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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: Cooking in the Classroom

Resources Needed: Green Thumb Clasroom Greenhouse, Plantarium Super Gel Garden Lab, Food Group Chart, The Foods You Eat Kit
School Poverty Level: High
Location: New River Elementary School, Wesley Chapel, FL
Total Cost: $270.21
Still Needed: $100.21 COMPLETED!
Expires: May 24, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Dinwiddie:

My Students: Have you ever had the opportunity to grow your own food? Help us put our gardening skills to work. Healthy gardening + healthy cooking = healthy hearts and minds. My students are motivated to learn about and care for a vegetable garden so the harvest can be used in healthy recipes.

My students attend a high poverty, elementary school in the state of Florida. They are a culturally diverse group. They are inquisitive children, who like to learn about gardening and healthy eating. My students will take on the responsibility of educating their peers about nutrition.

My Project: The greenhouse will help my students start plants from seed. Then they will transplant them into our school garden. Once we harvest, we will make healthy foods to eat and enjoy. My hope is that they take the love of healthy eating home with them. The interactive games and activities will help them develop an understanding of nutrition.

This project will have a positive impact on my students by promoting healthy eating and gardening. Your donations will help over 500 students live a healthier lifestyle. They will learn that a healthy lifestyle can also be a sustainable lifestyle.



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: Science Investigation Center  

Resources Needed: Amphibian Starter Habitat with Newts, Land & Sea Collection, Ant Life Cycle Stages, Root-Vue Farm, Life Cycle Specimen Set, Plants Specimen Set, Insects Specimen Sets, Magnet Set
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Ray Elementary School, Hutto, TX
Total Cost: $398.24
Still Needed: $154.41 $109.41
Expires: Aug 26, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Pina:

My Students: Young scientists need the chance to explore their environment. What better way to do that than to observe animals in their habitat, or plant seeds and watch them grow? My students need these materials in our classroom to help them grow as budding scientists.

I have 22 students in my first grade classroom. They attend a public school where we work very hard to provide them with experiences they may not be getting outside of school. My students are exceptionally curious...at least once a day I find myself helping them to look up the answer to a question a classmate posed that just cannot be ignored. I also have a small population of gifted students who are in the need of a good challenge and a lot of self directed exploration and research.

My Project: I am requesting materials for a science exploration station. I requested an amphibian habitat because I would love for my students to be able to observe newts in their habitat and learn how they adapt and grow. They will also be able to observe plant life with the Root-Vue planter, which will allow them to observe the roots of plants in the soil and learn about the plant life cycle first hand. Other exploration materials requested are plant and insect specimens for observation and magnets for exploration.

It is so important at any age, but especially in the younger grades, for students to make real life connections to their learning. These materials will help bring science to life for my students and provide them with and invaluable learning experience.


 
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Our Dollars at Work
High School students from Mr. Martin's AP Physics class working with Logger Pro software from the project, AP Physics Video Analysis Software & Markers To Show Results.

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


Housekeeping

Last week's bonus project, Do Lives Really Cycle????, was completed. High poverty elementary school students in Texas will learn about the life cycle of a mushroom, butterfly and frog from kits provided by this project.

We have made a significant dent in the Plate Tectonics project which still needs $56. I will bring it back as a bonus project if it doesn't cross the finish line in the next week.

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 178!

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 Apr 08, 2012 at 09:30 AM PDT.

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

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