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Mrs. Skinner from Houston TX is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The Sensory Music Experience Vol. 2

Help me give my students Neopixel lights, microvibration motors, aromatherapy, and audio/visual sensors and components to build their self-designed sensory music devices for people with disabilities or disorders.

  • $997 goal

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My Students

Every day in my class students collaborate on multi-disciplinary projects. By the end of the school year, I want my students to be able to collaborate effectively with their peers and be able to take their knowledge into the real world and apply it.

My students come from all over the city of Houston and from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and educational experiences.

All of my classes contain a variety of students at many different levels. I have students with special needs and learning disabilities in every class as well as gifted and talented students. Because of the variety of cultures, incomes, and educational experiences, my classes are extremely diverse and makes for rich discussions and socializing opportunities.

Our high school is a STEM, magnet school where students are chosen through a lottery system. The mode of instruction at our school is project-based learning. I have the privilege of receiving students their first year and get to help them figure out how they can positively contribute their unique abilities to our already thriving school culture. There can be challenges with so many disadvantaged students, but the rewards outweigh the challenges.

My Project

My students have all used the project management and engineering design processes in order to create a sensory music experience for people with disabilities or disorders. Some of them are working with people who having hearing impairments, but most of them chose to serve people and possibly other students who suffer from anxiety or depression.

Students are creating sensory music experiences by programming Adafruit Neopixel lights, vibration motors, and other devices in order to make visual and/or vibration sensations for their users.

For the groups who chose to work with disorders, the devices will be used as sensory music therapy devices based on research that the students conducted. Some project ideas include: LED music visualizers to soothing or upbeat music; massage therapy devices to upbeat or calming music; a lavender scented bubble machine; and massaging gloves and socks. Due to the range of student-led projects we will be using wearable materials such as gloves, socks, and sweatbands as well as aromatic items such as aromatherapy. In addition, students will be using light, sound, and touch sensors for their projects.

Hurricane Harvey was traumatic for many of my students and these resources can help students who are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey by helping them to focus on others and to focus on treating some of the disorders that are associated with natural disasters. The project itself has helped students by talking about trauma and depression which many of my students have after experiencing the destruction that Harvey caused.

Mrs. Skinner
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 136 students.

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HKBAYI 4M 5V 60Leds/M 240pixels programmable WS2812B RGB 5050 LED strip Individually addressable dream color Waterproof IP67 PCB Black • Amazon Business $28.89 6 $173.34
BestTong 15 Pcs DC 3V 12000RPM Two Wired 10mm x 3mm Coin Cell Phone Vibration Motor • Amazon Business $12.08 6 $72.48
Darice Display Board, Corrugated Cardboard, White, 36 x 48 inches, Non-Standard • Amazon Business $12.44 3 $37.32
Gikfun 3.5mm Stereo Female Socket Audio Jack 5Pin PCB Panel Mount Connector PJ325 for Arduino (Pack of 10pcs) EK1776 • Amazon Business $6.78 4 $27.12
RioRand RR-PWM-15V Low Voltage Dc 1.8v 3v 5v 6v 12v 2a Motor Speed Controller PWM • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
Adafruit Bicolor LED Square Pixel Matrix with I2C Backpack [ADA902] • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
18 Gauge AWG 2 Conductor Electrical Wire - 110 Ft Red and 110 Ft Black 18 AWG Copper Stranded Wire, LED Strip Extension, Home Stereo Speaker, Audio, Automotive Hookup Wire Cable • Amazon Business $22.50 1 $22.50
Rocky Men's Athletic Tube Socks Over the Calf 6 Pairs - 24" Length Size 9-15,white • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones Waterproof IPX7, Wireless Earbuds Sport, Richer Bass HiFi Stereo In-Ear Earphones w/ Mic, Case, 7-9 Hrs Playback Noise Cancelling Headsets (Comfy & Fast Pairing) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Hilitchi 250-Piece 10 Values NPN PNP Power General Purpose Transistors Assortment Kit - BC327-BC558 • Amazon Business $9.98 2 $19.96
Tragoods Heart Rate Monitor Sensor for Arduino, Pulse Sensor Plug-in for Arduino, Pulse Sensor Pulsesensor Sensor Module • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Ceramic Capacitor Assortment Kit - Set of 600 Small Assorted Capacitors from 100 nF to 10 uF in a Box - Non-Polarized Disc Capacitor Component Set from Plusivo • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing for Home Office Baby • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Ofeely 3.7V 2500mAh 405585 Lithium Polymer Battery Li ion Rechargeable Accumulator For Mobile Power Bank DIY E-book • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Cylewet 12Pcs 1A 250V AC 2 Pins SPST Momentary Mini Push Button Switch Normal Open (Pack of 12) CYT1078 • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Hook up Wire Kit (Stranded Wire Kit) 22 Guage (6 different colored 25 Foot spools included) - EX ELECTRONIX EXPRESS • Amazon Business $15.75 1 $15.75
MagicW Digital 38khz Ir Receiver 38khz Ir Transmitter Sensor Module Kit for Arduino Compatible • Amazon Business $7.80 2 $15.60
Gaiam Relax USB Aromatherapy Diffuser • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
LUCKYGO Workout Headbands for Women Men, Highly Absorbent Non-slip Sweatbands, Super Soft Stretchy Bandana Headband, Sweat Wicking Head Band for Sports Fitness Fashion Running Yoga Exercise Tennis • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
White Card Stock Paper | 8 ½ x 11 Inches | Letter (US) Paper Size | 50 Sheets Per Pack | 80lb Cover Smooth (216gsm) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Striveday™ 30 AWG Flexible Silicone Wire Electric wire 30 gauge Coper Hook Up Wire 300V Cables electronic stranded wire cable electrics DIY BOX-1 • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
15 Pack Vibration Motor DC 3V 12000RPM Two Wired 10mm x 2.7mm Coin Cell Phone Vibration Motor DIY Micro Robots Vibrator Motor • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Arm Protection Sleeve, Ideapro Kevlar Sleeve 40cm Cut Resitant Burn Protective Anti Abrasion Safety Arm Guard for Garden Kitchen Farm Work 1 Pair (Black) • Amazon Business $11.67 1 $11.67
Lagunamoon Essential Oils Top 6 Gift Set Pure Essential Oils for Diffuser, Humidifier, Massage, Aromatherapy, Skin & Hair Care • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Adafruit Electret Microphone Amplifier - MAX9814 with Auto Gain Control [ADA1713] • Amazon Business $10.54 1 $10.54
Adafruit Electret Microphone Amplifier - MAX9814 with Auto Gain Control [ADA1713] • Amazon Business $10.54 1 $10.54
VELCRO Brand ONE WRAP Thin Ties | Strong & Reusable | Perfect for Fastening Wires & Organizing Cords | Black, 8 x 1/2-Inch | 100 Count • Amazon Business $10.27 1 $10.27
ELEGIANT Colored Insulation Cable B-30-1000 250M 30 AWG 8-Wire Test Wrapping Wire, Tinned Copper Solid Cable • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
3D Hologram Pyramid Projector For Smartphone iPhone iPad Samsung Galaxy Sony Xperia Tablet Naked Eye 3D Video Display Prism For All Smart Phone Cell Phone • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
560PCS Heat Shrink Tubing 2:1, Eventronic Electrical Wire Cable Wrap Assortment Electric Insulation Heat Shrink Tube Kit with Box(5 colors/12 Sizes) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Rocketek Bluetooth USB Adapter Bluetooth 4.0 Dongle Adapter for PC, Low Energy USB Bluetooth Adapter Transmitter and Receiver for Windows 10/8 / 7 / Vista - Plug and Play for Win 7 and Above • Amazon Business $8.88 1 $8.88
E Support 1590B 115x65x35mm Aluminum Metal Stomp Box Case Enclosure Guitar Effect Pedal • Amazon Business $8.59 1 $8.59
Hosa Breakout Cable, Mini Stereo 3.5 mm to Phone Mono 6.3 mm, 1-Pack (CMP159) • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
Darice 1021-13 Miracle Bubbles Solution Refill, 64-Ounce Bottle Colors May Vary • Amazon Business $8.13 1 $8.13
Dogs and Cats Patterned Fleece Throw Blanket - 50in X 60in • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
CLC 124L Workright Flex Grip Work Gloves, Shrink Resistant, Improved Dexterity, Tough, Stretchable, Excellent Grip • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Micro USB Charging Cable, 2 Pack(6ft Wht+10ft Blk) Android Phone Fast Charger Cord with Extra Long Length for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge/S7/S6 Edge/S6, Note 5/4/2, HTC, LG G4, BlackBerry, Motorola, Sony • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
CQRobot Arduino Speaker 3 Watt 8 Ohm, JST-PH2.0 interface. It is Ideal a Variety Small Electronic Projects. • Amazon Business $7.87 1 $7.87
Planet Waves 4 String 9V Power Adapter (PW-CT-9V) • Amazon Business $7.33 1 $7.33
Cylewet 2Pcs Diameter 5cm 8ohm 0.5W Loudspeaker Woofer Small Speaker for Arduino (Pack of 2) CYT1025 • Amazon Business $6.38 1 $6.38
FISHBERG Pack of 2 Silver & Gold Men's Slim Money Clip Stainless Steel Credit Card Holder Pocket Cash Wallet (Silver + Golden) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Embroidex Sewing Kit for Home, Travel & Emergencies - Filled with Quality Notions Scissor & Thread - Great Gift • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Bullet Face Copper Foil Tape with Double-Sided Conductive (1/4inch X 21.8yards)- EMI Shielding,Stained Glass,Soldering,Electrical Repairs,Slug Repellent,Paper Circuits,Grounding (1/4inch) • Amazon Business $5.88 1 $5.88

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