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The goal of this project, Kinder Kids Learning STEM Through Play, is to provide students the opportunities to explore with STEM materials while playing. It is the expectation of this project that students will gain knowledge in the four content areas of STEM throughout their play. (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

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Suncoast - Kinder Kids Learning STEM through play

School:
Sawgrass Lake Elementary School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Rachelle Blanco 
Students Impacted:
36 
Grade:
Date:
October 11, 2019

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Suncoast Credit Union - $618.69

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Goal

The goal of this project, Kinder Kids Learning STEM Through Play, is to provide students the opportunities to explore with STEM materials while playing. It is the expectation of this project that students will gain knowledge in the four content areas of STEM throughout their play. (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)  

 

What will be done with my students

My students will have a set time throughout the week to explore learning concepts using STEM materials and computers. This will be done through play. Students will have opportunities to use STEM bins with materials that will promote inquisitiveness and creativity. Students will be provided challenges to conquer and complete while playing. Students will have to explore the materials and collaborate with other students to determine the best solution to the challenges. Students will have to determine if there are multiple ways to complete the challenges and work together in groups. Students will also have opportunities to use code.org on the computers to learn about coding and problem solving. 

 

Benefits to my students

My students will benefit from this project in many ways. The project promotes collaboration where students will work on problem solving strategies and team building. Often times, the challenges will require groups of students to collaborate on one structure. Students will have to brain storm and work together to complete the task. Students will also have to work on communication skills while speaking and listening to each other. Students will gain knowledge on different ways to problem solve with others. Students will also have to be inquisitive and creative while working on the STEM challenges. While coding on the computer, students will benefit by learning coding. Coding also increases problem solving strategies and collaboration. Students will have to be able to explain their thinking to others and demonstrate their knowledge with this project. Students will learn about perseverance and determination while working on these challenges and coding for this project. While integrating learning into play, students will work on social skills, as well as, the content areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Research shows that young children learn best by doing. This project will provide many learning opportunities for students all while playing. 

 

Describe the Students

We are a Title 1 school where everyone gets free breakfast and lunch due to many students living in poverty. I work in a high needs school where many students come from various backgrounds. While 8 students speak other languages in their home, 3 students qualified for the ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) program. We have 6 ESE students which include varying exceptionalities, speech and language. 50% of my students came to school without the basic skills necessary to be prepared for kindergarten. At this time, 15% of my students are considered low performers. Some students have never been to school before so it is vital that they have hands on opportunities to be successful learners.  

 

Budget Narrative

For this project, I will use the funds to purchase different types of STEM materials. These various materials will be used for building, creating, problem solving, challenges, and puzzle solving. The STEM materials will be kept in bins along with challenge cards. In addition to the STEM materials, I will use the funds to purchase headphones for each of my computers. These headphones are needed for students to use the code.org program on the computer. The students will be able to use the computers without distracting other students during learning time. The headphones are durable and kid safe by limiting volume. I will also use the funds to purchase 5 USB headphone adapters. They are needed because the headphone ports are not working on several of the computers.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 ETI Toys: Pyramid Stacking Blocks 3D Puzzle $22.82
2 3D Construction Creative Toy $12.95
3 Maze Ball Game 3D Intellect Ball $10.95
4 Mind Building Modeling System $19.52
5 STEM Educational Construction Toys $19.99
6 Learning Resources Geometric Shapes $29.49
7 STEM Learning Toys Crafty Connects $33.97
8 Bees and Me Buddies in a Bag $14.95
9 IQ Challenge Set $13.95
10 STEM Building Toys - Engineering Multilink $19.99
11 Simolio Kids Headphones 18 sets at 15.99 ea $287.82
12 USB Audio Sound Adapters $24.88
13 Wedgnetix Magnetic Building Set $69.99
14 Wedgits Design Cards $20.43
15 Wedgits Challenge Advanced Design Cards $16.99
  Total: $618.69

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