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Mr. Heise from Ocean Springs MS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Tinkering Tykes Science Exploreum

My students need a variety of supplies such as glue, color changing powder, bottle caps, bouncy ball kits, and a dulcimer to teach music, chemistry, and physics to younger students.

  • $649 goal

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My Students

Our students are from a high poverty area, but have performed at high levels historically despite the adversity. The student population is almost a perfect split between students who live in suburbs, and those who live in very rural areas. These students have been accustomed to budget cuts in education, which has produced a gap in keeping up to date technology in the classrooms. Our school works very hard to stretch every dollar in order to provide the best possible curriculum for each student. However, in order for these students to compete for jobs in the modern world, technology inside the classroom must keep pace with the changes occurring outside the classroom. With the requested resources, students will have the opportunity to continue to be be engaged in our science classes.

My Project

Our goal is to host a science camp for grades K-6, designed, developed, and taught by their high school peers. Current high school students will work with the younger students to provide a peer tutored environment for science learning.

The goals of the camp are to excite, inspire, and encourage younger students to consider science as a field of study.

The dulcimer will give an introduction to music theory and the science of sound waves. By mixing glue and starch colored by thermo-reactive powders, the students will learn some basic chemistry while observing heat reactive properties of the color dye. The bottle caps will become wheels on balloon powered rocket cars! Finally, we will make bouncy balls to explore basic physics. Each student will have a hands-on peer-tutored experience in the physical sciences!

Mr. Heise
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
M4 Mahogany EQ Dulcimer • Woodwind and Brasswind $189.00 1 $189.00
Temperature Activated Thermochromic Color Changing Powder Pigment Multicolor Pack Changing at 77F/25C Perfect for Color Changing Slime Goo Silly Putty Play Doh • Amazon Business $33.99 3 $101.97
Scientific Explorer Ball Blast Bouncers • Amazon Business $8.53 10 $85.30
Elmer's Liquid School Glue, White, Washable, 1 Gallon, 2 Count - Great For Making Slime • Amazon Business $23.98 2 $47.96
28mm Plastic Screw Caps for PET Bottle, bag of 50 Sneaky Alcohol Caps Reseal Your Bottles Perfectly • Amazon Business $7.90 4 $31.60
neon nights 100g Phosphorescent Glow Pigment Luminous Color Pigments Glow in the Dark Neon Colored Paint Powder Afterglow, Color: Yellow-Green • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95

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