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Mr. Mitchell from Burbank CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Tools for Project-Based Learning in Exploring Engineering

Help me give my students tools including oscillating spindle sanders, foam cutters, drill bits, hex driver bits, screw/nut/bolt gauges, and a shop vacumn.

  • $990 goal

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My Students

Students in my Exploring Engineering class are interested in a variety of engineering-related fields including computer programming, electrical engineering and electrical circuits, 3D modeling and design, robotics, Arduino coding, and structural engineering. Girls in the class have been recruiting other girls for the class and our school robotics team. Many students work after school in our lab organizing equipment and helping to keep our labs running smoothly.

Students enjoy learning new concepts and then doing hands-on activities based on these concepts.

Students love building and programming robots, designing and building various Arduino projects, and want more hands-on activities where they can build and test things. They also love to compete.

My Project

The CO2 race car project is just one of the hands-on, project-based learning activities we are adding to the Exploring Engineering class this year. Students will be using the foam cutters to create foam prototypes for their CO2 race car designs to get approved before building C02 race cars using balsa wood. They will be using the oscillating spindle sanders to shape their balsa wood car bodies in order to make them more aerodynamic. They will use drill presses to drill holes to attach wheels and axles and then test cars to see if roll straight.

Students will get to race their CO2 cars to see whose is the fastest.

The challenge is to make their car as aerodynamic as possible, drive as straight as possible, and minimize friction between the wheel and the ground and the wheel and the axle. Students will be using the other tools and supplies (hex nut drivers, allen key drivers, various gauges) when working on robotics projects and other hand-on learning activities.

Mr. Mitchell
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
WEN 6510T 3.5 Amp Oscillating Spindle Sander • Amazon Business $129.73 2 $259.46
RoMech Foam Cutter - Pro Electric Hot Knife (200W) - Styrofoam Cutting Tool Kit- with Blades & Accessories • Amazon Business $88.00 1 $88.00
Vacmaster, VBV1210, 12 Gallon 5 Peak HP Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum with Detachable Blower • Amazon Business $87.99 1 $87.99
GOCHANGE 3 in 1 Foam Cutter Electric Cutting Machine Pen Tools Kit, 100-240V /18W Styrofoam Cutting Pen with Electronic Voltage Transformer Adaptor • Amazon Business $29.99 2 $59.98
Nut and Bolt Thread Checker (Complete SAE/Inch and Metric Set) (Packs) • Amazon Business $49.00 1 $49.00
WEN 6510SPC Assorted Grits Spindle Sanding Sleeves (18 Pack) • Amazon Business $15.11 3 $45.33
Stainlesstown Nut Bolt Thread Gauge (Red) • Amazon Business $8.95 2 $17.90
Screw Chek'r Metric Screw Thread Size Gauge No. 2 (8MM to 14MM) 1/8 Inch Heavy Gauge Steel Screw Checker, Made In USA • Amazon Business $15.66 1 $15.66
Neiko 10074A Hex Bit Socket Set, Metric, 2mm to 14mm | 13-Piece Set, S2 and Cr-V Steel, 1/4”, 3/8” and 1/2-Inch Drive • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Nut Driver Bit Sets with Chrome Vanadium Steel, 20pcs 1/4'' Hex Nut Driver Master Kit for Quicker Change Chuck, Electric Hand Drill - PNDB1A • Amazon Business $14.97 1 $14.97
Metric Screw Checker (2mm to 7mm) - Made in USA • Amazon Business $14.41 1 $14.41
Screw Chek’r SAE/ Inch Screw Thread Size Gauge (No. 1 to 5/16) 1/8 Inch Heavy Gauge Steel Screw Checker, Made in USA • Amazon Business $14.08 1 $14.08
Grip Thread Pitch Gauge MM & SAE • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Twist Drill Bit Set(12PCS), Werkzeug Titanium Drill Bit Set General Purpose High-Speed Steel, Metal Drill Bits Set for Wood, Plastic, Metal, Aluminum Alloy etc (1/8" - 25/64") • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
ALAZCO 9-Piece Shock-resistant Strong Steel Metric Hex Driver Bit Set 1.5 - 8mm - Premium Quality Taiwan - AZ9MHDB • Amazon Business $9.81 1 $9.81
Titan Tools 16038 13-Piece MM Impact Hex Bit Set • Amazon Business $9.03 1 $9.03
Felo 0715732350 1/4-Inch T-handle Hex Bit Holder, 5-Inch long, 338 Series • Amazon Business $8.17 1 $8.17

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