My students need Magformer Magnetic Tiles and STEM Engineering Kits to build and design a variety of structures for our science unit.
I teach kindergarten at a school in San Francisco's Chinatown. My students are all English language learners. They are either new immigrants or have lived in this community all their lives. Most are from low-income families struggling to pay for basic necessities. Many of my students come to school wearing shoes and clothes that do not fit. 100% of them qualify for the free breakfast, lunch, and after-school supper program.
Their sense of normalcy is going back to their Single Room Occupancy (SRO), where many families share a community bathroom and kitchen.
Their home is typically a 12 ft x 12 ft room that the whole family lives in, with little or no space to call their own.
In addition, with the rent rising in San Francisco, this has been an added burden on the families.
My kindergarten students love creating and building things! They are curious about the world they live in and are constantly asking questions about how and why things work.
My students best internalize their learning by testing and experimenting on their own during science and math time.
I would like to foster an environment where my students can work in groups or on their own to explore, invent, and discover important engineering concepts using the Hands-on STEM Kits. They will use magnetic tiles and engineering kits to build and design unique structures.
With these kits, they will become familiar with the process of trial and error as they discover why some structures work and others fail. While working in groups, they will also practice valuable skills such as problem-solving, respecting others, and exchanging ideas.
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