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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: A Race to Understanding!

Resources Needed: 3 BluTrack Pro Starter Sets
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Ocean Springs High School, Ocean Springs, MS
Total Cost: $214.24
Still Needed: $194.24 $98.06
Expires: Aug 24, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Jay:

My Students: This year my students have struggled to collect consistent data during our motion lab. While using Hot Wheel cars and lab shelves as ramps, the students could not document any good speeds due to the cars running off the shelves and interrupted motion from the cracks between them.

My students are in grades 9-12. They tend to be weak in math and science skills and struggle with the physical science concepts that I teach them. In an effort to help them better understand the motion concepts of speed, velocity, and acceleration, I bought some cars and took them to the lab.

The lab was not successful because the cars ran off the make-shift ramps that we made using lab shelving. There were cracks between the shelves and this caused the cars to veer off. The students were really frustrated. Being resourceful, they used books to block the cars, keeping them on the shelves. However, this changed the speeds of the cars.

My Project: With three BluTracks, students would not only collect consistent data for their own cars, but they could also race other cars from fellow lab groups. The tracks are similar to Hot Wheels tracks which have edges on either side of the track, guiding the car and keeping it moving straight forward. They are also reusable each semester reaching about 170 students each year.

The tracks are listed as a STEM item encouraging Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in education. This motion lab would allow students to more efficiently measure distance and time, and calculate speed, velocity, and acceleration. With this data, students will be able to graph and interpret the overall motion of the cars utilizing graphing skills.

My project is important because the Physical Science class that my students are taking is typically the only exposure to chemistry or physics concepts that they will have. I have a passion about teaching them about the physical world around them and how it works. I know many students don't learn concepts until they experience the concepts. Help me provide ways to help these students' learn!


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Donations of ANY size can 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: Fish Dissection Lab

Resources Needed:Perch Wet Pail, Animal Cell Model, Magnetic Animal and Plant Cell Sets, Human Organ Systems Chart, and other supplies
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Manatee Elementary School, Port St Lucie, FL
Total Cost: $413.06
Still Needed: $163.06 $153.06
Expires: Sep 5, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mrs Wayne

My Students: "Tell me, and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand." Native American Proverb. This is more true in Science than in any other subject. Hands on involvement is the key to student success in the science classroom.

I teach 6th grade middle school science. I have approximately 125 students between 5 classes, two being advanced science students. Our school is located in a low income area that was hit extremely hard by the housing and construction downfall.

The students are excited to learn and thrive in discovery and inquiry style lessons. Hands on approach to teaching at this grade is the most effective. Students will understand and retain information much better with hands on activities.

One of the most asked questions on the first day of class is, "Do we get to do a dissection?" Unfortunately due to funding I was not able to give them an answer. You donations will give them this opportunity. Fish, animal and plant cell models, and colored pencils will allow students to participate in hands on experience.

My Project: This fish dissection activity will help the students learn about organ systems as well as individual organs. We live in Florida and many students have never seen a real fish or touched one. This lab allows students to explore cell structure and function. They will learn the differences between animal cells and plant cells. These concepts are extremely difficult for 6th grade students to master. Many different lessons with different types of interaction, showing the material in many different ways, will ensure that students can master the content. Science is about getting messy and remembering the lab experience for the rest of your life. Dissections give the students that experience.

Reading about science in a book, just simply does not work with children. I am trying to provide an environment that allows for discovery and inquiry in a Science education. By donating to this project the students will use the colored pencils to draw and diagram fish dissection. They will use the organ poster and plant and animal cell models to identify difference between the animal world and plant world. Thank you for your support.

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Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!

Housekeeping

Last week's main project, Wet, Wiggly Worms, was funded. Elementary school students in Milwaukee, WI will have the worms they need for their sustainable garden.

The bonus project, As The World Turns, was completed with a Kossack assist. High school students in Williamston, NC will have the various rock collections that they need to study earth materials and processes.

You can see the teacher' thank-you note at the link above. Many thanks to all contributors!

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.

See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 332!

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.

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 Jun 23, 2013 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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

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