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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 thirteen-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: Mighty Meteorologists

Resources Needed: the weather tracker, forecasting set, and weather maps to provide students with authentic activities to deepen their understanding of the weather
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Sedalia Elementary School in Mayfield, KY
Total Cost: $409.65
Still Needed: $109.83 Completed! Please move on to the Bonus Project.
Expires: Jun 13, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Dowdy:

My Students: Students LOVE predicting the weather! We need these weather prediction materials to help engage students while forecasting the weather conditions for our area.

My fourth grade students attend a small, rural National Blue Ribbon school. We always excel in state testing especially in science. My students are hard workers, great thinkers and excellent problem solvers. They work hard to reach goals they have set for themselves. Our closest weather station is an hour away. We always travel there as well as have an area meterologist visit our classroom. However, these materials will allow my students to become better weather forecasters before we attend the field trip or host the special guest.

My Project: I am requesting a weather forecasting kit and forecasting maps and models. This will allow my students the authentic materials needed to draw conclusions from basic weather knowledge to actual weather forecasting. Students will use these materials to make connections and see patterns in order to forecast accurately. In addition, I am requesting the weather model. This model is a three dimensional asset to our classroom that will actually help the students visualize and understand air movement, water cycle and the movement of clouds. Finally, I am requesting a wind vane. I currently have all the other weather tools for my students to use. This wind vane will be added to our classroom collection of weather tools we use in the outdoor classroom.

This project is necessary for students to draw conclusions, make connections, and recognize patterns in current weather trends. Students will use the requested materials to forecast the weather.

COMPLETED! Thank you!
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: Chemistry of Life

Resources Needed: a Molecules of Life kit to better understand biochemistry. Genetics includes biochemistry concepts, but Chemistry is not taken until after the course.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Pearl High School in Pearl, MS
Total Cost: $187.19
Still Needed: $187.19 Completed! Thank you.
Expires: Sep 21, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Nobles:

My Students: Can you imagine being in a class where you're expected to apply Chemistry, but you have never taken Chemistry? My Genetics students are expected to understand the chemical structure and bonding properties of water, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids without taking Chemistry.

My students come from a wide array of backgrounds. My typical Genetics class encompasses 10th graders. With the amount of diverse learners in each class, laboratory experiments build a learning environment conducive to assist each student to grasp concepts of biochemistry.

My Project: Students study the basic structure of the chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins by constructing three-dimensional models. Starting with the water molecule, students use easy-to-follow, individualized worksheets and color-coded plastic atoms to: construct a model of water and three monosaccharides; form a disaccharide; study isomerism; construct a part of a simple starch molecule; build models of alcohols and fatty acids, comparing them to their structural formulas; construct models of amino acids; construct four representative amino acids; and construct a protein with their models. All components are reusable, so I can use this kit for years.

I love to see my students' faces light up when they really grasp difficult concepts. Without the generosity of donors like you, my students will not be able to experience the full learning cycle of engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate. Please allow my students to not only learn the basics of biochemistry, but apply their knowledge.

COMPLETED
Donations of ANY size DID make a BIG difference!



Our Dollars at Work
Pictures from Ms. Casteel's butterfly project, Bursting with Butterflies.
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There are additional photos at the link.


Housekeeping:

Last week's main project, Circuit Circus, was completed. Students at a high-poverty school in Oklahoma will have working materials to safely experiment with electricity.

The bonus project STEM In The Classroom, was also completed with a Kossack assist. Elementary school students in Indiana will receive materials for a variety of hands-on STEM lessons.

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 323!

As of Saturday night Monday morning, this bonus project from a previous week remains open:

Project: Aiming High with Physics
Expires: Aug 09, 2013
When projects are not fully funded by their expiration date, donors are contacted by DonorsChoose and asked to choose another project to which to redirect their donations.

How is the poverty level defined at DonorsChoose.org?
Poverty level refers to the percentage of students at a given school who qualify for free and reduced lunch, which is considered a measure of economic need. To be deemed eligible for free lunch, a student's family income must be within 130% of the poverty line (a max of $29,055 for a family of four). For reduced lunch, the family income must be within 185% of the poverty level (a max of $41,348 for a family of four).

Schools with 10%-39% of students receiving free/reduced lunch are denoted as "moderate poverty" while schools with more than 40% of students receiving free/reduced lunch are denoted as "high poverty". For projects submitted from a school where free lunch rate data is unavailable or unreliable, "Poverty Data Unavailable" will appear. (from DonorsChoose.org)
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Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by J Town, SciTech, and Dream Menders.

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