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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: Making A Splash With Waves

Resources Needed: 2 wave tanks
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Hannibal High School, Hannibal, MO
Total Cost: $268.18
Still Needed: $258.18 $76.71
Expires: Aug 26, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Rosenkrans:

My Students: I have very inquisitive physics students. They love working with manipulatives and seeing how things work. We have been studying waves and wave motion. I have some materials to do this, but am lacking a wave table. The requested materials would allow us to study reflection and refraction.

This is a small, rural school district. Many of my students go on to college or a technical school. Quite a few of them are using science in their careers after leaving our district. I enjoy showing them a variety of concepts and how to apply them further.

My Project: These two wave tables will allow my students to explore and design experiments to test the theories they are learning about. We play with Slinkys now, but they move so fast it is difficult to see the waves. This would help slow those down. And who would not love to play with water?

These wave tables will help my students visualize what happens to sound and light waves as they are moving. This is something that can be explained, but having a direct visual makes it so much more concrete.

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: Amazing Animals

Resources Needed: Preserved Animal Survey Set
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Sedalia Elementary School, Sedalia, KY
Total Cost: $329.76
Still Needed: $244.76 $224.76
Expires: Sep 10, 2012  

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Dowdy:

My Students: Students LOVE animals. They also enjoy studying about them. The preserved animal survey comparison kits will allow my students to compare/contrast the 5 types of vertebrates plus various invertebrates and learn common adaptations of various animals.

My 4th graders attend a National Blue Ribbon school in rural Western Kentucky. My students set high goals for themselves and work extremely hard to meet their goals. Animal adaptations is an exciting unit and these resources will allow it to come alive for my students.

My Project: These resources will allow my students to participate in a lesson called Mystery Animals where they make predictions based on inferences from the various specimens. The preserved animal survey set is necessary to conduct this activity. There are numerous animals in this kit that my students are unfamiliar with and these samples will allow them to learn about them in a more concrete type of way. Also, the comparison models will allow my students to compare/contrast visually the 5 types of vertebrates and various invertebrates.

The donations to this request will allow my students to participate in hands on, inquiry based activities while discovering concepts about animals. The impact will allow my students to draw conclusions about animal life.

Half of the Preserved Animal Survey Set

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!


Last week's main project, Science is Out of This World!, was completed. Elementary students in Greenwood, Indiana will have many different space themes books, puzzles, and games for their unit on space and the solar system.

We made a significant dent in the bonus project last week, Earth, Moon Phases, Planets. We have a lot of time left (Nov.) on this project and I will bring it back for a second round in the very near future.

You can see the teacher's thank-you note at the links above. Many thanks to all contributors!

See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 216!

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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Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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

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