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Ms. R. from Newport News VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

There's an Engineer in Me

My students need materials that lend themselves to STEM: books for reading, paper to draw their designs, and Gears and Tinker Toys to create.

  • $226 goal

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My Students

My students come from a low income/high-poverty part of the city where they need opportunities to succeed. Four-and five-year-old children need to start their learning journey early.

I teach at a Title I school in Virginia where 100% of our students receive free breakfast and lunch.

For some of my students, this is their first school experience and I want to make it a great one. They enjoy building, creating, and drawing. Now it is time to combine all of these into STEM.

My Project

For the last few years, I had the privilege of teaching in our district's summer program. The program was to introduce and or enhance the child's understanding of STEM. I was teaching uprising Kindergartners.

When I explained STEM to them and what each letter stood for they struggled with the E for engineering.

There are so many aspects of STEM. I believe the foundation of STEM at such a young age should be the process of first thinking of an idea, drawing/designing your plan, creating, and improving upon it. The books such as: Iggy Peck, Architect, Ada Twist, Scientist, and Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You will help the students identify with being a scientist. The other books to include: How to Build an A ,If I Built a Car, and Beep Beep Robot! A Spinning Gears Book will give them and inspire them to create while using the Gears and Tinker Toys along with other building materials we have in our classroom. The paper will be available for them to draw their design before building.

I think these books and materials will help my students during the regular school year and give them the stepping stones to understanding and utilizing STEM.

Ms. R.
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
How to Build an A • Amazon Business $16.85 2 $33.70
TINKERTOY 65 Piece Essentials Value Set • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Deluxe Building Set, 100 Pieces • Amazon Business $24.40 1 $24.40
Iggy Peck, Architect • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
HP Printer Paper, Home & Office20, 8.5 x 11, Letter, 92 Bright, 300 Sheets/1 Ream (200300R) Made In The USA • Amazon Business $6.35 2 $12.70
Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
If I Built a Car • Amazon Business $7.74 1 $7.74
Beep Beep Robot! A Spinning Gears Book • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
National Geographic Readers: Robots • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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