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Mrs. Yates from Valparaiso FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Wand Chooses the Wizard

My students need Kano Harry Potter Wand Building Coding kits to ignite their passion for STEM and coding.

  • $272 goal

This project expired on December 22, 2018.

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My Students

I am biased, but I teach the best students at the best school in the world. Our students face numerous challenges, but they still work their hardest to achieve their goals daily.

Our school is a K-8 school, considered high poverty by the state, with roughly 800 students, who are largely special needs or have a parent serving in the military.

We have the second highest population of special needs children, ESE children, and children who have a one or both parents in the military in our district.

We are a Title I school with minimal resources. Every teacher at our school works to provide our students with a first-class education while helping them to overcome the many obstacles in their lives.

Our students are in before and after school care, due to one or both parents serving in the military and often deploying. Our students experience a transient life of homelessness, displacement and adjusting to new environments, expectations, and education standards due to life in the military or poverty. I strive to help my students transition fluidly through these challenges and work hard to catch them up on the curriculum they've missed.

My Project

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." I teach at an NAESP-member school. I have the honor of teaching a class of gifted middle school students for the first time in our school's history. These students are bright, curious and gregarious. Most of the boys are interested in technology and sciences, but the girls haven't shown must interest. I'd like to change that. I want my girls to approach STEM like Ginny Weasley: " sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve."

We all love Harry Potter and the Kano Wand Coding kit is the perfect way to get my girls interest in STEM activities.

Harry Potter is a wonderful series with inspiring life lessons throughout. A major theme is the ability to overcome overwhelming odds regardless of obstacles. "It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” My students all share a love for Harry Potter. I want to use these Harry Potter wand kits to bring all my students on board with learning to code.

My students need an outlet for their creativity and an innovative way to learn coding. "Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?" These kits will allow my students to build their own wand, code programs through an iPad/tablet, and then use the wand to control the program they coded. "Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than what we are now: students. If they can do it, why not us?" Please consider helping my young wizards learn to code and find a new passion for STEM.

Mrs. Yates
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit – Build a Wand. Learn to Code. Make Magic • Amazon Business $99.00 2 $198.00

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