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Mrs. Hardymon from Henrico VA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Tinkering and STEM

My students need STEM materials such as 3D printer, filament, Ozobots, and Spheros to make their ideas come alive.

  • $1,244 goal

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My Students

I love my school. We have a diverse population, where every student has experiences to bring to the classroom. Our students love to explore and create using different resources, activities, and simulations.

In class, I provide my students with hands-on experiences to grasp concepts, understand new ideas, and connect to real-world situations.

I use lots of manipulatives, songs, and games to teach concepts. The students at my school respond favorably to this approach to teaching and rise to the occasion.

My Project

Students will read the books from this project about kids and adults that have tinkered with big ideas and have gone on to do amazing things. After reading the books, students will use the coding games, little bits, Ozobots, and kid flakes to problem solve and find answers to real life problems.

The 3-D printer will be pivotal in the classroom, as students bring to life their computer generated projects.

Students get excited about building experiments out of cardboard, toilet paper rolls, and yarn. The 3-D printer will be a game changer as students are able to take those prototypes and create their products.

Mrs. Hardymon
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 25 students.

22 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer v2 - White With Heated (120 x 120 x 120 mm) Build Plate, Fully Assembled + Free Sample PLA Filament And MicroSD Card Preloaded With Printable 3D Models • Amazon Business $199.99 1 $199.99
Ozobot Bit Coding Robot (Blue) • Amazon Business $47.99 3 $143.97
Sphero Mini Orange: The App-Controlled Robot Ball • Amazon Business $49.99 2 $99.98
littleBits Base Kit - Rule Your Room • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
littleBits Bubble Bot Starter Kit (9 Piece) • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
littleBits Crawly Creature Starter Kit (10 Piece) • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
littleBits Arcade Game Starter Kit (11 Piece) • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women • Amazon Business $3.38 8 $27.04
Think Fun Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Toy of the Year Award Winner • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
IMDEN Magnetic Blocks, Magnetic Building Set, Magnetic Tiles, Educational Toys for Baby/Kids, 92 Piece • Amazon Business $24.98 1 $24.98
Kahootz Spirograph Deluxe Design Set • Amazon Business $24.24 1 $24.24
HATCHBOX PLA 3D Printer Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.03 mm, 1 kg Spool, 1.75 mm, White • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
HATCHBOX PLA 3D Printer Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.03 mm, 1 kg Spool, 1.75 mm, Black • Amazon Business $22.31 1 $22.31
Hasbro Rubik's Cube • Amazon Business $6.79 3 $20.37
Think Fun Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Tons of Fun With Over 20 Awards Won, International Bestseller for Over 20 Years • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Egghead Heavy Duty Kids’ Headphone w/Tangle-Free Cord, Blue • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Think Fun Code Master Programming Logic Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Teaches Programming Skills Through Fun Gameplay • Amazon Business $16.77 1 $16.77
Iggy Peck, Architect • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Galimoto (Reading Rainbow Book) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Creative Kids Flakes - 600 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set for Fun, Creative Building - Educational STEM Construction Toy for Boys & Girls - Non Toxic, Ages 3 & Up (tub colors may vary) • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $14.01 1 $14.01
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
How to Code a Sandcastle • Amazon Business $13.24 1 $13.24
What Do You Do With a Chance? • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
What Do You Do With an Idea? • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
Peg + Cat: The Pizza Problem • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
What Do You Do With a Problem? • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $9.23 1 $9.23
What Do You Believe? (Big Questions) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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