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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: From Rockets to Robots

Resources Needed: Botbrain Evaluation Robotics Kit
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Saegert Elementary School, Killeen, TX
Total Cost: $371.74
Still Needed: $101.74 Completed!
Expires: Nov 08, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Doxsey:

My Students: Kids today can pick up almost any electronic gadget, play it, and within no time at all master it and become bored, searching for the newest "new thing". By giving them the tools to design their own robots, these budding engineers will be designing our future world.

I am teaching in a newly-created science lab in a suburban PK-5 school adjacent to a major military installation. Most of our students come from single parent homes due to overseas deployments. Due to their strained family lives, most of our students have never traveled in a vehicle across country to experience hands-on geography. Their world is limited to what they see on television or play in video games. Their horizons need to be expanded.

My Project: This robotics kit will serve as an entry level STEM activity for 2-3 students and the teacher to learn about robotics. The students will build a light-sensing robot with the kit, and a robot which can negotiate its way through a simple maze. Once the first students learn how to build and program the robots, they will in turn teach other students. Besides learning about robotics and programming, the students will also learn teamwork.

This entry level robotics kit will give my students exposure to something they have never done before in the STEM fields, and may very well kindle a fire in them to learn more about robotics and programming.



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-Palooza!
When the main project is finished, let's work on these projects that remain open from previous weeks.
Project: A Race to Understanding!
Resources Needed: Mrs. Jay's high school physical science classes need ramps for their lab on speed and acceleration using Hot Wheels cars, to replace their makeshift tracks made of lab shelving.
Location: Ocean Springs High School, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Total Cost: $214.24
Still Needed: $63.53 $33.53
Expires: Aug 24, 2013
DONATE HERE

Project: Fish Dissection Lab
Resources Needed: Mrs. Wayne's 6th grade science students need materials and specimens to dissect fish.
Location: Manatee Elementary School, Port St Lucie, Florida
Total Cost: $413.06
Still Needed: $33.53 COMPLETED!
Expires: Sep 05, 2013
COMPETED!

Project: How's the Weather?
Resources Needed: Ms. Wiseman's at-risk students need instruments and charts for their weather station, to participate in a worldwide project to collect weather data.
Location: Lopez Alternative School, Biloxi, Mississippi
Total Cost: $169.66
Still Needed: $138.78
Expires: Oct 19, 2013
DONATE HERE



Cooling Projects
Our supporter Square Knot wrote a recent diary listing some DonorsChoose projects for classrooms that are way too hot for kids to learn. They are more expensive than the science projects we normally pick, since they are buying air conditioning in some form, but they are all open until at least September, so they have a chance to succeed. If you have a little extra, please consider helping a class cool off!

From Nobody Deserves a Learning Room Over 100 Degrees F.:
...during the summer, my students have to spend 5 to 6 hours everyday in a classroom where the thermometer can reach a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher... An air conditioner would be of great benefit to my students. We wouldn't need to worry about students fainting, or struggling to concentrate due to the heat.

Housekeeping

Last week's main project, Let's Make Chemistry Hands-On, was funded. High school students in Winston-Salem, NC will have the materials they need for their Chemistry and Physical Sciences labs.

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

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.

See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 334!

How is the poverty level defined at DonorsChoose.org?
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.

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 Jul 14, 2013 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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

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