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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: Hands On Science!

Resources Needed: pill bugs, soil, sand, a secchi disk, a kick net, choice chambers, a lamp, and irradiated seeds for hands-on lab activities.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, Georgia
Total Cost: $330.93
Still Needed: $165.47 Completed! Thank you!
Expires: Jun 01, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Dill:

My Students: Students need real life practical experiences to enhance thier understanding of the natural world. Science can be educational and fun with hands on laboratory activities!

The majority of the students at our Georgia high school come from a low socio-economic background. We live in a military community with a highly transient population. School becomes a safe haven for many of the students in my school. I strive to make my classroom a fun "get away" for my students. They are allowed to experience science in a new way that many have not had before. Science comes alive in my class and the students can see things in a new light.

AP Environmental Science is a new course in our county that I will be teaching for the first time. Enthusiasm is brewing for the students enrolled in this course. The students are excited to learn with hands on activities, but need the resources to be able to do this!

My Project: Since the course has never been taught in the county, we do not have the materials that we need to start the hands on learning process. The materials that I am requesting are some basic lab materials. Many of these materials are not disposable. The secchi disk, kick net, pill bugs, and choice chambers can be used over and over again. Our science department will share these lab necessities which will help a vast number of students. I am excited to share these tools with my students so that they can gain real life practical applications of science.

Students are in dire need of hands on activities in science. They need to see that science is fun and can be an intriguing career field. My AP Environmental Science students are eager to learn; all they need is the resources to make that possible. The students will be appreciative of the donation made to our classroom! Thanks in advance!

COMPLETED!
Donations of ANY size DID make a BIG difference!
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: Cardinals Soar with Microscope Exploration

Resources Needed: four microscopes and eight AA battteries to discover the unseen scientific world of plant and animal life.
School Poverty Level: High
Location:  Springer Elem High School in Springer, Oklahoma
Total Cost: $504.12
Still Needed: $208.53 Completed! Thank you!
Expires: Jun 08, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Knight:

My Students: "Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand." This Chinese Proverb describes the challenge facing our science students in the technological world without appropriate discovery learning tools. We need four microscopes to meet this learning challenge.

Our students come from a small agricultural community in Oklahoma. The science program from this rural school is directed by one instructor and a small budget for learning materials. Two primary needs must be met. A high level college preparatory program and in-depth science program would be complimented by microscope technology. The second need is the correlation of science to the world of agriculture. In addition to global learning concepts, students will also uncover how science is utilized in farming, ranching, crop production, veterinary science and animal husbandry. This knowledge will come to life through first hand microscope activities which are shared with younger students, parents, community, and guest speakers.

My Project: Science classes will be divided into five teams with four students on each team and will learn about crime investigation from forensic entomology to writing analysis. Junior high and high school students will have fun learning about forensic science while developing their observation and critical thinking skills. Hands-on activities dealing with life, earth, and physical science topics will be integrated with clues discovered through microscope discovery activities. Students will acquire college preparatory science skills, teamwork, and a lifelong love for learning!

Helen Keller said "A‚ life is either a daring adventure or nothing," and this excitement for learning should be shared with students in the classroom daily. These exciting science adventures made possible through this microscope discovery will open new worlds for our students. They will envision possibilities of cancer cures, technology visions, and global solutions that have previously been undiscovered. This project will help prepare our scientists of tomorrow!

Microscopes, Two Professor Stereo Microscopes
COMPLETED!
Donations of ANY size DID make a BIG difference!
Bonus Project #2
When bonus project #1 is finished, let's work on this one.
Project: Raise The Roof With Science!

Resources Needed: science centers and magnets to fulfill the requirements of our curriculum because we have no books or science supplies to use to teach the curriculum effectively.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Joe Frazier Primary School in Natchez, Mississippi
Total Cost: $327.59
Still Needed: $163.79 $133.79
Expires: Jun 01, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Lewis:

My Students: A mind is a terrible thing to waste! When it comes to learning about science, this statement fits my class because we are required to learn about science matter but we have no supplies! We want to "raise the roof" with our learning and rich, effective learning can take place with proper supplies.

My class is a group of 30 bright, eyed and eager to learn students. They are like your normal 6 year olds in that they are curious about the world around them. The school we attend is a K-5 school, with about 675 students. The students are mostly African American and approximately 96% of the students are on free or reduced lunch. At the present time, our school has a status of 'at risk of failing' and a lot of that comes from us not having adequate, up to date materials that are needed to teach effectively.

My Project: I am requesting science centers and magnets to use with my students. Currently, we are required to teach the subject but we have no materials to use. With the materials I requested, I will be able to give my students hands on activities that will make the topics more concrete to them. I will be able to enhance what I've already been able to do by using small groups and really help them to understand what is being taught. I am requesting materials that will cover subjects such as: magnets, plants, seasons and weather, life cycles, and space.

Donating to this project will make a difference because it will give my students a chance to rise to the top. Learning about science topics can only help them by better preparing them for the next grade. First grade is a foundational grade, so it is important to make sure that I do everything I can to lay the best foundation I can. But in order to do that, I must have the resources to do it. Funding this project will hopefully open the minds and eyes to the world around my students.

DONATE HERE
Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!
Sandy Hook School Fund

Supporting Newtown Teachers is a special, open-ended DonorsChoose project designed to support all teachers in the Newtown, CT, public school system. It remains open to donations through June 30, 2013, at which time the fund will be distributed equally to all teachers in that system, for projects of their choosing. The project was organized by the Connecticut Commissioner of Education and the American Federation of Teachers. We will track it until completion.
commemorative ribbon loop for sandy hook school shooting in newtown ct

The fund currently has $66,620 given by 780 donors.

DONATE HERE


Housekeeping

Last week's main project, Cultivating Young Gardeners, was completed. Elementary school students in Georgia will have the gardening materials they need to care for their classroom plants.

The bonus project, Why Does the Ground Move?, was completed wth a Kossack assist. Elementary school students in Florida will receive models and kits to study how and why the earth moves and changes.

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 280!

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 New Diarists on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:00 AM PST.

Also republished by Dream Menders, J Town, The Inoculation Project, and SciTech.

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