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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: Spread Your Wings and Fly!!

Resources Needed:Butterflies in the Classroom Kit and various butterfly and insect themed books
School Poverty Level: High
Location:  Hodges School Of Inquiry, Hodges, SC
Total Cost: $174.49
Still Needed: $123.49 Completed!
Expires: Oct 25, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Ramsey:

My Students: Do you remember childhood days of marveling at nature's wonders from intricate spider webs to the magic of lightning bugs? Help us capitalize on the natural curiosity children have about the world and its animal life by examining the miraculous metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly.

Our students are full of wonder and curiosity at our school of inquiry. Questions abound as learners actively seek to make sense of the world around them through careful observation, follow-up questioning, research and hands-on investigations. We are housed in a small rural school of approximately 250 students in a Title 1 school district.

My Project: Within a Title 1 district, there are pockets of student populations that will never venture farther than their own backyards. Join us in nurturing their awareness of the amazing insect world and the interdependence they have with plant life. We will actively engage in careful observations of butterfly eggs, journal their daily and weekly development, and look closely during the busy life of the caterpillar prior to and leading up to its amazing metamorphosis in the pupa stage. Eyes will fill with amazement and wonder as the butterflies emerge - leaving behind their past lives only to repeat the cycle again with new eggs. The related literature will solidify their learning and reinforce science concepts as they grow to appreciate nature and literature.

Your support will make this meaningful learning experience a reality in our classroom. Students from all walks of life will work together in our learning community to witness a miracle of nature take place. This opportunity will serve as a memorable touchstone experience that students will reference throughout the year as we explore other cycles in our natural world.



COMPLETED
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: Who Ever Said You Can't Learn Through Osmosis?

Resources Needed: graduated cylinders, petri dishes, bromothymol blue and potassium iodide
School Poverty Level: High
Location:  Price Middle School, Atlanta, GA
Total Cost: $492.45
Still Needed: $128.58
Expires: Nov 28, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Mr. Miller:

My Students: Have you ever been the subject of the phrase "you can't learn through osmosis?" Who says you can't? While knowledge may not be able to diffuse into your or my students' brain like water diffuses through membranes, it doesn't mean we can't learn about osmosis through experiences that illustrate it.

My students are a phenomenal group of young people. They are intriguing, intelligent, wise, witty, and affable individuals with an affinity for arduous work. While the aforementioned superlatives are rarely assigned to middle school students in the impoverished region of Georgia that my students call home, these attributes accurately describe my young scholars. School wide, our students face a seemingly overwhelming economic challenge which is evidenced by the fact that over 95% of our population receives free or reduced lunch. My students have had an inconsistent history of success in science as measured by the state's standardized test. My scholars are determined to ensure that the predicaments of their past and present won't foretell their future. This year they are poised to change the course of their scholastic and economic history by committing to close the gap between their academic potential and their academic output.

My Project: With graduated cylinders, petri dishes, bromthymol blue, and potassium iodine my scholars will be able to unlock the truth behind the scientific concepts of osmosis and diffusion. We will engage in inquiry based lessons in which my scholars will learn how molecules move from areas of high concentration to low concentration in ways that makes learning come alive. We will perform laboratory experiments during which we will explore how molecules move through a permeable membrane. They will learn how plants use the power of osmosis and diffusion to carry out the chemical process that harnesses the energy of the sun to fuel life on earth.

Although information can't diffuse through the minds of my young scholars, it can develop by way of meaningful educational experiences. I would like to thank you in advance for your partnership in the effort to mold magnificent young minds. We would be grateful if you would invite others to partner with us in this incredibly important effort. These partnerships will make this project a reality we will unleash the power of osmosis to foster new knowledge in permeable brains.



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Our Dollars at Work
Students from Ms. Delp's class working with the springs and multimeter, from the project Getting Hooked on Hooke's Law.

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There are additional photos at the link.

Housekeeping

Last week's main project, It's Owl Puke not Owl Poop!, was completed. Elementary school students in Tampa, FL will have the owl pellets they need to study food chains.

You can see the teacher's 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 365!

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 Oct 20, 2013 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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

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