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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 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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This Week's Main Project
Project: Insects: Living Jewels Of The Natural World

Resources Needed: 2 setups for hatching preying mantis egg cases, insect specimen sets, nets and viewing boxes, and art supplies for recording observations.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Brogden Middle School, Durham, North Carolina
Total Cost: $684.45
Still Needed: $201.46 Completed. Thank you!
Expires: May 04, 2014

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Livingstone:

My Students: We may be facing record low temperatures and dangerous chills, but spring is just around the corner. My students will be antsy to get outdoors and have a little hands-on science fun. Disney, you can help my students learn about insects!

My urban middle school students do not have the opportunity to spend much time outdoors. They are not familiar with a lot of wildlife. Insects, however, can be found everywhere, including in the little strip of grass between a sidewalk and the edge of a road.

When warm weather hits, we're ready to embark on a reading adventure. We've got a wonderful collection of insect books. Please help us combine our literacy work with close observation of some real insects.

My Project: My students need two setups for hatching preying mantis egg cases along with the egg cases, two insect specimen sets, insect nets and magnifying viewing boxes, and colored pencils and paper for recording observations.

We will use these materials to learn about insects prior to embarking on a insect hunt on our school grounds. Once we've gathered some living specimens, we'll use the art supplies to make a record of our careful observations. A resident praying mantis habitat filled with newly emerged insect young will make our classroom the hopping place to be!

Sure, reading is important, and we do work hard at strengthening our literacy skills every day. But, once the warm weather hits, I know my students will be ready for something different. Please help my students learn that there is a thriving natural world even in the midst of a city. Thank you!

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: The Great Solar Race - Continues!

Resources Needed: 30 solar car kits.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Croatan High School, Newport, North Carolina
Total Cost: $990.07
Still Needed: $495.03 Completed. Thank you!
Expires: May 12, 2014

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Moore:

My Students: Solar power! Free, endless, non-polluting power! It's a viable alternative energy!

I am a science teacher in a rural high school in North Carolina. In the previous ranking system, our high performing school was ranked in the top ten high schools of NC for nine consecutive years.

However, there are many areas in which we still to improve. One of the earth science curriculum standards concerns an environmental component: the effective use of solar energy resources. I have expanded the solar energy unit to be more individualistic in the hands on approach.

My Project: The instructional supplies for my project include a request for 35 solar race cars. I know that my students will enjoy and be intrigued using the race cars and varying the amount of solar energy they receive. When we get ready to have our own version of the "sun rayce" (there is a national collegiate competition with solar energy cars) my students will not want to be placed in groups. I would love for each pair of students to have access to a car. In my honors class, each student will be able to have his own car. I anticipate getting both qualitative and quantitative measurements.

Ultimately, by using the solar energy supplies and making the solar cars, my students can more effectively see how the sun can power these small contraptions and certainly the larger ones, like our homes and buildings.

Thank you for considering funding this project for my students and our future. The Great Solar race is indeed on!

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!


Last week's main project, Math and Literature a Happy Marriage, was completed. Elementary school students will receive Sir Cumference books and Mathstart books to help build their math and reading comprehension. You can see the teacher's thank-you note at the link. Many thanks to all contributors!

Our bonus project, Amazing Owl Pellets was also completed with a Kossack assist. Middle school students in Tennessee will use owl pellets to study predator and prey relationships.

See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 392!

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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Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 07:01 AM PST.

Also republished by J Town, Kitchen Table Kibitzing, and SciTech.

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