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 fourteen-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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Today we'll feature two projects that are in imminent danger of expiring. The bonus project is back from last week, after getting a boost but not quite getting completed.
Resources Needed: Books, like the Sir Cumference books and Mathstart books, to help us build both our math and reading comprehension. School Poverty Level: High Location: Gibsonville Elementary School, Gibsonville, North Carolina Total Cost: $312.53 Still Needed:$182.53 $72.53 Expires: Jan 29, 2014
Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Partridge:
My Students: Ever wonder how to explain to your child why it is important to learn how to divide or why understanding place value is important? My students love to listen to stories that help them make connections to their lives, but we don't have many books that help make connections to real life and math.
My students are eager to learn and love to listen to stories read aloud to them. They also love to read and enjoy stories that they can relate to. They enjoy math and solving problems. My students attend a school that is in a rural community, that does not receive a lot of funding due to state budget cuts and because it is not a Title I school.
My Project: With these books, my students will be introduced to math concepts in an engaging and entertaining way. They will learn how to apply the math they learn in the classroom to everyday activities and generate visuals that will help them solve problems. In addition to the math comprehension, the students will build fluency and listening skills through read aloud from the text. Making connections is also an important reading comprehension skill that many children lack, these books will help them learn to make connections to other text, self, and the world.
Your donation will help me build problem solvers. These students will learn how to make connections through text and math to the world around them. The best inventors were critical thinkers and problem solvers that were able to visualize and connect to the world around them. Help me build the inventors of tomorrow.
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.
Resources Needed: 60 owl pellets School Poverty Level: High Location: New Providence Middle School, Clarksville, Tennessee Total Cost: $275.54 Still Needed:$117.77 $87.77 Expires: Jan 31, 2014
Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Holt:
My Students: Science by Doing! Students learn much more by actually taking owl pellets apart in order to discover predator and prey relationships instead of reading it in a boring science book.
My students are 6th graders. They are very interested in science and love to share stories and ask the most entertaining questions. Their school is in an economically disadvantaged part of town and many families struggle. It is difficult for students to pay fees that will allow teachers to purchase the supplies needed for learning.
My Project: The owl pellets will bring predator and prey relationships to life in front of each student. They will actually touch and smell the pellets along with putting the prey skeleton back together. Students will be intrigued by owl pellets and that will help them learn.
Donations to this project will make a difference in students engaging in a hands-on activity that will have more meaning to them. The owl pellet activity is part of our living unit where students study food chains and food webs. Owl pellets are perfect examples of a food chain and students will not forget this activity.
Last week's main project, Creating a Hands On Classroom For Science and Math, was completed. A new third-grade teacher in Alaska will receive science and math materials to get her classes going with workshops and independent study. You can see the teacher's thank-you note at the link. 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.
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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