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Ms. Burke from Chicago IL is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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My students need two robots so that they can learn the basics of computer science and computer programming and develop their collaborative problem-solving skills to better prepare them for their futures.

  • $406 goal

This project expired on January 29, 2017.

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My Students

My students were the inaugural class of gifted students in the 4th year and continue their leadership role within the gifted program as the first 5th grade gifted class at our school. While their test scores are impressive (average 15-20 points higher than national averages on NWEA), they are even more charming to meet in person; their empathy and thoughtfulness towards each other is profound.

Composed primarily of immigrants and children of immigrants (de Mexico), many of my students began school speaking no English while now reading at a 11th+ grade level.

Their love of learning is palpable despite the challenges of working-class urban life. Our school is 97% free and reduced price lunch. Those off the chart test scores mentioned above occurred in a year that a fellow classmate was shot and killed. This is further compounded by the realities of living far away from 'home;' multiple students report that they have never met some of their grandparents.

Some of my students have indicated a strong affinity for computers and technology and the majority of my learners have self-assessed as tactile learners.

My Project

My project is to provide my classroom with two robots and a set of accessories that students can use in conjunction with my personal iPad in order to learn the basics of computer science and computer programming. This is an incredibly important opportunity for my students to experience hands-on, problem solving experience in STEM. Part of being gifted means being globally aware, giving my students a leg into STEM fields where they are underrepresented as latinos and sometimes doubly underrepresented as females is critical to providing them with the schools they need for their scholastic and professional lives. My students will compete in the Wonder League Robotics Competition that begins on October 17 so our science challenge can begin!

Ms. Burke
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 28 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot Robot Wonder Pack • Amazon Business $279.99 1 $279.99
Wonder Workshop Launcher for Dash Robot • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95

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