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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 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: We're Going Batty

Resources Needed: 15 copies of Stellaluna and Amazing Bats
School Poverty Level: High
Location: John Snively Elementary School, Winter Haven, FL
Total Cost: $199.87
Still Needed: $160.46 Completed!
Expires: Oct 24, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Cramatte:

My Students: Bats are one of the most amazing animals in the world. They are the only flying mammals. They have excellent night vision and echolocation. Bats help humans by eating insects and pollinating flowers.

My classroom has 19 students with varying abilities: 7 ESOL students, 1 gifted student, and 11 students of varying abilities. We are a Title I school located in Florida. Our neighborhood consists of heavy industrial businesses, migrant housing, and the Eloise Community Resource Center (ECRC). Our students come from families in a predominantly economically disadvantaged community. Our free and reduced lunch percentage is 97%.

My Project: Bats are becoming an endangered species. We want to have fun learning all about this unique and helpful animal through nonfiction and fiction literature. We learn where bats live, explore some of the species of bats, look at types of homes they have and what they eat, and consider what they look like. We talk about myths (they're blind) and truths (bats are helpful), bat conservation, and other fun bat information.

My students need 15 copies each of a fiction and nonfiction book about bats because at the end of every school year we study bats, real and make-believe.

Using fiction and nonfiction books, my students will learn about bat behavior, habitats, and conservation. My students will use essential skills such as reading comprehension, mathematics, written and verbal communication, and more to learn about bats while learning about conservation, too.


COMPLETED!
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: Making Gold Out of Garbage!

Resources Needed: Composter, Worm Composter Kit, Redworms, Bottle Biology Book
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Big A Elementary School, Eastanollee, GA
Total Cost: $435.11
Still Needed: $170.78 Completed!
Expires: Nov 07, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Howell:

My Students: Identify a community need and look for ways to meet that need. My students know that local families have been challenged by a high unemployment rate and increasing grocery prices. Learning how to compost in the garden will provide them with a valuable skill that is also good for the environment.

My students are in the gifted program in a school that is located in a low socio-economic area which has experienced a high unemployment rate in recent years. They have expressed the desire to make a difference in their community by growing fresh food to donate to our local soup kitchen which feeds hundreds each week.

My Project: The students are totally engaged in projects that involve gardening. The composting project will be an extension of the gardening project that will provide opportunities for learning hands-on science and skills that they can take with them to the future. They will appreciate how the practice of composting will benefit both the garden and the environment by reducing the amount of garbage we put in landfills. Students will learn about decomposers in the environment and how they transform everyday trash and food scraps into a safe and valuable product that can be used to grow food.

Students thrive on the experience to learn by doing. Having the opportunity to work outdoors in the garden, to work collaboratively on a project that will benefit someone in need and to learn science concepts in the process will change attitudes and help students to develop their work ethic and appreciate what they have. This project will help to mold them into valuable members of their community who learn they can make a difference.


Completed!
Bonus Project #2 is open for business!
Bonus Project #2
When bonus project #1 is finished, let's work on this one.
Project: Plantasia

Resources Needed: aquatic plants
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Steele Creek Elementary School, Charlotte, NC
Total Cost: $193.36
Still Needed: $93.36 Completed!
Expires: Dec 31, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Mr. Wills:

My Students: Can you imagine what it would be like to live below water? These plants will be the final touches to the paludarium I have created so students can observe aquatic life with living plants. These plants will aid students in understanding photosynthesis and the dependence aquatic life has on plants.

My students are eager to learn and extremely fascinated with animals and plants. They live in a large city and lack the ability to witness the co-dependence between plants and aquatic animals.

Our school does not receive enough funding to provide teachers or students with extra teaching resources such as aquariums and plants. These students are wonderful children who are looking for advantages for a better education. They are wonderful students who learn visually and by participating.

My Project: I have already created a paludarium (part aquatic and part land terrarium). These plants will be the final touch to complete the project. These plants will provide them the experience and education of the co-dependence of plants and aquatic animals to discover a new world not readily at their disposal. My students will learn about the individual needs of plants and aquatic life. They will also learn about how aquatic life depends on plants for protection and breeding purposes.

I truly love teaching! With all of the changes being implemented, our school is falling behind on the potential for learning opportunities. We as teachers are constantly trying to find new ways to make our schools and classrooms better. With supporters like you and supplies like this, my classroom is taking one more step to further their education.

COMPLETED!
Thanks to all our readers for their support!

Our Dollars at Work
Students from Mrs. Moore's class working with their rock and mineral charts from the project, Rock 'N Learn!

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Mrs. Moore's thank you note and additional photos can be viewed at the link.


Housekeeping

Last week's main project, Linking Literacy and Math, was completed. Elementary students in Dade City, Florida will have the story book and tangram puzzle pieces they need to explore geometry.

The bonus project last week, Green Thumb Gardening, was also rescued with a Kossack assist. Elementary students in Tulsa, Oklahoma will have the compost bin they need for their garden.

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 212!

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 Aug 05, 2012 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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

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