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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: Fun in Physics

Resources Needed: optical bench, turntable/rotating platform, gyroscope bicycle wheel
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Smackover High School, Smackover, AR
Total Cost: $351.72
Still Needed: $147.60 Completed!
Expires: Nov 02, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Reynold:

My Students: Do you remember sitting in a physics or physical science class wondering what the heck the teacher was talking about? Let's bring some fun into physics. Students will be able to actually work together to determine what physics concepts are being used as we work with the equipment.

My students are interested in learning but can become bored easily. We are located in a rural town in south central Arkansas. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds but they have one thing in common-learning. They strive to meet my high expectations.

My Project: Through the use of the requested equipment, students will be able to determine how optics work and ways to manipulate the light waves. The use of the bicycle wheel gyroscope and turn table will wow the students through teaching about force, motion, and direction of motion. The optical bench deluxe will amaze students with a variety of ways to change light and the way that it is viewed. The turntable/rotating platform and gyroscope bicycle wheel will demonstrate and allow students to see how force and motion interact and can change the way an object reacts. These two items will also show students how an ice skater can rotate in circles with gaining speed.

Donations for the requested materials will enable students to use equipment that they have never used before. This equipment will be used in physical science and physics. I purchase a great deal of materials for classes out of my own pocket and your help would be greatly appreciated.

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: Soldier / Teacher Needs Help with Greenhouse Project

Resources Needed: seed starting kits, plant food, pots,peat pots, various seed packets, Oakton Eco Tester Watrproof pH Tester
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Clarkson Elementary School, Clarkson, KY
Total Cost: $279.53
Still Needed: $139.77 $89.48
Expires: Oct 30, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mr. G:

My Students: Kids are told to eat all this "healthy" food, but hey really don't understand the reasons. I think by showing them how to grow their own awesome food, they will understand the meaning of healthy food and it will lead to a healthier lifestyle.

I'd normally talk about high poverty rates, etc., but it's not just low income people that eat unhealthy. My students face economic challenges and health challenges of tomorrow. Financially, it makes sense for people to start growing their own food.

My Project: I'm asking that you help pay for a indoor grow lab, including seeds, potting soil, plastic pots, peat pots, and a pH tester. We can grow the vegetables in class and eat them in class. I don't think I need to explain the academic implications of this, but more importantly, it's the change in a healthy lifestyle that this could lead to for the students. The items I need to get this going all will help make our Science class more interesting. It's just a way for the kids to get some hands-on experience instead of sitting behind a desk all day.

There is no way our school can afford such a cool indoor "grow lab". They don't "test in Science" in 5th grade, so you know there isn't extra money for this! I'm willing to put in the time. I just need help with the money. All the materials I mention are needed and will make for a wonderful experience for all the children to "grow".

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!

Our Dollars at Work
Students from Mrs. Shaw's class working on their frog dissections, from the project Are Frogs Like Humans?.

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There are additional photos at the link.


Last week's main project, Hands-on Science, was completed. Elementary school students in Tulsa, OK will have all of the supplies they need to explore science and technology.

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

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

Project: Simple Machines
Still Needed: $180.82 $144.05
Expires: Jan 02, 2014

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 361!

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.

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Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 07:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by J Town, Dream Menders, Kitchen Table Kibitzing, and SciTech.

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