Button Maker School Kit for STEM Science / Elements

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  • My Class Needs illustrative materials to engage students about chemical elements

    Button Maker School Kit for STEM Science / Elements Classroom Project at Paul Kane High School
    Launched September 9th, 2017 Project Deadline February 6th, 2018
    Classroom Size 33 Students School Size 900 Students

    My Students

    I remember as a kid when I got my own drawn button (1st pic) illustrating what I learned about environmental conservation. I would like to do the same for my students. Sci 10, 14, Chem 20: Intro to Chemistry and the periodic table of elements. Every semester we do a fun project of teaching our students about elements on the periodic table. We make murals on our school walls that illustrate their work using creativity to describe / illustrate the pros, cons, physical and chemical properties of their chosen element. Using STEM, they can research how, when, where the element was discovered, and study about ecological, political, economic, and societal perspectives on it. Of 92 elements and +20 synthetic elements, 3-4 classes of +30 students picking a particular element.

    How will this project impact them?

    Their artwork ends up on the wall for the school year and the students really don't get their artwork back. For the next semester, the previous artworks often just get recycled. What we would like to do is to have our students capture and collect what they spend hours on. By taking their artwork, we can shrink it down using our school colored photocopier and make it into buttons so that they can take it home. As well, should they feel they want a button of their friend's element, they can have that too. Students will learn not only the STEM info of certain elements, but also the technology of how buttons are made. We would like to have it as part of our other school's makerspace projects and to give extras at our school's open house events. When students take their buttons home, it gives them the sense of how fun science is and to learn more about chemistry! They can converse about why unique icons were illustrated on that particular button for that particular element. We also have a lot of students whom are artistic and have learning disabilities (i.e. autistic) so they may find this project as another way to show what they learnt.

  • Where the $821.89 goes


    2-1/4" Button Maker School Kit includes FREE School Artwork & Design Book

    People Power Press

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    Provincial and Federal Taxes $19.95
    Fulfillment Materials * $45.00
    3rd Party Payment Processing Fee ** $6.96
    Project cost excluding donation to support myclassneeds.ca $698.61
    Optional donation to support myclassneeds.ca *** $123.28
    Project cost including donation to support myclassneeds.ca $821.89
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by Mr. Ng

Michael C. Ng is a chemistry teacher at Paul Kane High School. A firm motivator in hands-on learning, his passion for outreach and active science literacy encourages both students and colleagues alike to share the world of chemistry with others. A science teacher who will use chemistr...

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