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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: Cultivating Young Gardeners

Resources Needed: root viewer garden, root-vue farm, carnivorous creations kit, terrarium, hydro-dome, gardening tools and other plants
School Poverty Level: High
Location: East Broad St Elementary Sch, Savannah, GA
Total Cost: $488.62
Still Needed: $204.90 Completed!
Expires: Mar 01, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Moye:

My Students: The responsibility of caring for a plant or animal helps children better understand the value of all living things. Introducing children to the basic concepts of plant needs and characteristics at a young age teaches children how to be respectful of all living things.

I teach first grade at an inner city elementary school in Georgia. The majority of my students come from low-income families. I teach all subjects to 21 first grade children who are eager to learn. They come to school each day and strive to do their best. Despite the fact that the majority of my students face many obstacles of poverty, they are optimistic and eager about learning. As important as it is to succeed academically, I feel it is also very important to have fun at school as well. I try to incorporate as many ways as possible to make learning hands-on fun for my students.

My Project: One of the first grade science standards in our common core state curriculum requires first grade students to investigate the characteristics and basic needs of plants and animals. We would love to have a variety of plant and gardening materials for investigating the characteristics of various plants. I would love to bring the responsibility of gardening to life in my classroom.

Growing and caring for plants will allow students to learn the responsibility of caring for and nurturing their plant to keep it alive. It will help foster kindness, respect, patience and empathy for other living beings as well as provide my students with a better understanding of the value of all living things. Funding for this project will make it possible for my students to take care of their classroom plants. A quote from Benjamin Franklin that is often used in education is "Tell me and I

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: Why Does the Ground Move?

Resources Needed: Earth Model, Seismograph Model, Geology Demonstration Kit, and Stream Table Kit
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Millennia Elementary School, Orlando, FL
Total Cost: $282.59
Still Needed: $173.76 $163.76
Expires: May 24, 2013    

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Kearns:

My Students: Have you ever wondered how and why the Earth's surface is always changing? My students want to know all about it.

My class is filled with High Poverty and Highly Motivated students who are curious about the world around them. These 21 students want to know more, but lack the resources to find answers about our planet. Their families are just struggling to live day to day and cannot afford the extras to be on the cutting edge of education.

My Project: These items will help them understand the basics of how our Earth is constantly changing and working. The Earth model will help them to visualize the different layers of the Earth. The Stream table will allow them to see how erosion works and test their ideas of how to slow down erosion. The Seismograph Model will allow them to see how earthquakes are measured. The Geology Demonstration Model will allow them to see the internal workings of earthquakes and possible assist them in designing better warning systems and safer cities and buildings.

This project is so important to these students because they are curious about the world around them. These materials will help them to understand how the Earth is shaped and how it moves. Through this understanding, these students can start molding and developing their problem-solving and engineering skills.

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!
Sandy Hook School Fund

Supporting Newtown Teachers is a special, open-ended DonorsChoose project designed to support all teachers in the Newtown, CT, public school system. It remains open to donations through June 30, 2013, at which time the fund will be distributed equally to all teachers in that system, for projects of their choosing. The project was organized by the Connecticut Commissioner of Education and the American Federation of Teachers. We will track it until completion.
commemorative ribbon loop for sandy hook school shooting in newtown ct

The fund currently has $65,930 given by 761 donors.



Last week's main project, Classic Genetics Lab Activities For All Students, was completed. High school students in Mississippi will have the materials they need for various genetic experiments.

The bonus project, Microscopes to Help Students Appreciate the Small Things, was completed wth a Kossack assist.Junior High school students in Utah will have the microscopes they need to study cells.

Both donor choice projects, Kite Flying Fun and The First Step is a Number, were funded with Kossack assists.

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 278!

More information: main page blog donor FAQ
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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 Jan 20, 2013 at 07:00 AM PST.

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

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