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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 thirteen-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: Whooo Did I Eat?

Resources Needed: owl pellets, the bone sorting charts, a food web diagram, and nitrile gloves for protection while examining the owl pellets.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, GA
Total Cost: $391.91
Still Needed: $182.95 Completed! Please move on to the bonus project.
Expires: July 28, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Ms. McCook:

My Students: Have you ever wondered what animals are represented in the food chain? Is it possible to find evidence of them? Yes? How? Owl Pellets? The students will examine the owl pellets to see what the owls have previously eaten to see what animals have been present in the food web.

My students live in South Georgia near a military base. Most are military students who constantly move all over the world, so we have a large group of transient students due to the military base. We also have a large number of high poverty students. Our students are extremely diverse and work very hard to be college and career ready.

My Project: The students will become detectives as they sift through fragments of bone and compare them to the bone chart to see if they can tell what animal they came from. Then the student will compare that information to the various food webs that they have and make their conclusions. They will be able to trace that owl's history by tracing the owl pellet.

My students need owl pellets, the bone sorting charts, a food web diagram, and nitrile gloves for protection while examining the owl pellets.

Students should be able to learn a lot about themselves in comparison to the owls, since doctors and forensic scientists are able to tell a lot about where we have been by our remains as well. Please help my students make the connections. We are wanting to dissect owl pellets to learn how to trace the owl's progression through the food chain.

Completed. Thank you!
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: Aiming High with Physics

Resources Needed: one Rubber Band Cannon unit to teach them basics physics concepts and how to manipulate variables in an experiment.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: William Pitcher Jr High School in Covington, Louisiana
Total Cost: $274.06
Still Needed: $239.06 $188.06
Expires: Aug 09, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Callaway:

My Students: My students want to explore, investigate, and analyze like a real scientist while having fun with rubberbands!!!

My students are 8th graders at a public school who learn best by getting hands on involvement in their learning experience. I teach a diverse group of students ranging from special education students to honors students. For many of them, science is a subject that has always been challenging and overwhelming. However, a strong hands on approach allows my students to enjoy science and realize it is something they can do and understand.

My Project: I am always looking for innovative ways to teach my students the elements of experimental design so they can understand how science is conducted by scientists in the real world. I am requesting one Rubberband Cannon unit which will allow a class of 30 students to work in groups of three. Students will be able to manipulate variables of their choice, collect and analyze their data and all this while integrating math and science concepts directly related to our curriculum. The best part is, my students will have permission to shoot rubber-bands across the classroom, so you can bet they will be learning science and having fun while doing it.

By supporting this project, you will help teach my students scientific literacy, enrich our curriculum, prepare them for high stakes testing, and give them the foundation they need to be successfull in their 9th grade physical science curriculum.

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!


Last week's main project, Time to Bring this Lab to Life!, was completed. High school students in Kingwood, WV will be able to study a planted breeding tank in their chemistry and biology classes.

Our bonus project, Materials Needed for Science SWAT Team!, was also completed with a kossack assist. Middle school students in Phoenix, AZ will receive an interactive mineral kit so that they can test and record observable properties themselves.

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 319!

As of Saturday night, this bonus project from a previous week remains open:

Project: Helps Us Be Hands-On with Science
Expires: Aug 24, 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.

How is the poverty level defined at
Poverty level refers to the percentage of students at a given school who qualify for free and reduced lunch, which is considered a measure of economic need. To be deemed eligible for free lunch, a student's family income must be within 130% of the poverty line (a max of $29,055 for a family of four). For reduced lunch, the family income must be within 185% of the poverty level (a max of $41,348 for a family of four).

Schools with 10%-39% of students receiving free/reduced lunch are denoted as "moderate poverty" while schools with more than 40% of students receiving free/reduced lunch are denoted as "high poverty". For projects submitted from a school where free lunch rate data is unavailable or unreliable, "Poverty Data Unavailable" will appear. (from
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