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Mrs. Johnson from Wichita KS is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Tinkering with STEM Tools

My students need kinesthetic manipulatives to challenge their STEM capabilities and cooperative learning skills.

  • $241 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students in my classroom come from diverse backgrounds and have the privilege to learn in a school that focuses mainly on technology and technology integration. This is a privilege that many do not have at home, as some students do not have access to a computer or the proper hands-on materials necessary for facilitating learning. It is an amazing experience for my first graders, and the passion and excitement they hold for such an opportunity is a constant in the classroom.

The joy and dedication my students exhibit in the classroom drives my desire to help them grow, both independently and as collaborators.

My goal as their teacher is to help foster their cooperative learning skills to prepare them for an ever-evolving future where collaboration is key. The eagerness, motivation, and drive are all there; I just need the tools to help implement kinesthetic learning in the classroom.

My Project

Studies show that as we enter a more technological era, careers will start to focus on collaboration and creativity in the workplace. Teaching cooperative learning strategies is crucial at a young age, as students learn to work together to achieve a goal. I will utilize hands-on materials throughout the day to challenge my students with different collaborative and independent tasks to teach them independence, problem solving, and a strong cooperative work ethic.

With the creation of STEM bins in my classroom, students will be able to create beyond their wildest imaginings.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. These materials will be used with task cards to create specific structures. The task cards will challenge their young minds to use the materials in non-conventional ways. For instance, how could you build a bridge using 2-dimensional materials? It is amazing how innovative 6 and 7 year olds are, especially when given the freedom to be so.

These STEM bins will be used before school during morning work, for early finishers, and for inside recess. The materials need to be durable and dependable so that they can last for years to come. The skills my students learn while using these materials can be used in all aspects of both their educational and personal experiences.

Mrs. Johnson
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
WITKA 200 Pieces Magnetic Building Block Toys, Children Intelligence Learning Toys and Brain Training Set for Kids and Adults • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
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
Peradix Building Toys 111 PCS Flexible Building Sticks for Kids STEM Learning Toys Set Educational Activity, DIY Gift Soft Bendable Sculpting Sticks Motor Skill Toys Building Blocks with Storage Bag • Amazon Business $27.59 1 $27.59
Dreambuildertoy building bricks 1040 pieces set, 1000 basic building blocks in 10 popular colors,40 bonus fun shapes includes wheels, doors, Windows, compatible to all major brands • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
EMIDO 480 Pcs Building Toy Building Blocks Bars Different Shape Educational Construction Engineering Set 3D Puzzle , Interlocking Creative Connecting Kit, A Great STEM Toy for Both Boys and Girls! • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
PlayShire Brain Flakes - LARGE 500 + 100 EXTRA Pieces STEM Toy Set. FREE 30+ Designs Idea Book | NON-TOXIC Kids Toy | Educational & Creative Construction/Building Toy | Fun Learning Boys & Girls Toy • Amazon Business $14.97 1 $14.97

Materials cost

$160.48

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$11.31

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.41

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$204.20

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$36.04

Total project goal

$240.24

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$240.24

6 Donors

-$147.62

Donations toward project cost

-$125.48

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$22.14

match offer

-$92.61

Match offer toward project cost

-$78.72

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$13.89

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$0.00

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