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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 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: Let's Make Chemistry Hands-On

Resources Needed: Tuning forks to model waves, collision balls, and other visual aids to start the year.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: John F Kennedy High School, Winston Salem, North Carolina
Total Cost: $198.45
Still Needed: $148.45 Completed! Please see bonus projects below!
Expires: Oct 19, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Chasten:

My Students: Do you have positive memories of your high school chemistry class? Being able to mix chemicals, learn about atoms, and learn about the world around you. Hands on experiments is what made chemistry memorable for most people and without them, Chemistry can become a drag.

Many of the materials that I am requesting are tangible visual aids that will be used for labs and hands-on activities. I am asking for some density cubes, tuning forks, Newtonian demonstrator, and other science materials. The molecular modeling kits will be used by the students to help them visualize what molecules look like. The density cubes, tuning forks, and other materials will help the students understand the physical science concepts behind the mathematical equations used in the course.

Being that this will be my first full year as a teacher at a high poverty school, the amount of resources in the classroom are very limited. Currently, the students have only been able to visualize the topics using pictures, drawings, and worksheets. Although they can see the concepts, many students that are tactile learners have trouble visualizing the material.

My Project: I will be teaching physical science and chemistry. With the tuning forks, I will be able to give the students a real life example of sound waves and show a comparison of the sounds waves. With the density cubes, I will be able to teach the students about the differences between density amongst materials. With the Newtonian demonstrator, I will be able to talk about force, motion, and momentum.

This project is important for me because I feel that all students need a practical education. Students need to graduate with the ability to apply their knowledge in the work place, use critical thinking skills, and understand inquiry.

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-palooza!
When the main project is finished, let's work on these projects that remain open from previous weeks.
Project: A Race to Understanding!
Resources Needed: Mrs. Jay's high school physical science classes need ramps for their lab on speed and acceleration using Hot Wheels cars, to replace their makeshift tracks made of lab shelving.
Location: Ocean Springs High School, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Total Cost: $214.24
Still Needed: $97.06 $67.06
Expires: Aug 24, 2013
DONATE HERE

Project: Fish Dissection Lab
Resources Needed: Mrs. Wayne's 6th grade science students need materials and specimens to dissect fish.
Location: Manatee Elementary School, Port St Lucie, Florida
Total Cost: $413.06
Still Needed: $97.18 $87.18
Expires: Sep 05, 2013
DONATE HERE

Project: How's the Weather?
Resources Needed: Ms. Wiseman's at-risk students need instruments and charts for their weather station, to participate in a worldwide project to collect weather data.
Location: Lopez Alternative School, Biloxi, Mississippi
Total Cost: $169.66
Still Needed: $153.78 $138.78
Expires: Oct 19, 2013
DONATE HERE



Cooling Projects
Our supporter Square Knot wrote a recent diary listing some DonorsChoose projects for classrooms that are way too hot for kids to learn. They are more expensive than the science projects we normally pick, since they are buying air conditioning in some form, but they are all open until at least September, so they have a chance to succeed. If you have a little extra, please consider helping a class cool off!

From Nobody Deserves a Learning Room Over 100 Degrees F.:
...during the summer, my students have to spend 5 to 6 hours everyday in a classroom where the thermometer can reach a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher... An air conditioner would be of great benefit to my students. We wouldn't need to worry about students fainting, or struggling to concentrate due to the heat.

Housekeeping:

Last week's main project, Balsa Wood Fun!, was completed. Idaho Gifted and Talented 4th - 6th graders will design and build balsa wood bridges. You can see the teacher's thank-you note at the link. Many thanks to all contributors!

See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 333!

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)
More information:
DonorsChoose.org main page
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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 Jul 07, 2013 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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

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