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Jessica commented on Equity

Thanks, Peter, for connecting the two ideas. I can easily see how it would make sense to bundle supports and figure out high use locations, especially if students continue to not be able to physically come to school.

Great question. Ideally, yes, there would be a system for a teacher to either choose what went in the packages or at least would be able to know ahead of time. While getting materials is great, it might become tricky to support students who were struggling if they all had different boxes.

The question would be does the teacher request some first or the donations. If it were donations, then there could be a spreadsheet (or app) where teachers requested certain items. If it were teacher requests, then the people making the boxes could only fill with items they had. There could also be a random box choice (perhaps those would come more quickly) and maybe generic grade level span boxes (K-1 might have magnets but grade 2-5 might have LEDs and batteries) to help facilitate the matching.

It's awesome that your school is willing to invest the money is creating the STEM boxes-- did you find that the students used them?

Jackie,Great point. Making sure all students have access would definitely be key -- whether this would be dropping off materials at students' houses or some other method specifically to each school and context would need to be determined. Thanks for sharing about your experience with something similar.