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Share your crowdfunding projects with us! (DonorsChoose, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and others.)

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It doesn't matter if you're using DonorsChoose, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or something else entirely, tell us about your crowdfunding projects. Please include your link(s) as well, since we'd like to promote this list far and wide!

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Ms.Mneedsyourhelp's picture

Hello Friends

I'm working on getting a set of four iPads for my 3rd Grade Classroom. Can you help me out? My project was just approved and posted on DonorsChoose.org. Here's my classroom request:


To have your donation matched dollar for dollar, enter the promo code INSPIRE on the payment screen. This awesome match offer lasts through July 14th. Your gift will help me, my current students, and future students tremendously. I would be very grateful if you would pass on this message to anyone else who could help.

Thank You,

MathePlant's picture

First of all I'd like to thank you for the opportunity to share our project MathePlant on your platform!

The aim MathePlant is to create an ad free and free of charge app for Android that elementary school students presents math exercises and makes a simple but beautiful reward system for motivation. A virtual plant, we call it MathePlant, to get through regular practice alive, depending on the results to make them grow better and equip with "features" by frequent use. The exercises come in several difficulty levels and therefore will cover all years of primary school. To let this project come reality, we started a crowdfunding project at indiegogo.com and hope it will succeed - so please support us by spreading the word or donating us directly! So here you go: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/matheplant/x/6157466

Thanks a lot
Michael of @MathePlant

Katie B.'s picture

Help give my students the opportunity for a more hands-on approach to science and social studies! These vital subject areas are usually neglected in my school's curriculum, which focuses on "teaching to the test" and places most of its emphasis on reading and math. My school is classified as "highest poverty," meaning most of my kids don't have the funds or access to books and resources that are necessary to help them see how awesome our planet can be!

You can help fund the last $195 of my project, which includes a year's worth of subscriptions to Scholastic's "Let's Find Out" science and social studies edition. Thank you so much for your consideration in supporting my students!


Tiffany Marmolejo's picture

I am moving to a new school and a new grade level this year. Unfortunately, I don't have any sturdy bins to organize my classroom library. I've used dollar store/discount store bins before, but they don't last and I feel like I'm just throwing away money each year. Please consider donating to my Donors Choose project at http://www.donorschoose.org/project/books-baskets-binsoh-my/1246976 .

I only have $110 to go and I'll be able to get my books ready for my students to easily find and return classroom books! Thank you!

matthew_arend's picture
Elementary Principal (KN-5th)

Maker Education - Makerspace

According to the US Department of Education, only 16 percent of American High School Seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. Furthermore, only half of the schools who pursue a college major in a STEM field choose to work in a related career. As a nation, we are falling behind internationally, ranking 25th in math and 17th in science among industrialized nations. (www.ed.gov/stem)

Closer to home, staff and administrators at Sigler Elementary see the challenges students face in math and science first hand and work tirelessly to fill in gaps that exist in our high socio-economic community and simultaneously, keep high expectations for students to be grade level proficient.

To overcome this trend, students must be invested in hands on, problem based learning, that supports inquiry and student engagement. Students are engaged when they "devote substantial time and effort to a task, when they care about the quality of their work, and when they commit themselves because the work seems to have significance beyond its personal instrumental value" (Newmann, 1986, p. 242).

Our program, Maker Education - Makerspace does just that. By transforming a portion of our currently library, we create a Makerspace. A space for students to create, problem solve, tinker and make. A makerspace is not solely a science lab, woodshop, computer lab or art room, but it may contain elements found in all of these familiar spaces. Therefore, it must be designed to accommodate a wide range of activities, tools and materials. Diversity and cross-pollination of activities are critical to the design, making and exploration process, and they are what set makerspaces and STEAM labs apart from single-use spaces. A possible range of activities might include: Cardboard construction Prototyping Woodworking Electronics Robotics Digital fabrication Building bicycles and kinetic machines Textiles and sewing

Increasing student engagement as defined above, providing authentic learning opportunities that draw from student's backgrounds, interests and academic needs while fostering a spirit of collaboration allows the students and staff at Sigler Elementary to do their part to increase the interest in STEM education and spark an interest among students in an area where little interest currently exists.

You can help us here: http://www.gofundme.com/makerspacesigler

Thank you!

WendlFinancial's picture

The Wendl Foundation Begins Crowd Funding Pledge For Laptop Scholarships To Virtual School students in St. Louis - http://bit.ly/1tIkjQd

Our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization distributes laptop computers to disadvantaged children living in the St. Louis School District. Based on the latest state test scores, only about 25% of students in the district are proficient in reading and mathematics -- some of the worst in the country. For parents of limited incomes that live in St. Louis, there are fewer educational options for their children. There are only so many needs-based scholarships to private brick-and-mortar schools and charter schools have limited space. A poor parent in St. Louis has only one option at that point: opt out of the traditional school system and have their child use an online/virtual school.

The main constraint in attending a virtual school is the cost of a laptop computer. It is not affordable for many of these parents. Our project provides scholarships in the form of a laptop computer for children living in St. Louis who qualify for the federal free and reduced student lunch program and who use a virtual school option.

If we can provide these children with a laptop scholarship, they can access a number of free online educational resources. Please help us achieve our goal of raising $100,000 to purchase laptops for these children. All proceeds will be used to purchase laptop computers with no administrative or overhead cost.

Thank you for reviewing our campaign and feel free to share it with anyone that might be interested using the Indiegogo share tools.

Katie McDonald's picture

Hello Everyone!

My name is Katie McDonald and I've just posted a project on Kickstarter for the publishing of my tween, teen and young adult novel about bullying: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/600167031/bystander-no-more-a-young....

My story chronicles the experiences of a bullying victim's bystander. Although there is certainly tragedy and heart break that make their way into my story, it's really the tale of a bystander who makes fortune out of misfortune and who inadvertently teaches her readers that being a bystander is just as bad as being a bully.

There's something that can be done to change what's happening in our society. And it doesn't start with the bully. It starts with the bystander.

I appreciate any and all help to get this book into people's hands!

Thank you so much.

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