Skip to main content



 The Inoculation Project: Science & Math in Red State Schools

♦◊♦◊♦◊♦◊♦

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 ten-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. A recent Seattle Times editorial endorsed DonorsChoose, along with the efforts of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to gain visibility for it in the Seattle area.

We're no Gates Foundation, but each Sunday, we focus on funding a single small-dollar project in a traditionally red state classroom, preferably in a high-poverty district.

♦◊♦◊♦◊♦◊♦

Look for us every week on SUNDAY morning at 10 AM ET/ 7 AM PT.

This Week's Main Project
Project: Future Scientists in Action

Resources Needed: a hands-on Forces and Motion Activity Tub and Forces and Motion Book Library
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Pembroke Elementary School, Pembroke, North Carolina
Total Cost: $223.00
Still Needed: $113.00 Completed!
Expires: May 03, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. J:

My Students: Let's face it, text books are boring! I can't recall ever seeing students excited and engaged when reading a text book. But give them a hands-on project or activity and you will see excitement and learning taking place.

I am honored this year to be teaching 27 enthusiastic fifth graders in a Title One school in rural North Carolina. Most of the students in our school are Native American. They each come with their own unique learning styles and abilities. But, one thing they all have in common is their love for science and hands-on investigations.

My Project: We will soon begin our study of Motion and Forces. With the Motion and Forces Activity Tub, students will race cars down ramps, build their own roller coasters, watch balloon rockets zoom by and get an exciting look at force and motion in action! The Motion and Forces skill-building library features 5 fascinating books that reinforce and expand on the themes presented in the Force and Motion Activity Tub. The high-interest titles and colorful illustrations will make concepts super-easy to grasp.

Your donations to this project will enable students to describe Newton’s Laws of Motion and identify examples of these laws at work in the world around them. They will know that unbalanced forces cause changes in the speed of an object’s motion and they will understand qualities of motion including position, velocity, acceleration, and momentum, as well as forces which hinder motion, like friction. Seeing science processes in action is a winning strategy for high engagement and high retention.

Completed
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: Fuel of the Future: Fuel Cell Power

Resources Needed: eight model fuel cell cars plus the Hi-Racer 2.0 Kit
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Croatan High School, Newport, North Carolina
Total Cost: $984.61
Still Needed: $97.00 $69.35
Expires: Jul 02, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Moore:

My Students: WOW! A car that is powered by hydrogen and does NOT produce toxic poisons to pollute our air!

Students in the Earth and Environmental classes are freshmen. Our school is a high achieving school, ranked number 8 in our state's ABC ranking system. It is a rural school, and we seek all opportunities to challenge our students. Hands-on activities are the most important tool for the science educator, and these kits that show how a hydrogen cell work will be a perfect tool to suit my students.

My Project: My students need eight model fuel cell cars plus the Hi-Racer 2.0 Kit. By using the fuel cell kits, my students will learn how hydrogen fuel cells work. They will also explore the basics of electrolysis. Working in teams of 3 to 4 students will give my kids an opportunity for co-operative learning. Additionally, we will use the hydrogen fuel cars and compare them to solar cars.

Won't you help students understand how hydrogen fuel cells work? It's an opportunity to enhance their learning and give them the knowledge to understand the pros and cons of this future energy source as well participate in group interaction.

DONATE HERE
Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!


Our Dollars at Work
Students from Ms. LeBel's class work on one of their alternative-energy labs, from the project Evolving Energy's Efficiency.

...As soon as they saw the kits, their eyes lit up and they were intrigued. More importantly, their use of the labs helped them grasp the concept of alternative energy usage. The K'NEX alternative energy building set is amazing because it is an ever changing feature in my classroom. Each day my students create a new alternative energy model and monitor its use. In turn, they go home and create similar models that produce similar results with household materials in hopes of reducing energy costs! I am amazed!

Ms. Anderson's students tend to their vermi-compost, from the project, Worms, Worms, Worms - The Magic of Waste Reduction.

...We use our worm bin almost everyday an keep careful track of how much waste we are reducing (about half a pound each use). My favorite part of the project is watching the students' continual amazement. They enjoy weighing our food and putting it into the bin, making sure the food is completely covered, etc.
Budget cuts have impacted instruction everywhere, and there is little room for enrichment activities. But your charity has allowed these students to get a truly authentic experience.
There are additional photos at the links.

Housekeeping:

Last week's main project, Chemistry for Twenty-First Century Learners, was completed. (This was the bonus project two weeks ago.) High-poverty urban middle-school students in North Carolina will synthesize both soap and nylon in their chemistry class, thanks to Inoculation Project donors. You can see the teacher's thank-you note at the link. Many thanks to all contributors!

See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 165!

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.

Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Sun Feb 12, 2012 at 07:00 AM PST.

Also republished by J Town, Dream Menders, and SciTech.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site