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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: Rocktacular Rocks: A Scientific Voyage!

Resources Needed: Rocks/Mineral/Fossil books, soil, rock and fossil samples, and soil, clay, crayons and paint
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Grove Park Elementary School, Atlanta, GA
Total Cost: $313.84
Still Needed: $117.50 Completed!
Expires: Feb 15, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Rivera:

My Students: Science conjures images of students full of wind-eyed wonder and minds exploding with curiosity and the famous question, "Why?" Help my students investigate the sensational world of rocks, minerals, and fossils via hands-on investigations that is sure to engage and captivate them!

My students thoroughly enjoy math and science and the experiments and hands-on tasks that come with those subjects.

Like their peers, my students are inquisitive and have the potential to reach for the stars, become the next president, and discover new cures and medicines to treat modern-day illnesses.

As an inner-city school, 100% of our student population is comprised of minority students, with 99% receiving free school lunch. The remaining 1% receive reduced rates.

Despite the odds and security issues from the surrounding areas, we strive to provide our students with the resources they need to succeed and compete with their more affluent counterparts.

My Project: Crayon rocks, eggshell geodes, fossil casts, experimenting to see which soil has higher absorption rates, and access to sample fossils and minerals is what your donation is funding.

All the materials listed are used to conduct experiments and projects that will enable my students to learn via discovery how different types of rocks/fossils/minerals are formed, how various soils have differing attributes, and how we can test rocks and minerals.

Instead of textbooks, my students will maintain high levels of engagement and excitement in their day-to-day learning in this unit.

Students in the United States lag behind in almost all subject areas and greatly struggle in the areas of math and science. Confined to musty textbooks and a lack of resources, inner-student youth are rarely drawn to the fields of math and science

Your donation will help fund the experiments and projects that I have planned for my students, projects that will enrich their learning. ...projects that will excite and inspire them to learn more and to ask questions. Why? How? What if?

Please move on to the bonus project!
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: Transforming Math Class!

Resources Needed:Canon flat-bed scanner
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Norwood Elementary School, Burleson, TX  
Total Cost: $241.65
Still Needed: $161.65 $131.65
Expires: Mar 13, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Shirley:

My Students: "Mrs. S, how I am EVER going to use this math in real life?!" This is the question I am asked daily by at least one student, and I want to not only tell them, but show them how they can apply their learning to something they all enjoy in real life: animation.

I teach 4th grade math and science in a low socioeconomic school in Texas. There are 70 students in 4th grade in varying levels of ability, but all of them love to apply technology and real-life application to their learning. Our students are smart, kind, and hungry to have new experiences that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to encounter. Many of the students here are lacking in enriching experiences and I want to provide them with as much as I can in the short time that I have them.

My Project: The activity that inspired the need for the scanner is a geometry project. The students will be creating a digital "flip book" animation by first drawing and plotting their ideas on graph paper, then scanning the drawings in and inserting them into a PowerPoint that will allow them to create the animation. The students are required to show each of the transformations (rotation, reflection, and translation) while keeping their figures congruent and properly plotted on the graph paper. This project not only reinforces transformations, but gives them graphing, plotting, and precision skills that they will need in the future. Adding the scanner and Powerpoint element allows the students to become animators and lets them see how they can use these skills in real life. I believe that this equipment can and will be used for much more, and all the students will benefit from having it available.

By donating to this project, you, as the donor, will have a hand in helping economically disadvantaged children use technology to learn, an opportunity many of them will not have otherwise.

This project is so important to these students because they are curious about the world around them. These materials will help them to understand how the Earth is shaped and how it moves. Through this understanding, these students can start molding and developing their problem-solving and engineering skills.

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 $73,201 given by 788 donors.



Last week's main project, Hands On Science!, was completed. High school students in Georgia will have the materials they need to do experiments in their new AP Environmental Science course.

The bonus project, Cardinals Soar with Microscope Exploration, was completed wth a heavy Kossack assist. High school students in Oklahoma will have the microscopes they need for their forensic science labs.

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 282!

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 07:00 AM PST.

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

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