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.
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.
|If you've been following us the past few weeks, you know that we are approaching our 200th completed project, and so we are deliberately s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g out the time until that happens, because we have a special surprise on the way for that celebration, and it's not ready yet!
However, you guys are making it difficult by being so generous, even with the high-priced projects we've been picking. We are not complaining! But we're trying again to stall a bit so we can push our big celebration off into July. This week's project needs much more to complete than we usually present here, and there is enough time left so that we can revisit it in future weeks if it remains open. We hope you'll honor us with your donations of any size, your comments, your tips and recs, and/or your social media shares, as you always do.
Project: Post EF5 Tornado Agri-Science Investigators Part 8
Mrs. Dinwiddie's Florida elementary school class grew their own vegetables and herbs, created recipes, cooked, and tasted their food in the project, Cooking in the Classroom:
Last week's main project, Super Scientists On The Prowl!, was completed with a Kossack assist. Preschool students in Louisiana will be able to have fun learning with greenhouses, magnets, magnifiers, and mirrors.
The bonus project from a few weeks ago, Learning About Solar Energy With A Solar Oven, was also rescued with a Kossack assist. Third grade students in the Sunshine State will use a solar oven and powerhouse to study solar energy and other forms of alternative energy.
We also made a significant dent in last week's bonus project. We have some time on this project, and one of us will bring it back for a second round in the very near future.
You can see the teachers' thank-you notes at the links above. Many thanks to all contributors!
See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 199!
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.
We are in no way affiliated with DonorsChoose.org, or any of the classroom projects presented for funding.