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  • My Class Needs a variety of tech tools to explore applied design and technology

    Launched November 21st, 2016 Project Deadline May 19th, 2017
    Classroom Size 30 Students School Size 302 Students

    My Students

    This is a mixed grade 6 and 7 class that has been flourishing with the ability to invent and create during class time. One autistic boy finds hands on projects a stimulating activity which helps him socialize and integrate with other classmates. Many of the students do not have an opportunity at home to be "inventors", or lack the courage to try to hack or build. I have students who wish to explore and pursue programming and coding, and we should be able to provide this opportunity to them.

    How will this project impact them?

    As a maker and builder myself, I am hoping that my students will develop an understanding of the tools and technology that surrounds them on a daily basis. Empowering them to create and design, and feel the freedom and ability to do so would be exhilarating. Our class has an emphasis on creativity and learning how to bring ideas to life. Problem solving and tracking iterations of models and ideas is part of the process we follow. These projects bridge gaps between all curricular areas by using a variety of technology in the class for learning and understanding. Stimulating the creative side in students, requires an assortment of materials from which to choose. From take apart stations of old electronics, to computer design programs, I think a having variety of ways to explore curriculum is imperative. It is exciting to see this ideology is beginning to permeate our school.

    Project Report

    from Mr. Unruh

    These new supplies have been used by our class in a variety of learning situations since they have arrived. We have been excited to use our new technology for learning but also with our younger buddy classes. We have been studying how to code and make decisions following cause and effect observations. Much of what students learn is reinforced with hands on manipulatives. and this is a perfect example of how students can learn design and coding challenges.
    “This is so fun” – Jordan
    “I like designing a challenging course for the Spark to drive through.” -Nick
    "We were able to make a maze that was pretty complicated, and tell it (ollie) what to do, to get through the maze"

    I would like to thank the donors for providing these coding tools for our students. We strive to teach the students problem solving skills and this is just one more tool to help us with that. Different thinking helps attack the problem from many angles in a collaborative effort to find a solution. Very rewarding to watch.

    We are also grateful for our Silhouette Cameo. Definitely a creative tool but with the ability to do so much more. We have been working on models of buildings in 3D as a way of plotting out our neighborhood. We have also adorned the school and classroom with encouraging and inspirational sayings using vinyl, and are really only just getting started. We are learning more how to use these tools and planning for next year already.
    Your donations have opened up the create minds of many children at our school. Some students never experience out of the box thinking and this is one way to help make that happen.
    Thank you Donors and My Class Needs.

  • Where the $1711.69 goes


    Ollie® by Sphero®


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    $159.95 x 2 = $319.90

    Sphero SPRK+


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    $149.95 x 2 = $299.90

    Snap Circuits Arcade


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    $79.95 x 1 = $79.95



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    $99.95 x 1 = $99.95

    Silhouette Design Machine

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    $345.38 x 1 = $345.38
    Shipping & Handling $92.97
    Provincial and Federal Taxes $150.39
    Fulfillment Materials * $45.00
    3rd Party Payment Processing Fee ** $21.50
    Project cost excluding donation to support $1,454.94
    Optional donation to support *** $256.75
    Project cost including donation to support $1,711.69
    1 donor -$1,711.69
    Still needed $0.00

    * Fulfillment Materials: This covers the costs of fulfilling the project, including purchasing and coordinating the delivery of classroom resources. This also supports the processing of thank-you cards and pictures from teachers and students to donors, including printing, postage, labels, envelopes, cover sheets, etc.

    ** Payment Processing Fee: An average of fees charged to MyClassNeeds for processing donations (e.g. credit card payments through a secure server). We have worked hard to select the most secure option for the cost.

    *** Optional Donation to My Class Needs:  An optional donation to support My Class Needs calculated at 15% of your donation. This gift to the charity, which you can opt out of during the donation process, supports the work we do to engage teachers, build awareness, and to generally run MyClassNeeds. Please note that project resources are not withheld if this amount is not raised.

    Disclaimer: MyClassNeeds (MCN ) is the charitable affiliate of Curriculum Services Canada (CSC). MCN and CSC do not endorse or promote any particular supplier, product, or service requested by the teachers through our online crowdfunding platform. MCN assesses every project to ensure that the requested resources represent the most economical and impactful approach to enriching students’ learning experience.

    MCN will contact the school administrator associated with the specific project and ensure that the administrator has given approval to the project to go ahead and that the resources requested meet the fundraising guidelines within their province, board or district and school.

    MCN will seek competitive prices from various suppliers to ensure the best possible price for the materials and services. Where available, MCN may (at our discretion) suggest lower-cost alternatives that may accomplish the same project goals. Our suggestion of an alternate option is not an endorsement by either MCN or CSC of the supplier, product or service and the final decision on the choice of resource is made by the teacher(s) themselves.

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by Mr. Unruh

Jeff Unruh I have been teaching for 18 years and have taught primarily the upper intermediate grades in elementary school. My interests include photography, fishing, snowboarding, playing guitar, and using technology. I am somewhat of a hacker and maker of things, and often find mysel...

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