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Mrs. Mills from Fredericktown MO is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Training Future Engineers to Create Automated Solutions That Reduce Pollution

My students need three Sphero robots to begin developing and programming solutions to combat ocean pollution as part of their study on human impacts of ecosystems in ecology.

  • $453 goal

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My Students

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

My students are inquisitive, hands-on learners who are highly motivated when exploring new forms of technology to solve problems posed to their teams.

They have a drive to be involved, and I nurture that drive through problem based explorations as they navigate their way through the scientific process.

My school is located in a rural, high-poverty area. Most of the students we serve have little knowledge of, or access to, multiple forms of technology at home. We are a positive behavior support school and strive to give our students the best supports available making our atmosphere warm and welcoming. My class is a goal-driven classroom that implements multiple experiences so all kinds of learners and every kind of intelligence has a chance to shine.

My Project

According to the 5 Gyres Foundation, there are 270,000 metric tons of plastic in the world's ocean which is equal to taking 2-liter plastic bottles stacked up on top of each other to the moon and back twice. As part of my student's study in ecology about the human impact on ecosystems my students will combine free lessons from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and 5 Gyres Foundation with a research project to come up with creative and innovative solutions to combat the pollution epidemic that is wrecking havoc on marine life around the world. They will use waterproof robots (Sphero) and code through the use of scratch to simulate their ideas in wading pools, producing a viable solution using automation.

No matter whether students live near the coasts or far inland, they are a part of the problem and the solution to ocean pollution.

Through education, students can be informed of the types of pollution and actions that they can do to prevent further pollution of the ocean. Our next generation of citizens are going to be faced with some of the biggest problems to face with the amount of pollution our world is creating, they need the tools and 21st century skills to be the solution. My students will become engineers as they create and program a waterproof robot to clean up the ocean as well as automated robots to clean up the shores of the beaches.

This project will allow my students to explore automation, robotics, and code as they research ocean pollution and they will gain valuable 21st century skills through innovation, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking while programming their way through viable solutions to pollution.

Mrs. Mills
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Orbotix S003RW1 Sphero 2.0: The App-Controlled Robot Ball • Amazon Business $116.37 3 $349.11

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