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 The Inoculation Project: Science & Math in Red State Schools

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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.

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

This Week's Main Project
Project: Meteorologists Exploring Wonderful Weather  

Resources Needed: thermometers, a weather tracker, rain gauge, anemometer, weather activity tub, water cycle learning center, and, weather related books, charts and manipulatives
School Poverty Level: High
Location: River Oaks Elementary School, Woodbridge, VA
Total Cost: $431.96
Still Needed: $101.96 COMPLETED!
Expires: May 05, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Murray:

My Students: Do you remember conducting science investigations in second grade? Probably not! The weather and water cycle unit is both exciting and challenging to the students. They need hands-on materials to grasp these difficult concepts. My budding scientists love to explore the world around them.

My students love to do science investigations! Many of the students I teach are not exposed to science at home. The students attend a Title I school and many come from very low income homes. Our classroom has students from various countries and diverse backgrounds. They are young enough to be excited about the natural world around them but lack the exposure and experiences to investigate this world. Weather tools and scientific words are not commonly used outside of the classroom. This lack of exposure makes the concepts harder for these students to understand. There is much excitement whenever we do a hands-on science investigation! Help these students to become the scientists of tomorrow.

My Project: Student meteorologists who use thermometers, a rain gauge, an anemometer, weather chart, and weather tracking map will truly learn by doing. These students love to investigate the natural world around them. What better way than by using manipulative's to learn with. The weather activity tub has materials that the students can use independently! Second graders have an active imagination and pretending to be meteorologists is exciting to them.

The weather vocabulary pocket chart, the weather and the water cycle learning center games, file folder games, and the wrap around science game will all have multiple uses. They can be used during science time as well as during our literature stations time of our reading block. So much learning goes on when science content is reinforced and continued to be taught during the reading block of the day.

Students learn best by doing. Donations to this project will allow students to be meteorologists! What fun these students will have using the manipulative's that this project will provide for them. These future scientists will have a love of learning about science because it will be interesting and fun. This is what science should be about!



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: Plate Tectonics  

Resources Needed: 3 tectonic sandboxes
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Gardner Newman Middle School, Lagrange, GA
Total Cost: $437.94
Still Needed: $176.04 $156.04
Expires: Jul 21, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Graham:

My Students: Our 6th grade students can study graphs, charts and pictures of how plate tectonics work, but really seeing the changes in the Earth would truly help them understand the concept. This tectonic sandbox would enable all students to see the processes being taught in class.

We are a fairly large middle school in West Central Georgia. Our school has over 1,000 students ranging in ages from 10 to 15. Our students come from all walks of life and face many different challenges but come to school and genuinely show an eagerness to learn!

My Project: The tectonic sandbox is a model which vividly demonstrates convergent, divergent, and transform boundaries. The model is hands-on and easy to use. By ordering 3, each of our 3 science teachers would be able to use the models simultaneously with their classes.

Our school strives to engage students, and our students truly enjoy hands-on activities. Having a model like this would allow our students to see a concept that is usually only illustrated through photos and charts. This model would bring science to life for our 6th grade students!


 
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Our Dollars at Work
Jr. High School students from Mr. Prichard's class working on their hot air balloons from the project, Wingless Wonder,Roaring Thunder,Breathing Fire,Rising Higher.

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Mr. Prichard's thank you note and additional photos can be seen at the link.


Housekeeping

Last week's main project, Get Their Hands on It!, was completed. High poverty elementary school students in Georgia will study an ecosystem that they build with the materials provided by this project.

The bonus project, Pill Bug Palace, was also completed. High poverty elementary students in Indiana will have all the supplies they need to maintain and study pill bugs.

Many thanks to all our contributors who made these projects possible in these classrooms! Thank you notes from the teachers can be seen at the links.

See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 176!

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 Mar 25, 2012 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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

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