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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: Squid Dissection

Resources Needed: Kits to dissect a marine organism - a squid!
School Poverty Level: High
Location: West Craven High School, Vanceboro, North Carolina
Total Cost: $381.96
Still Needed: $136.96 COMPLETED! Please see bonus project below.
Expires: Mar 01, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Dennis:

My Students: Noble Prize winner, Andre Gide once said, "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore," and I hope to give my students the opportunity to discover a "new ocean" of their own.

Our high school is labeled as a "title one public high school" in North Carolina. Being in a rural setting the students have grown up with very little. Their loving personality grows with their strong connection to their families and the role models that they find through-out their lives. My Marine Biology class consists of upper classmen that have finished taking all required science classes and want to go above and beyond by taking another. These students enjoy science and have been inspired to learn more about the ecosystems that are so close to their own community. The high school located about forty-five miles inland off the coast of North Carolina. Although this does not seem that far there are students that have never stepped foot on North Carolina's shore. With signing up for this class I hope that they all will have an opportunity to do so. They are truly amazing young adults that deserve nothing but the best education.

My Project: As we all know each student learns and processes information in different ways. Many need the hands-on experience in order to fully understand how things work. Dissecting a squid will give the students an opportunity to see how the body functions and will be able to discover the inside anatomy of this creature. The students will be able to see and learn how the internal organs work, will witness the squid's defense mechanisms, see how it moves, and will discover the ink sac and will actually be able to write with the ink! They will be able to understand the taxonomy of the squid or Loligo opalescens and why it classified the way it is.

I am requesting for two squid dissection kits. I have asked for two so that each of my classes through out the 2012 school year will get an opportunity to dissect this organism.

Establishing a foundation for the class is what has made this program a success. Starting from scratch and trying to find the resources needed in order to make the class enjoyable by all students was a huge task. This year I am trying to further the growth of the Marine Biology program by allowing students to gain a hands-on experience right inside the classroom. Dissecting squid will help the students connect to our beautiful ocean and allow them to gain an understanding of its importance.

COMPLETED!
Donations of ANY size DID 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: Anatomy Enrichment: Dissection for Understanding

Resources Needed: Animal parts (heart, lung, brain, eye) to see the correlation between their structure and function and how they are affected by diseases.
School Poverty Level: Moderate
Location:  Martin Middle School, Raleigh, North Carolina
Total Cost: $385.06
Still Needed: $136.06 COMPLETED! See you next Sunday!
Expires: Mar 05, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Stuart:

My Students: My students are excited about learning about themselves and the animals around them. Many wish to become doctors and veterinarians. They love the hands-on dissection of anatomy to see how these important body parts work.

My students are from a diverse population in North Carolina. They are eager to learn new and different concepts in greater detail than they have had access to previously. Our school has 45 minute classes, so with the large amount of curriculum we have to share, students no longer get the benefits of animal part dissection in their regular classes to increase their understanding of anatomy and how all the parts work together. Students with a strong desire to learn more detailed anatomy select this elective class.

My Project: Many students learn better in a hands-on situation and this unit will greatly enhance their learning and their ability to remember what they have learned. They will be able to see, touch and manipulate these systems and discover through inquiry how they work. The heart valves and circulatory system can be manipulated to show the one-way nature of the system. Eyes have many layers which enable them to perform in many varying situations. These layers will be separated to see how they work together to be most effective. Lungs can be "blown up" to model normal and diseased conditions (asthma), as well as dissected and put under a microscope to show the parts involved in this critical system. The brain is mapped out and compared to MRI scans of damaged brains to gain an understanding of how the brain compensates for physical deficiencies.

Being able to see, touch and manipulate different animal organs brings the concepts of how they move and work into a whole new light that will be remembered for years, and hopefully encourage a new generation of students to continue to learn about the fields of veterinary and human medicine.

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


Click image for the excellent Exploratorium brain structure slideshow.
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 $73,461 given by 790 donors.

DONATE HERE


Housekeeping:

Last week's main project, Rocktacular Rocks: A Scientific Voyage!, was completed. Atlanta grade-school students will receive rock, soil, and fossil samples, plus books and materials, to help them complete various earth-science projects. You can see the teacher's thank-you note at the link. Many thanks to all contributors!

See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 284!

As of Saturday night, these bonus projects from previous weeks remain open:

Project: Transforming Math Class!
Expires: Mar 13, 2013
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 Feb 10, 2013 at 07:00 AM PST.

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

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