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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 is 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.


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On Sunday, July 8th at 10 AM ET/7 AM PT

To Celebrate The Completion Of

The Inoculation Project's 200th Project

This Week's Main Project
Project: Wild About The Environment

Resources Needed: life cycle models, animal track replicas, from seed to plant specimen center, reduce, reuse, recycle activity center, worm vue wonders, environmental books and activities
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Routh Roach Elementary School, Garland, TX
Total Cost: $867.22
Still Needed: $105.37 Completed!
Expires: Aug 06, 2012  

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Fontenette:

My Students: There is no denying that people are having a significant impact on the natural environment. Second graders are at an age where they still see the world in a very concrete way. It is extremely difficult for them to grasp the effect that we have on our environment. Wild About the Environment can help!

I teach second grade bilingual at a public Title I elementary school. All of my students are considered "at risk" because they are economically disadvantaged and they speak a language other than English at home. However, I personally do not consider them "at risk." I have very high expectations for ALL of my students...

My Project: The goal of this program is to provide the students with hands-on scientific tools, Reducing, Reusing and Recycling games, life cycle models and themed books designed to heighten environmental awareness. Scientific research indicates that children who use hands-on science are generally more interested in science and have a better understanding of the nature of science than students who use just textbooks.

Engaging students in inquiry can provide a powerful learning experience where students not only learn about science content, but also gain reasoning and research skills. As reasoning and research skills improve, so too will reading abilities and social studies skills...


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: Post EF5 Tornado Agri-Science Investigators Part 8

Resources Needed: plant nutrition kit, soil test kit and a plant macronutrient kit
School Poverty Level: High
Location:Joplin High School, 9th&10th Grade Campus,
Joplin, MO
Total Cost: $564.40
Still Needed: $249.98 Completed!
Expires: Oct 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...

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.


Thank you all so very much!
Bonus Project #2
Since bonus project #1 is finished, those who'd still like to play may work on this one, which we started a while ago.
Project: Making Math Tangible: Mathematics Manipulatives

Resources Needed: Algebra manipulatives, leveled texts for algebraic thinking, algebra tiles, algebra station activities, algebra anchor charts (posters), and algebra DVDs.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Rosa Fort High School, Tunica, Mississippi
Total Cost: $495.89
Still Needed: $270.89 Completed!
Expires: Aug 07, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Mr. McGowan:

My Students: It's difficult being a child in the poorest region of the poorest state in the U.S. The Mississippi Delta region students face great challenges in their education, specifically in the area of mathematics. Generations of family illiteracy, the de-emphasizing of the importance of mathematics at home.

Albert Einstein said, "Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas." I am always looking for ways to ignite a love of mathematics in my students, particularly algebra. Like Einstein's quote implies, the study of mathematics requires students to use and develop "logical ideas." Logical thinking is beneficial in all subject areas and in life in general.

I work at a Title I school in the Mississippi Delta region, where all of my students come from low-income homes. Most of the algebra related activities and manipulatives that we have are the ones that came with our math series. They are outdated and uninteresting to the students. I have invested some of my money on a few sets of algebra tiles and other manipulatives, but what I have been able to afford is not enough to go around in 4 classes of 30 students.

My Project: Donating to this project will provide my students with algebra tiles, leveled texts for algebraic thinking, anchor charts (posters), algebra station activities and DVDs. The anchor charts will be posted in the classroom to be used by the students as scaffolds (reminders of rules and formulas) as they complete their class work. The manipulatives, leveled texts and station activities will be used in mathematics workstations. I plan to create 3-5 workstations that students will rotate through on a weekly basis. It is my expectation that use of these manipulatives will increase the logical, algebraic thinking of all my students.

This is a hardworking, deserving group of students! They have been very eager to do well in Algebra I and Algebra II and to pass the state exam. Your donation to our cause will make a difference.

Thank you all for your support.

Our Dollars at Work
Elementary school students from Mrs. Dorman's class are working with their carnivorous plants provided by the project, Very Hungry Plants!


Mrs. Dorman's thank you note and additional photos can be seen at the link.


We made a significant dent in last week's main project, Post EF5 Tornado Agri-Science Investigators Part 8. We have brought it back as this week's bonus project and hopefully we can continue to chip away at it.

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 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.

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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 Jul 01, 2012 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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

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