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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 twelve-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. Each week, we focus on funding a single small-dollar project at a time, in a traditionally red state classroom and preferably in a high-poverty district.
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This Week's Main Project
Project: Math Manipulatives for Autism

Resources Needed: math manipulatives to help them learn counting, sorting, writing numbers, addition, and many other skills
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Cecil Floyd Elementary School, Joplin, Missouri
Total Cost: $529.93
Still Needed: $104.93 COMPLETED! Please see bonus project below.
Expires: Oct 22, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Steiner:

My Students: Math is an essential skill for any student to learn, but because my students have low functioning Autism they learn in different ways. Most of them are concert learners making it essential to have hands on manipulatives to help them learn. Our classroom is lacking many essential manipulatives.

As I stated above, my kids have low functioning Autism. Most of them are non-verbal, some say only a few essential words. We have the task of teaching them how to communicate, as well as finding different ways to have them show their knowledge. Just because they are non-verbal does not mean they don't have a wealth of knowledge in their brains.

They attend a specialized program for kids with Autism. They are considered "self-contained" because we are teaching them the essential skills to be able to be a part of the general education classroom.

It is essential to have learning tools to teach them, since they are unable to communicate what they know using words.

My Project: Again, we are requesting hands on math manipulatives to help students with low functioning Autism. They will help the students to show what they know without having to use their words.

This will help progress students to a higher level of learning and help students to gain more knowledge as well.

Your donations will help these students not only show what they know, but again help them to achieve higher levels of learning than they would have have been able to achieve without these manipulatives.

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!
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: Explore to Learn II

Resources Needed: 13 microscopes!  
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Lone Star Elementary School, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
Total Cost: $182.95
Still Needed: $132.95 $36.78
Expires: Dec 12, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Braden:

My Students: This school year my students will be walking into a brand new classroom with old textbooks, teacher's editions, and tables. My middle school science students will not have ANY Science supplies other than what is donated. Please help fill our room with the tools we need to Explore to Learn!

Your donation will be influencing the education of Middle School Science students in a low income rural area of Oklahoma. My students come from great hard working families and they need the opportunity to experience hands-on science like students from the larger cities in our area.

My Project: We are requesting 13 microscopes. Period.

Our school does not supply microscopes for our Life Science Lab, just textbooks. We are asking for a 'teacher' microscope that can be used with our projector and also 12 'student' microscopes that can be used in partners, pairs, or small groups for the students to experience life science up close.

This project will make an impact on the students in our school by offering a tool that they have not used personally in the past. This will not only provide one microscope for a classroom but, thirteen microscopes! Please help our classroom be prepared for learning about Life Science this school year!

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!

Our Dollars at Work
Students from Mrs. Danford's class building models of the atoms of various elements, from the project What a Bohr: An Atom and All Its Parts!

There are additional photos at the link.


Last week's main project, Science....It's Everywhere!!, was completed. A class in a small elementary school in southwestern Virginia will now have twelve "science buckets", containing basic tools for examining the natural world, that they can use on the playground or check out to take home overnight!

The bonus project last week, Physics Fun, was also rescued with a Kossack assist. A South Carolina middle school will receive a selection of equipment for studying physics in a hands-on way.

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 208!

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
All math & science projects search results

We are in no way affiliated with, or any of the classroom projects presented for funding.


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Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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

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