Creating a Maker Space by Michelle DeBoer, Cesar E. Chavez Elementary verified non-profit

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Launched May 18, 2017
Ends Sep 26, 2017
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Category: Technology
Class Size: 120
Grade: 3rd 

With these funds I will purchase a 2 Stawbees School Maker Kit. A Strawbees School Kit that contains different types of 2,560 connectors and 1,500 hundred straws, a card deck for creativity or kids can just create on their own.  You can check out the Strawbees School Maker Kit.

The importance of this kit is that can be used in the  STEM/STEAM movement, which Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math or STEAM includes ART.   Many school have maker spaces to allow children to show their creativity.  My school has not implemented STEM or STEAM like many others. 

My school's community is primarily in the Hispanic neighborhood and our students don't have equal access due to our low income families.  This year, I was able to start on transforming my classroom by getting a few computers for the classroom.  I am passionate that my students have the same access to learning as their peers do across town.  This kit will give them one more experience where they can show their creativity more, rather than just using crayons and paper.  Through out their design, I can see where I can incorporate all subjects area.  

Next year, I want to incorporate STEM days with our 3rd graders that them an opportunity to show their learning by creating and design but also use STEM.  F

If we do not meet our goal...

If we do not reach our goal I will purchase individual sets. Strawbees Store. Here is where you can see individual sets. 

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Michelle DeBoer

3rd Grade Teacher, Cesar E. Chavez Elementary

Inner city school teacher that teaches in the Hispanic neighborhood, who is giving students experiences beyond the classroom wall as well as trying to change student's mindsets with technology

Cesar E. Chavez Elementary View All Causes

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Consider Chávez for your child if:

- You are seeking teachers who believe in your child’s potential to learn and achieve.
- You want your child to learn in an environment of high expectations.
- Your family speaks Spanish.
- You want your child to learn in a bilingual environment.
- You value strong relationships with faculty and other parents.

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