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Mrs. Dalisky from Silverton OR is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Thinking Outside the STEM Box

My students need LEGOs, blocks, straws, toothpicks, dominoes, pipe cleaners, craft sticks, Play-Doh and other supplies for our STEM boxes in order to promote critical thinking and teamwork.

  • $384 goal

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My Students

A parent to help with homework, a warm meal on the table and clean clothes to wear to school are things that many of my students only dream of. Over 50% of my students receive free or reduced price lunch, but these barriers don't stop them from loving school and doing their best.

No matter what baggage students walk through my door with, they find a place where everyone matters, everyone has value and everyone has something to offer.

Our classroom is built on respect and a love of learning.

My students see school as a safe place; a place where they know they are loved and cared for. My students are eager to learn, want to do well and are highly motivated by a good read aloud, technology and each other.

My Project

These LEGOs, blocks, straws, toothpicks, dominoes, pipe cleaners, craft sticks, Play-Doh and other materials will help create STEM boxes for students to explore and build with. Students will be given a box with a set of supplies inside and a task or challenge to build. Students will build bridges, homes, mazes, and other creations only using the materials in their boxes! The boxes will provide new opportunities for my students to be creative, enhance their learning, problem-solve and build social skills.

The US Bureau of Statistics says that in the next 20 years, 80% of jobs will require technical skills.

Students crave activities in which they can use hands-on materials to learn. What better way to do that than to ask them to solve real-world problems with concrete materials? These boxes will promote critical thinking skills as students find creative ways to approach these problems. They will also be integrated into science, math, social studies, and literacy. With your help, my students will be able to reach their goals and become life-long problem solvers!

Mrs. Dalisky
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 31 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Creative LEGO Brick Set • LEGO Education $62.95 1 $62.95
Brain Blox Wooden Building Blocks for Kids - Building Planks Set, STEM Toy for Boys and Girls (200 Pieces) • Amazon Business $34.95 1 $34.95
GLOUE Magnetic Blocks, Building Blocks,Magnetic Toy contain Square, Triangle, Large Triangle Magnets Toys for Girls & Boys - Deluxe Set (64pcs) (All Building Blocks) • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Hands-On Math Base Blocks (111 Pieces) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.76 3 $20.28
Learning Resources Plastic Pattern Blocks (Set of 250) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Serve Clean Round Toothpicks, 5000 Count • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 2-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up, (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Butler in the Home 140 Count Bag of 5/8" Cube Wood Art Craft Math Counting or Small Building Blocks for Kids - 70 Unfinished 70 Color • Amazon Business $7.49 2 $14.98
1000pcs adhesive (500 Pair Sets) 0.78in Diameter Sticky Back Coins Hook & Loop Self Adhesive Dots Tapes (White) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
ULT-unite 120pcs Wooden Dominos Blocks Set, Kids Game Educational Play Toy, Domino Racing Toy Game • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Party Bargains Mini Red Disposable Shot Glasses | Plastic Shot Cups, Jello Shots, Jager Bomb, Beer Pong, Perfect Size for Serving Condiments, Snacks, Samples and Tastings - 2oz | Pack of 120. • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Caydo 342 Pcs Pipe Cleaners Chenille Stem 6 mm x 12 Inch, Assorted Colors, Smooth Processing at Both Ends, Safe and Humanized Design • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Popsicle Wood Colored Craft Stick, 4-1/2-Inch - Pack Of 240 - Ideal For Crafters, Teachers, And Students • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Oxford Blank Index Cards, 3" x 5", White, 300 pack (10013) • Amazon Business $2.44 3 $7.32
Party Bargains White Flexible Bendy Straws | Individual Wrapped Drinking Straw Perfect for Busy Cafeterias and Dining Halls - Standard Size | Pack of 400 • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98

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