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Mrs. Mayer from Aliso Viejo CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The Magic Happens During Genius Hour: Makerspace Mindset

Help me give my students a well-equipped makerspace complete with all the tools and resources needed to fuel creativity and innovative ideas during Genius Hour.

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My Students

Our school is diverse both economically and demographically. Each year, I try to find new and innovative ways to improve my teaching to benefit the needs of all my students. With Common Core standards, STEM integration and the makerspace movement, I have learned to release some control of my classroom to more student-directed inquiry. Every child has capabilities, talents, and strengths; sometimes, all it takes is exposure or motivation. They are the ones who motivate, inspire and drive the focus of my lessons each day.

With a wide range of learning styles each year, I want to encourage my student to explore their passions during "Genius Hour".

They will have an opportunity to research, be creative and produce projects that interest them in a classroom setting.

My Project

I want to empower my students and encourage them to take responsibility for their learning by creating an environment that promotes independence, creativity, inventiveness and perseverance.

My goal for this project is to develop a makerspace environment with hands-on activities using Osmo-Genius, Ozobot, Stem challenge cards, 3D printing pen, and Snap Circuits.

This will provide my students with the vehicle and purpose for learning. They will use these items to become innovators and critical thinkers to solve real-world problems.

During the "Genius Hour", students will generate a question that inspires them. They will use these useful tools to research and experiment to dig deeper on the topic. As a result, this will help my students become lifelong learners in the 21st century!

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ozobot Evo Educator Entry Kit - BLE Coding Robot & Teacher Training in 2 Ways to Code - STEM & STEAM for Grades K–12 (White) • Amazon Business $99.00 1 $99.00
Diagona Designs JAS2046-8X10 Rug, 7'10" x 9'10", 2046-Teal/Multi • Amazon Business $84.99 1 $84.99
Genesis 3D Printing Pen - Supports PCL and PLA Filaments, Easy to Use and Operate (Jet Black) • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Sphero Mini Green: App-Controlled Robotic Ball, STEM Learning and Coding Toy, Ages 5 and Up • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Snap Circuits Classic SC-300 Electronics Exploration Kit | Over 300 Projects | Full Color Project Manual | 60+ Snap Circuits Parts | STEM Educational Toy for Kids 8+ • Amazon Business $41.99 1 $41.99
Playz Ridiculous Inventions Science Kits for Kids - Energy, Electricity & Magnetic Experiments Set - Build Electric Circuits, Motors, Telegraphic Messages, Robotics, Compasses, Switches, and much more • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
SmartLab Toys Archi-Tech Electronic Smart House - 62 Pieces - 20 Projects - Includes Light and Sound • Amazon Business $36.68 1 $36.68
The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces (Corwin Teaching Essentials) • Amazon Business $25.60 1 $25.60
3D Pen/3D Printer Filament,1.75mm PLA Filament Pack of 24 Different Colors,High-Precision Diameter Filament, Each Color 10 Feet, Total 240 Feet Lengths by Mika3d • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Aenllosi Organizer Storage Case for Sphero Mini The App-Controlled Robot Ball (Gray) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
The Growth Mindset Coach: A Teacher's Month-by-Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48

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