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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 thirteen-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: Help Us "SNAP" Back into Electricity!

Resources Needed: My students need 2 Electronic Snap Circuit Kits to experience electricity hands-on.
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Godley Station School, Pooler, Georgia
Total Cost: $250.14
Still Needed: $141.32 $55.44
Expires: Aug 08, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Dickerson:

My Students: There are no words to describe the pride and joy I feel as I watch my students engage in hands-on activities. "Lab Day" is by far their favorite day of all in my class. We face a shortage of materials, however, when it comes to one lab day in particular.

Call me biased, but my 8th graders are simply the best. They inspire me to teach better, be better, and to become a lifelong learner myself. Their love and passion for hands-on learning is contagious, and I would love nothing more than to meet this need more often for them.

My Project: Our favorite lab day is when we work with electricity and magnetism. My students rotate around the room to various stations incorporating and applying what they've learned and know about electricity and magnetism. Their all-time FAVORITE station is the Electronic Snap Circuits. The students use these to build many different types of circuits and cannot get enough. The sheer disappointment is obvious as I announce that it's time to rotate to the next station, simply because they want to keep working with the circuits.

I would love to have enough Electronic Snap Circuits to have an entire lab day dedicated to working with them alone. I can talk about series and parallel circuits all day, but when the students get to make discoveries and experiment on their own...there's nothing quite like it. Please help me make this happen!

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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: Don't Take Me For Granite Because I'm So Gneiss!

Resources Needed: My students need samples of fossils, rocks and minerals to identify. We need standard supplies such as dry-erase markers for the classroom and we'd like a seismograph!
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Stuart High School, Falls Church, Virginia
Total Cost: $537.15
Still Needed: $134.51 $73.62
Expires: Sep 29, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Lee:

My Students: What is a conglomerate's favorite soda? Coca-Cola Clastic! I have a passion for Geology and that is something I want to share with my students. We do a lot of demos and labs, mineral/rock identification and food labs (we all love eating)! Please help me make this earth science class more exciting!

Our school is a "Title 1"; we have a very limited budget for even the simplest supplies like expo markers and post-its. We often run out of paper in the school and copiers get jammed more times than I care to count. But I love this school. I love the demographic and I love that my students choose to come to school. This high school was is one of the most diverse schools in the nation, with students from almost every nation and language around the world. As you can imagine, our international nights are nights to remember. We have students leaving poverty in their own home countries, only to find hardship here in the US. Unfortunately, our school cannot always supply the teachers with our own basic needs for a standard classroom. My goal is to teach my students life skills that will help them become successful in life (and go to college!). These supplies will help me inspire scientific curiosity in my students!

My Project: You are probably wondering what I'm going to do with all of these supplies!

First, the office supplies are things that help me stay organized for my students. Every time my students are absent, I clip together all the materials they missed for the day, and leave it in my "Missed Class?" folder.

The cash register paper is for an activity we do with the geologic time line. I have the students measure out and calculate the divisions within Earth's history. Each pair needs at least 4.5 meters of paper!

The different rocks and minerals will be used as part of a "practical" portion of the class where students learn to identify rocks and minerals by distinguishing characteristics.

I want to make this class even MORE hands-on than ever before. I know learning content through lectures are important, and let's be honest... sometimes that's the most effective means of transferring knowledge. But student exploration is also essential. I want them to be able to pick up a rock and identify all the minerals within it. I want them to pick up a mineral and tell me what the name is. I can do that with these supplies! Please Help!!

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Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!


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, From Rockets to Robots, was completed. Elementary students in Texas will build a light-sensing robot from the kit we've provided.

One of our Bonus-palooza projects last week, Fish Dissection Lab, was also rescued after a couple of weeks on our list! Sixth-graders in Florida will dissect perch and learn more about animals' bodies.

A ssecond Bonus-palooza project, A Race to Understanding!, was completed as well. Mississippi high school students, will receive track sections to allow them to build ramps and accurately measure the speed of small cars for their physics project.

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 337!

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

Project: How's the Weather?
Expires:  Oct 19, 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 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. (from DonorsChoose.org)
More information:
DonorsChoose.org main page
DonorsChoose.org blog
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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 21, 2013 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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

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