It all started with a question: How can we help students in our community learn about STEM?
The answer from many local educators was access to more science materials. Dr. Universe wants to make sure kids (our future scientists and engineers) have the materials they need to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
Ask Dr. Universe is based out of Washington State University, a public research university committed to a tradition of service and access to education.
When is the STEM Supply Drive?
Wednesday, March 14 (Pi Day) through Friday, April 30.
What kind of items can I donate?
We’re collecting every day items from Play-Doh and toothpicks to robotics kits to paper products.
Paper Plates- 300
Styrofoam Cups- 100
Styrofoam Plates- 75
Paper Lunch Bags- 75
Aluminum Foil- 5 boxes of 12″ x 250 sq ft
Plastic Condiment Cups- 150
Clear Cups- 30
1/2 inch wide straws- 30
Sugar Cubes- 2 boxes
Toothpicks- 5 boxes
Extra Large Rubber Bands (as big as possible)- 150
D Cell batteries- 30
LED diodes- 100
Coin Cell batteries- 100
Battery holders w/ alligator clips- 12
Ring magnets- 100
Seeds (Summer growing)
Neodymium Magnets- 5 magnets
100 mL graduated cylinder- 2
Kids books about scientists/inventors
Legos, old or new
Play-Doh- 25 cylinders
Popsicle sticks- 200
Pipe cleaners- 200
Balloons- 3 packages
Clothes pins- 300
Rubiks Cube- 2
No nonsense nylon kneesocks- 10 pair value, 4 boxes
Toilet paper/paper towel/wrapping paper cardboard tubes
Empty plastic water bottles
Empty Egg Cartons
Other kinds of recyclables that can be used for tinkering and engineering!
Big Wish Items (You can find more details on these items on the Wish List here!)
Magnetic Tiles Blocks STEM Set
Ozobot Bit Classroom Kit
Ozobot Markers Set
Snap Circuit Student Kit
Raspberry Pi3 Sparkfun Starter Kit
Primary Colors of Light, Light Blox
SRA Science Cards- McGraw Hill Curriculum Grades 3-6
AMScope M158C-E Compound Monocular Microscope
Medium bottle of ferrofluid
LEGO Basic Bricks
Where will items go?
This year the items will go to local schools, libraries, and after-school programs in the Pullman-area. If you would like to be future recipient of materials, let us know via e-mail.
Where can I drop off an item?
Neill Public Library- Front Desk
Moscow Public Library- Front Desk
Pullman PTA/Pullman Parks and Recreation- Front Desk
Hulbert Hall- Room 421
Thompson Hall- Room 309
Compton Union Building- Lower 45
Todd Hall- Room 570
Information Technology Building- Room 2013B
Northwest Public Broadcasting, Murrow West- Room 327
PACCAR Building- Outside the IDEX Collaboratory in the lobby
Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Office- Wegner 105
Voiland Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Building- EME 102
WSU Office of Research, Lighty 280, Front Desk
My organization/department would like to help or host a drop-off box.
That’s awesome. E-mail Dr.Universe@wsu.edu for more info.
The STEM Supply Drive is based out of University Marketing and Communications. A friendly-reminder: University funds cannot be used to purchase items. Policies for University Surplus Property are here.