbench Sawhorse Work Table with Clamps 1000 lb Capacity • Amazon Business $69.99 5 $349.95
WEN 3962 Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Worklight, 10" • Amazon Business $248.85 1 $248.85
Genesis GDP1005A 10" 5-Speed 4.1 Amp Drill Press with 5/8" Chuck, with Integrated work light and Table that Rotates and Tilts • Amazon Business $149.99 1 $149.99

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