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Mrs. Livingston from Conway NH is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

What's A Rube Goldberg?

My students need items to build machines...such funnels, hoses, buckets, magnets, pulleys, dominoes, balloons, cups, marbles, duct tape, twine, clay, hammers and nails.

  • $807 goal

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My Students

Never be afraid to make a mistake in my classroom. Mistakes help us learn. They tell us what we know, and what we still need to work on. I want my students to guess, check, and then revise their guesses until they learn what they need. I believe this will help them to be lifelong learners.

I teach Math to 7th and 8th grade students.

They are amazing! There is something unique about middle school students. They are so happy to be at school with their friends and with teachers who care about their happiness and their learning experiences. I enjoy sharing my school days with them, as well as providing them with activities that encourage team work, creative thinking, and are fun!

My Project

My students will use the materials from my list to design and build Rube Goldberg contraptions. These are complex machines that perform a relatively simple task. Students will be given a task, such as rolling a marble a certain distance into a cup. They will be given a list of the materials on my list, and will work as a team to design a machine that will move the marble into the cup. The fun part is that the machine is supposed to be composed of all sorts of goodies...hoses, catapults, tubes, balloons, cups, spoons, magnets, funnels, marbles, golf balls, paper clips, clay, rubber bands...the list could go on forever! The more complex, the long as the goal of the task is reached. The students will use several tools to build...hammer and nails, screwdrivers, twine and duct tape.

Today's students live in a technological society, but sometimes it's beneficial to put technology away and use a hands-on approach to learn.

The donations to this project will improve the classroom by giving students experience in the field of engineering (designing, building, and problem solving). They will use creative and critical thinking to solve a problem through team work. What great life skills!

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

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
MindWare KEVA Contraptions • Amazon $35.30 3 $105.90
Surebonder DT-200KIT Mini Dual Temperature Glue Gun with 12 - 4-Inch All Purpose Glue Sticks Kit • Amazon $9.00 6 $54.00
POOF-Slinky 4600MBL Ideal Amaze 'N' Marbles Classic Wood Construction Set with Sealed Storage Box, 60-Pieces • Amazon $26.32 2 $52.64
Gilmour 10 Series 8 Ply Flexogen Hose 1/2 inch x 50 Feet #10-12050 Green • Amazon $22.09 2 $44.18
347pc Home Nut, Bolt, Screw & Washer Assortment - All Phillips Head! • Amazon $11.79 3 $35.37
ETA hand2mind Single Pulley (Set of 5) • Amazon $11.37 3 $34.11
MAXCRAFT 60626 8-oz. Stubby Claw Hammer • Amazon $8.32 4 $33.28
Norpro 942 Cotton Twine • Amazon $5.24 6 $31.44
Cardinal Double 12 Color Dot Dominoes in Tin • Amazon $12.99 2 $25.98
Metal Horseshoe Red Magnet 4 inch • Amazon $5.35 4 $21.40
The Hillman Group 591519 Small Small Wood Screw Assortment, 195-Pack • Amazon $6.88 3 $20.64
HOMEPAK 41826 Nails and Brads Assortment • Amazon $6.54 3 $19.62
ProMAG 3/4-Inch Diameter High Energy Flexible Magnets • Amazon $5.96 3 $17.88
5038-3 PK Fix-It DUCTape 1.87-Inches x 60-Yards, 7-Mil, 3-Pack • Amazon $8.89 2 $17.78
Stanley 60-100 10-Piece Standard Fluted Screwdriver Set • Amazon $8.28 2 $16.56
Rubber Bands, Size 16, 2-1/2 x 1/16, 1900 Bands/1lb Pack • Amazon $7.25 2 $14.50
12 Sand Pail Beach Play Sets, small 3.25" Bucket w/Rake, Scoop and Shovel- 12 sets • Amazon $14.00 1 $14.00
White Paper Water Cups, 3 oz., 100/Pack • Amazon $6.63 2 $13.26
Wilson Titanium Ball (18 Ball Pack) • Amazon $12.49 1 $12.49
Karter Scientific 210T3 Clear PS Plastic Funnels, Short Stem, 65mm (Pack of 25) • Amazon $11.99 1 $11.99
Marbles in a Tin Box, 160-Piece • Amazon $9.99 1 $9.99
Crayola Air Dry Clay 5 Lb Bucket, White • Amazon $8.99 1 $8.99
11" Assorted Crystal Tone Balloons (144 pcs) • Amazon $8.81 1 $8.81
Blue Sky 400-Piece Disposable Plastic Tea Spoon Set, White • Amazon $7.74 1 $7.74
ACCO Economy Jumbo Paper Clips, Smooth, Jumbo, 100/Box, 10 Boxes (72580) • Amazon $7.22 1 $7.22
Officemate Push Pins, Clear, 200 Count (35711) • Amazon $6.11 1 $6.11

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