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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Resources Needed:balance, measurement kit, weather center, various science card sets School Poverty Level: High Location: Holmsley Elementary School, Houston, TX Total Cost: $461.09 Still Needed:$99.97 Completed! Expires: Dec 29, 2013
Teacher's Comments from Ms.McMenamy:
My Students: Most of my students do not have the opportunity to measure items at home. They do not have the practical experience to work in fifth grade science. I have ordered a kit that will allow them to measure mass, volume, and length. I also ordered weather instruments, and science cards.
My students are awesome. They come in excited about learning. We have a high percentage of students on free and reduced lunch. My class is very diverse. We have many nationalities represented in our school. We also have many English as a second language students. Many of my parents speak broken English.
My Project: The balance beam, weather center, science comprehension cards and other new resources will give the students practical experience with measuring tools. The materials will also give the students the opportunity to put into practice the skills they have learned in science. My students will be better prepared to complete there assigned objectives.
I know my students will be excited about learning when they are using these new materials. Students really look forward to working with these tools. They might even inspire someone to choose a career in science.
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.
Resources Needed: parts of a plant chart, plant life cycle chart, seed to plant model, mini greenhouse, large greenhouse, germination kit, seeds School Poverty Level: High Location: Western Heights Middle School, Oklahoma City, OK Total Cost: $429.52 Still Needed:$114.76 Completed! Expires: Jan 03, 2014
Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Echard:
My Students: The best way to learn about life cycles is to see the life cycle in action! The plant materials I have requested will help my students observe the plant life cycle, then contribute to our school courtyard.
I teach an awesome group of special needs students. These students have limited academic abilities, but love to be included in the school activities. We are a high poverty school, with mostly inner city students. We have a courtyard the students can "hang out" in before school and during lunch. We like to keep the flower beds fresh and have the students maintain these grounds. My students really enjoy being a part of the bigger picture.
My Project: Inner city students don't have a lot of opportunity to learn about and grow green spaces. Providing flower beds and plantings allow our students to feel a sense of peace. The greenhouses and seedling starters I am requesting will allow my students to start plants to transplant into the flower beds. My handicapped students feel real pride when they are able to contribute to the school. Seeing the plants they produce being enjoyed by the student body would build on the pride and sense of belonging. This also helps my students understand the life cycle of a plant when they watch it go from seed, to seedling, to plant, into the flower bed. The posters and soft sculpt models will allow my students to see how the parts of the plant work and come together.
My students have difficulty being a part of the bigger population in our school. Any project we can do that helps them be a part of the school gives them a huge sense of accomplishment and pride, things that are so important to the development of these amazing kiddos! Although it is a small group doing the activities, the entire student body benefits from the results and the gardens we can produce over time.
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.