Have you heard about DonorsChoose.com?
This is a crowd funding website where teachers/club organizers can post projects to raise funds for materials that support learning.
There are many materials my students need to increase learning opportunities. Before DonorsChoose, I would purchase the materials myself; however, over the past five years, I’ve been able to fundraise for my students via the DonorsChoose program.
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My past projects included raising funds for: personal student headphones and storage bags, classroom printers and ink, and a SeaLife field trip that included transportation.
This year I was able to get 3 projects funded: STEM learning materials, art materials, 3D printer with filament, and 3D doodle pens with filament. Since I teach a project based learning technology platform, my students need materials to support learning in this unique way.
Below are more pictures of students working with the first DonorsChoose STEM project that was fully funded in September. Here you will see a variety of STEM related materials in action. Before I use these materials for learning, I let students engage in exploration, collaboration and project creation, and simply use their imagination to problem solve with the materials.
The inspiration has just begun. It is quite amazing to see how the workmanship has evolved from basic to more detailed structures as noted in the pictures below.
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Students use the Tinkercad online building program to design their projects from scratch. Using basic 3D shapes students begin their project. A huge learning curve for students involved measurement – in metrics – NOT the US customary system. Using metrics has helped the students to gain a better understanding of working within the metric system.
How can you help?
1. Share this information with an educator, then visit DonorsChoose and support a posted project.
2. If you’re looking for opportunities to embed more technology into your learning program, use DonorsChoose as an option to gather learning materials. You can get started with this DonorsChoose link.
If you are interested in donating to my classroom, please use this link to find out latest project. Thank you for supporting education!!