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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 twelve-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. 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: Linking Literacy and Math

Resources Needed: Grandfather Tang's Story and Tangrams to help them make sense of geometry.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Pasco Elementary School, Dade City, Florida
Total Cost: $250.40
Still Needed: $190.99 COMPLETED! Thanks to all of our donors!
Expires: Aug 23, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Campbell:

My Students: Do you remember learning math as a set of rules you had to follow but not really understanding why it was important? My students could really use a way to connect with geometric concepts.

My students are creative thinkers and problem solvers. They possess a healthy appetite for making sense of their world. An ethnically diverse group, these students attend a rural Title I school in Florida where more than 80% of students receive free or reduced price lunch.

My Project: I will be sharing Grandfather Tang's Story, a book which introduces the tangram puzzle pieces and forms they can take to the students. Getting a chance to make a link from the Grandfather Tang's Story read aloud to hands-on activities with the Tangrams sets, Math Machine Tangram Puzzle Cards and Shape by Shape Game will allow these students to make sense of geometry, not just memorize formulas and facts. Students will learn about transformations (flips, slides, and turns of the pieces), composition and decomposition of shapes, fractional concepts, as well as perimeter and area concepts. The Tangrams and Pentominoes book will provide further ideas of getting the most out of the tangram puzzles and will help students to deepen their understanding.

Your donations to this project will impact my students by giving them a foundation of understanding early on in their lives. This will serve to provide them future success in mathematics and problem solving.

COMPLETED!
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: Green Thumb Gardening

Resources Needed: one 37 gal compost tumbler.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Mitchell Elementary School, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Total Cost: $398.89
Still Needed: $199.45 COMPLETED! Thank you all.
Expires: Dec 07, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Beavers

My Students: "The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world." -- Vita Sackville-West

I teach at a Title One urban school with a large Hispanic population. I am also the leader of our school garden club. This will be our school's third year of having over 27 garden beds. These beds were built by the students as well as the students have moved dirt, planted plants, weeded and watered their beds with the guidance of their classroom teacher. These 27 beds are teaching over 515 students through science, math, literature, as well as social skills.

My Project: Our school wants to continue student learning with gardening through teaching the students to compost.

In order to start teaching the students how to compost and the benefits of composting, our school needs a compost bin. Having a compost bin can help our students learn about macro- and micro-nutrients, enriching the soil, erosion, recycling, reusing, and so much more.

With your donation you will be helping not just one class but a whole school. That is over 515 students. Our gardening as well as composting will teach the students much more than a book can.

COMPLETED!
Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!


Our Dollars at Work
Students from Ms. James' class using the binoculars and other resources provided by the project Outdoor Science: Birds, Birds, Birds.
TIP: Birds, Birds, Birds, Students using binocularsTIP: Birds, Birds, Birds

There are additional photos at the link.


Housekeeping:

Last week's main project, Math Manipulatives for Autism, was completed. Students with low functioning Autism in an elementary school in Joplin will now have manipulatives to help them learn various math skills.

The bonus project last week, Explore to Learn II, was also rescued with a Kossack assist. Elementary school students in Sapulpa, Oklahoma will receive microscopes for their Life Science Lab

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 210!

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.

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Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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

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