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The Inoculation Project: Math & Science in Red State Schools

Solid science education is the best inoculation against ignorance.

The objective of this weekly project is to combat the anti-science push in conservative America by providing direct funding each week to math and science projects in red state classrooms.

Fortunately, a conduit organization for achieving this direct funding already exists: DonorsChoose.org. DonorsChoose.org allows you to make direct contributions to specific classroom projects (all vetted), resulting in tremendous and immediate impacts from small dollar donations.

Each week we focus on funding a single small-dollar project in a traditionally red state classroom. These are projects whose funding requests are expiring within the next week. If the projects are not funded by their expiration date, they die.

This Week's Project

Project: I Want to See it!
Resources Needed: DVDs that show the different types of rocks and demonstrate the rock cycle
School Poverty Level: High
State: North Carolina
Total Cost: $283.49
Still Needed: $141.75  $99.75
Expires: Apr 10, 2011
Click to Donate

Teacher's Comments:
My Students

It takes thousands, millions of years to form a rock. How can we see that in the classroom?

My students are the first in my middle school to take high school Earth Science. We are a Title 1 school in a rural area with a high population of minorities. Regardless of socioeconomic status or ethnicity, my students continue to strive for excellence! My students ask questions and they LOVE knowledge! They will not sleep through these videos, I PROMISE!!!!

My Project

The rock cycle is a large piece of the high school Earth Science curriculum. These videos will bring excitement and clear understanding of the rock cycle as this is difficult to accomplish with inquiry learning and a hands on lab. These videos are imperative to understanding changes that occur over many thousands and millions of years.

Please help me create a spark! When I learned about the rock cycle, I learned by reading a textbook and looking at pictures. I was bored and not interested! I don't want to rob my students of the opportunity to learn about the rock cycle as it is such a foundation to understanding about our Earth.

Please consider rescuing this project by making a small donation to it. Small dollars make a big difference.

Good News

Last week's project, Experiencing Life Cycles in Preschool, got rescued!

Here's a note from the teacher:

Thank you all for your generous donations to my project! These materials will create meaningful lessons on life cycles as the children understand that living things change as they grow. Teaching science as an inquiry-exploring, asking questions, investigating, recording, and reflecting-will help my students build skills and attitudes that are important throughout their school career. This way of thinking is important to many areas of learning throughout one's school career and life.

Thank you again so much for your generosity. I can't wait to begin using these materials in my classroom!

We also gave a huge boost to last week's bonus project, Making Math Physical!!

Here's a note from that teacher, as well:

Thank you for your generosity and support. It's people like you who make a difference in our schools today. My students and I are always thrilled to find out when a class project of ours is funded. Thank you for funding our new math manipulatives project These items will make learning math more fun and will make it easier for us to achieve our math goals.

In low income schools, such as the school that I work at, it is difficult to get everything that you need to teach the set criteria. Having a website like Donors Choose, and having donors such as yourselves, has made it a lot easier for teachers like myself. Thank you for all your support!


Projects Funded So Far

Can we grow this list of successes?

The Viking Shark Project
Weight Our Learning
Complications - Reading to Learn About the Human Body
The Colorful World of Science
Fill Our Display Case!
Magnetic Learning
Caught By A Kiss
Add, Subtract, Write, and Save the Trees!
Math Mania!
AVID Style Interactive Notebooks
Human Body Study for my Science Class
Physics Visuals
Rocks Rock at Knox
Owl Pellet Fun!
To the Front of the Class
Help A Fishy Cause
Microscopes for Illumination
What Day is it? I Forgot!
Absent Scientists
Math Centers Full of Learning!
Time For Kids?
Extend Our Learning
We've Got the Power to Learn Math (Help Us Get Charged Up)
We Are "Mac-ing!"
Help CreateNew Experiences & LearningThrough Nonfiction Text
Projecting Success!
Help Us See. Help Us Learn
Save The World ... Make It A Better Place!
Feathered Friends
Write and Stick Learning
Leading Through Learning
Hands on ESL Scientists
Electricity Shock!
Up and Atom...A Chemistry and Math Experience!
Sun Power!
Erupting With Excitement!
I Believe I Can Fly!
Art and Science Team Up!
Bringing the Earth Up Close and Personal
Fixing the Ditch
Creepy, Crawly, Critters!
Macro Micro Nano: The Minuscule World Revealed
VaVaVaVoom Vibrant Math in Art
Ant-icipating Results!
Exploring Force and Motion
Calculating our Potential in Physics and Chemistry
Let Me See It: Representing Mathematical Models
He Ate WHAT?!?
Chemistry is a Piece of Cake!!!!!
Current Events in Science
"Prints, Bones And Stones," Oh My!!
6th Grade Science Fair Here We Come!
Super Science Centers Grade 1
Math Maniacs Need More Games
123 Count With Me!
Have Rockets...Will Travel!
Lab Notebooks (Just Like a Real Scientist)!!
Reading and Math is AWESOME!!! WE LOVE IT!!!!
Elements You Can See
Truth of Fertilizer: Investigative Research
The Pendulum Swings
Young Scientists: Investigating and Recording Data
Hands on Physics
Getting to The Roots of Our Plants!
Help Me Protect My Students
Have Fun With Math And Science!!!
Hands on Heredity
Happy Hypermedia Creates Happy Homeroom
Science Technology - Time to Interact
Watch it Grow
Interactive Math for 4th Graders
Math Manipulative Mania!
Help Us Get Wired for Our Robot Competition!
Scientific Learning with ScienceSaurus
Our 4th Annual Science Fair!
I see. I think. I can
Math Is Everywhere in 3rd Grade!
Keeping It Real with Non-Fiction Reading!
Science Students Need Hands-on Research Capability
Creating Science Solvers and Critical Thinkers
Picture-Inspired Writing
HP for AP Chemistry
Creating Science
The Quest for Math
Video by Van
Environmental Science DVDs
Motivate to Cultivate
Saving a Life at Mc Nair
CSI: Classroom Science Investigation
Math Monster Mania
Makin' Math Fun!
The Great Science Film Makers
Sink or Swim Time in Aquatic Science
Science Fair Projects
Experiencing Life Cycles in Preschool
Making Math Physical!


Helpful Links

DonorsChoose.org Blog
DonorsChoose.org Donor FAQ
All DonorsChoose.org Math & Science Projects

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with DonorsChoose.org, or any of the classroom projects presented for funding. I'm just volunteering my time and pixels to make a difference.

Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 11:57 AM PDT.

Also republished by J Town and SciTech.

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