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Ms. Foster from Warrenton NC is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Trunk of Junk Supplies for Robotics

My students need supplies for their Trunk of Junk kits. These kits include plastic tubing, cardboard, pliers, handsaws, glue guns, paper clips, rubber bands, and more.

  • $359 goal

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My Students

Robotics is a brand new course at this middle school. I teach three classes of robotics, and for many students this is the most fun part of their day, as they are able to put down the pencils and pick up tools to create with.

My school is in an extremely rural, low-income county of North Carolina.

The students primarily live in government-funded housing, and the main employers of the county are the schools and the correctional institution. In eighth grade students get to decide which of three high schools to go to: an early college where they can graduate with an associate's degree, a technical program that consists of completely project-based learning, or the typical high school. The robotics program is a step toward project-based, career-oriented, STEM classes in this area.

My Project

We are using a Trunk of Junk Robotics curriculum developed by the 4H society. Students will use these materials to create different mechanisms of robotics, such as an arm to grab a ball, a catapult, pulleys, and balances. A typical lesson involves me reviewing a specific topic, such as how a lever helps lift a load with less energy. The students then work in groups to build different types of levers to test how much energy each type requires to lift the same load, then record and analyze results. I am requesting supplies to build the trunks of junk for this class. We need boxes, cardboard, paper clips, plastic tubing, pliers, a handsaw and drill, straws, cups, washers, paint sticks, and more!

For many of my students this class is the first time they have experienced hands-on learning styles and a topic that they can get excited about.

This class will foster a passion for education that will follow them into other subjects throughout their schooling.

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Ms. Foster
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 72 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Loew Cornell 1021216 Woodsies Dowel Value Pack • Amazon $13.97 2 $27.94
Sterilite 16428012 6-Quart Storage Box, White Lid with See-Through Base, 12-Pack • Amazon $27.87 1 $27.87
Aquatic Life Tubing Polyethylene for Gardening and Aquariums, 50-Feet by 1/4-Inch, Blue • Amazon $19.99 1 $19.99
Black & Decker AD600 6-Volt Alkaline 1/4-Inch Hex Cordless Drill/Driver with Accessory Assortment • Amazon $19.98 1 $19.98
Perfect Stix PAINT12 Birchwood Paint Paddle Stick, 12" Length (Pack of 100) • Amazon $19.32 1 $19.32
Grafix Medium Weight Chipboard Sheets, 12-Inch by 12-Inch, Natural, 25-Pack • Amazon $8.39 2 $16.78
Surebonder GM-160 Mini High Temperature Glue Gun, 10-watt • Amazon $6.07 2 $12.14
Scotch Magic Tape , 3/4 x 300 Inches, 3 Pack (3105) • Amazon $3.99 3 $11.97
Medium Binder Clips, Steel Wire, 5/8" Cap., 1-1/4" Wide, Black/Silver, 36/Pack • Amazon $5.60 2 $11.20
Loew Cornell 1021254 Woodsies Craft Sticks, 1000-Piece • Amazon $11.00 1 $11.00
Stanley 84-055 Bi-Material Slip Joint Plier, 6-5/8 Inch • Amazon $4.75 2 $9.50
Stanley 15-809 Metal Mini Hacksaw • Amazon $7.72 1 $7.72
Flexible Disposable Drinking Straws 400 Count Neon Colored • Amazon $6.99 1 $6.99
Rubber Bands, Size 16, 2-1/2 x 1/16, 1900 Bands/1lb Pack • Amazon $6.74 1 $6.74
Crown Bolt 30042 3/8 Inch Zinc-Plated SAE Flat Washers, 50-Count • Amazon $6.22 1 $6.22
ACCO Brass Plated Paper Fastener, 1 Inch Length, 100 Fasteners per Box (A7071710) • Amazon $3.02 2 $6.04
Transparent 7 Oz. Plastic Cups - 100 Count • Amazon $5.29 1 $5.29
Wood Coffee Stirrers - 1000 Count • Amazon $5.25 1 $5.25
Elmer's Washable No-Run School Glue, 4 oz, 1 Bottle (E304) • Amazon $0.50 9 $4.50
ACCO Economy #1 Paper Clips, Non-skid, Size #1, 10 Pack (A7072385) • Amazon $2.78 1 $2.78

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