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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: Back To Basics

Resources Needed: Protractors, rulers, magnets and a magnetic forces kit.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Alternative Learning Center-East, Houston, Texas
Total Cost: $231.61
Still Needed: $172.79  $56.79
Expires: Mar 21, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Talamantez:

My Students: Do you remember dreading those complicated physics problems? Can you imagine trying to understand physics without any tools to assist you with the measurements? Our physics students are sharing tools, as well as missing some of the essentials that are necessary to investigate advanced magnetism.

My classroom is a mix of very different learning styles. Most of my students are economically disadvantaged, and 100% are labeled at-risk. I want to provide a safe and fun learning environment where they do not have to feel disadvantaged by sharing or not participating in normal physics investigations. I want them to feel comfortable working on their own and begin to enjoy physics instead of dreading it.

My Project: By supplying my students with their own tools for measurement, they will become more independent and confident in their calculations. They are currently sharing or borrowing tools from their classmates. Rulers, protractors, and compasses will provide them with the basics when dealing with forces, vectors and magnetism.

Since my students are economically disadvantaged, I've tried my best to get some of the basics funded for them, if not buying them myself. These resources will definitely provide reusable measurement tools that will last for years. Please take the time to think of our students and help provide some of the basics for educating them to become successful in physics. Thank you so much for your time.

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: It's Simple

Resources Needed: A simple machines kit to get some hands on exploration of simple machines.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Holt Elementary School, Clearfield, Utah
Total Cost: $250.11
Still Needed: $125.05  $95.05
Expires: May 12, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Howard:

My Students: Were you ever stuck in a science class where everything was book work? It's boring! I want to give my students some hands-on materials.

We are a Title I school in Utah. I have a great group of students that are eager to learn new things. Many of the students have a very tough home life, but it is not holding them back. I am doing the best that I can to help them learn the skills that they need in life.

My Project: It's really hard to teach simple machines from a book, a video, or a worksheet. The best way to teach simple machines is to use simple machines! Unfortunately, I do not have anything in my classroom that I can use for this fun science unit. Well, I guess that I could use the rulers as levers, but I would rather not. My students need simple machines to manipulate and get their hands on.

There are some many fun lessons to use when teaching simple machines. Right now, my classroom does not have the equipment needed. Your help will take the teaching and learning experience from blah and boring to super fun!

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!


Last week's main project, Silly for Science!, was completed. Early grade-school students in a rural Ohio school will receive materials to complete life sciences and and weather projects.

The bonus project last week, Ready... Set...Grow!!!, was also rescued with a Kossack assist. High-poverty South Carolina students will study the life cycles of butterflies and frogs.

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 293!

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Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 07:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Dream Menders, J Town, SciTech, Climate Change SOS, and Science Matters.

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