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 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, a ten-year-old organization rated highly by both Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau.

Here's a little introductory video about DonorsChoose. 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.

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.

This Week's Main Project
Project: Post EF5 Tornado Agri-Science Investigators Part 8

Resources Needed: kits to perform tests on soil and plants
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Joplin High School - 9th&10th Grade Campus, Joplin, Missouri
Total Cost: $564.40
Still Needed: $459.99 $249.98
Expires: October 13, 2012  

Teacher's Comments from Mr. Cutler:

My Students: On May 22, 2011 our schools were destroyed by an EF5 tornado. We lost all of our supplies and resources. As an agriculture and natural resource program, we lost an immense amount of supplies. We are trying to get everything we need to perform our labs.

Students enrolled in agriculture and natural resources classes are the future of our nation. When enrolled in these courses, students use inquiry-based, hands-on learning to discover the natural world. These are non-traditional agriculture & natural resources students, since they come from an urban environment. My students are important to me because they have to overcome many daily challenges that high school students should not have to face.

Before the tornado that destroyed the city one challenge our students faced was poverty. Over half of the students qualify for free or reduced price lunch program. After the tornado their challenges multiplied because many lost a friend, family member, home, pets, schools and their normalcy of life.

My Project: Students enrolled in agriculture and natural resources classes develop a scientific approach of studying the natural world. I am requesting plant nutrition and soil test kits. With these resources, students will build skills in scientific study to help them succeed in science, technology, engineering, and math related careers.

We want to get hands-on with our experiments! With these resources I've requested, we will have a chance to do that. Please help my students discover the fascinating world of agriculture and natural resources, as they dive into the world of plant science.

soil test kit
Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!

Our Dollars at Work
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:


There are additional photos at the link.


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.

More information: main page blog donor FAQ
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We are in no way affiliated with, or any of the classroom projects presented for funding.

Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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

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