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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 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: The Galaxy Around Us

Resources Needed: Hands-on solar system kits to help learn their standards.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Unity Elementary School, Lagrange, Georgia
Total Cost: $439.08
Still Needed: $334.67 $197.02
Expires: Feb 11, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Davidson:

My Students: Science in elementary school is not something you can learn without touching and feeling. My students desperately need these hands-on opportunities.

I teach in a high-poverty school that is located in a small town in Georgia. I find that many of my students are lacking the experiences needed to build a firm foundation in Science. Many have never left our town or its immediate area. It is difficult for them to picture a world outside of Georgia - much less our planet.

My Project: If we were to receive these resources, my students would be able to form a better "picture" of our galaxy. The movable planetarium would make understanding the rotation of the Earth and moon more tangible to my students. The motorized solar system would show the students how the Earth and other planets move around the sun - as well as put their size and distance into perspective.

I am humbled to think that people who do not know me or my students are willing to give donations to help our classroom. It means more to me and to the students than I can ever fully disclose on this page. Just know that our classroom takes learning very seriously and these two resources will not only help this year's students - but classes in the future.

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 Fun to Hold Science in Your Hand!

Resources Needed: Science materials to examine, wonder and explore! Materials include: circuits, forces, magnets, human body, insects, plants, and the frog life cycle!
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Woodview Elementary School, Houston, Texas
Total Cost: $394.53
Still Needed: $289.53 $259.53
Expires: Feb 26, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Parker:

My Students: My students need to hold science in their hands in order to explore, examine and wonder! Our school is located in a Title I area where there are few resources and children come to school with little background experience in science. It is amazing to see how excited they can be about science!

I teach math and science to 53 third grade students. I have 27 students in the morning and 26 students in the afternoon. Some are average third graders, some are below grade level, some are gifted and talented, and some are special needs. Our school is a Title I school where 89% of the students receive free or reduced lunch. In so many ways my students are like any other third graders. They love eating lunch together and are ecstatic if they earn a chance to eat lunch with a teacher. They love kicking a ball around a field or swinging on the playground. Yet, some come to school without having dinner the night before and they wake up with bed bug bites. School may be the best thing going for them in their life. I love to engage my students in learning! The excitement, the awe, the communication about a new topic is wonderful to see! Be a part of our class and we will share our magical moments with you! Thank you!  

My Project: The Science Specimens Set includes 16 different durable, easy-view specimens encased in rugged, lightweight acrylic, all with handy labels right inside for easy identification of the parts of a plant, the stages of a frog's life cycle, insects and spiders, and sea life. Each set also comes with a teacher's guide. The specimens are a hands-on approach to classifying species, comparing/contrasting features of living organisms, and examining the stages in the frog's life cycle.

The Electricity Lab comes with 37 hands-on pieces with six step-by-step experiments, from designing a parallel circuit to using a switch to power light bulbs! Students learn about electricity as a form of energy, converting electrical energy and designing and building circuits.

The Push-Pull Spring Scales are unique because students can see and measure push and pull forces. The Fascinating Facts about the Human Body includes a 10 1/2" anatomical torso with body parts students can remove. It has over 60 questions!

Help me, help my students discover the wonders of science! Hands on activities help children visualize, explore and wonder about science. Be a part of making science come alive for these third graders! Thank you!

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!

Sandy Hook School Fund

Supporting Newtown Teachers is a special, open-ended DonorsChoose project designed to support all teachers in the Newtown, CT, public school system. It remains open to donations through June 30, 2013, at which time the fund will be distributed equally to all teachers in that system, for projects of their choosing. The project was organized by the Connecticut Commissioner of Education and the American Federation of Teachers. We will track it until completion.
commemorative ribbon loop for sandy hook school shooting in newtown ct

The fund currently has $60,132 given by 692 donors.


Last week's main project, Supporting Newtown Teachers, is an open-ended project described in the box above. We're glad to see they've added a total and number of donors this week, so we can report its progress as it continues to be available.

All the bonus projects were completed last week with our help:

Connecting Reading to Our World After Hurricane Sandy: Third-graders in Far Rockaway, NY will receive new literacy workbooks and dry-erase markers.

Hurricane Sandy: Show Me The Laptops!: Students from a devastated public school in Queens, NY will have two laptops to work with in their classroom in a different school.

Students in Hurricane Sandy Affected Area Request a Laptop: A science teacher in Jersey City, NJ will get a laptop to safely provide internet access to her students who have none as a result of the storm.

Hurricane Sandy: Help My Students Deal With Their Loss pt 2: A Keansburg, NJ elementary school teacher will get several Chromebook computers that students can use at school or borrow to take home overnight.

Math Learning Tools: Rochester, NY second graders will have Rekenreks (a variety of abacus-like tools) to help them learn number relationships visually.

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 272!

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.

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.


You are welcome to use The Inoculation Project avatar as your DonorsChoose avatar if you wish. If you need instructions for uploading it to your DonorsChoose profile, you'll find them in this diary.

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Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 07:00 AM PST.

Also republished by Dream Menders, J Town, Backyard Science, SciTech, and Pink Clubhouse.

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