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Solid science education is the best inoculation against ignorance.
The Inoculation Project, founded in 2009 by hyperbolic pants explosion, is a group of Kossacks who gather weekly to combat the anti-science push in conservative America by providing direct funding to science and math projects in red state classrooms. Our conduit is DonorsChoose.org, a twelve-year-old organization rated highly by both Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau. Here's a little introductory video about DonorsChoose. DonorsChoose.org allows you to make direct contributions to specific, vetted projects in public school classrooms, resulting in tremendous and immediate impacts from small dollar donations. Each week, we focus on funding a single small-dollar project at a time, in a traditionally red state classroom and preferably in a high-poverty district.
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This Week's Main Project
Project: Loopy for Physics

Resources Needed: 2 CPO Loop Tracks
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Silver Creek High School, Sellersburg, IN
Total Cost: $272.98
Still Needed: $99.98 Completed!
Expires: Jan 14, 2013
Teacher's Comments from Mr. Boggs:

My Students: We need loop tracks for a loopy concept. Please help my students better understand centripetal motion.

I have a diverse group of students that ranges from introductory physics all the way up to AP Physics. Our school is a small Indiana school in a small town. Unfortunately, our school is showing its age and is quickly approaching 50 years old and the equipment is becoming outdated.

My Project: CPO makes some great equipment that I love to use in my physical science classes. One them is the Loop Track. With this, students can see centripetal force in action. This concept can be very abstract and goes against their intuition of how they see the world. This track is a simple tool that clearly shows the concepts of centripetal motion and force, the students have fun using it as well.

There is a saying in education, "Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand." This equipment directly involves the student in the subject matter better than any other equipment I have used.


COMPLETED
Please move on to the Bonus Project!
We try to focus on the main project until it is completely funded, and then move on to the bonus project. If a project doesn't meet its funding goal by its deadline, it dies and any donations to it are referred to their donors to be moved to another project. For that reason, we don't like to split our sometimes limited resources between two open projects. Of course the choice of project to which you donate (if any!) is entirely yours.
Bonus Project #1
When the main project is finished, let's work on this one.
Project: A Hop in the Right Direction...with a Frog Dissection!

Resources Needed: frogs, gloves, scissors, and dissection pins
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Schofield Middle School, Aiken, SC
Total Cost: $495.88
Still Needed: Completed!
Expires: Jan 25, 2013  

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Cohen:

My Students: Do you remember the first time you participated in a dissection in your science class? Well, my students have not had that experience yet but I would like to change that for them.

I have great students! Our school is a Title 1 school and most of our students come from a high poverty area in South Carolina. They absolutely love the idea of having the opportunity to dissect a frog and learn more about animal anatomy. They are VERY bright students and are eager to learn. They deserve to experience their first dissection and, with your help, they would have a great experience in Science class!

My Project: With your help, my students would be able to experience dissecting a frog in Science class. None of my students have had the opportunity to do that yet, but I would like that to change. They would have the opportunity to become scientists for a day as they learn about anatomy and research. What a life changing experience that could be!

Help my students make a "Hop in the Right Direction"! As is the case for most schools, our school system is working on a tight budget. This being the case, funds for dissection are limited. However, with your help, my students would be able to experience a memory that will last a lifetime. They would be able to learn more about Science and, hopefully, spark an interest in anatomy or other areas such as research.


COMPLETED
Please Move on to the additional bonus projects!
Bonus Projects - Donor's Choice

Lately, we've had a lot of success and paid for our projects early, leaving no way for latecomers to participate. While that's great, it's also a missed opportunity to help one more teacher. If you arrive and find bonus project #1 finished, please direct your donations to this project. We'll return to it as needed in future diaries.
Project: Scientific Inquiry Labs

Resources Needed: 3 science inquiry labs
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Celtic Academy, Glasgow, KY (public school enrichment program for gifted students)
Total Cost: $253.92
Still Needed:  $53.92 Completed!
Expires: Jan 02, 2013


Project: Using Technology to Make Slope Personal

Resources Needed: Calculator Based Ranger System
School Poverty Level: High
Location: York Comprehensive High School, York, SC
Total Cost: $199.16
Still Needed:  $52.16 Completed!
Expires: Jan 27, 2013  


Project: Organic Community Garden

Resources Needed: 4 shovels and 2 hoes
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Kennedy-powell Elem School, Temple, TX
Total Cost: $223.85
Still Needed:  $63.96 Completed!
Expires: Mar 16, 2013  

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Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!

Housekeeping

Last week's main project, Military Kids Grow Roots with a Schoolyard Garden, was completed. Middle school students in Texas will have the tools and supplies needed to grow their garden. In addition, the plan to study the birds that visit their garden.

The bonus project last week, Isolating Copper by Electrolysis, was also completed with a Kossack assist. Junior High school students in Arizona will have the copper sulfate, alligator clips and batteries necessary to isolate copper by electrolysis.

You can see the teachers' thank-you notes at the links above. Many thanks to all contributors!

See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 251!

More information:
DonorsChoose.org main page
DonorsChoose.org blog
DonorsChoose.org donor FAQ
All DonorsChoose.org math & science projects search results

We are in no way affiliated with DonorsChoose.org, or any of the classroom projects presented for funding.

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Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 07:00 AM PST.

Also republished by J Town and Dream Menders.

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