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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 fourteen-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: Wolverine Rocket Force

Resources Needed: 2Alpha III Rocket Bulk Pack, Wizard BUlk Pack, Rocket Engine A8-3, T-minus 5 Rocket Starter Set
School Poverty Level: High
Location:   M C Williams Middle School, Houston, TX
Total Cost: $578.81
Still Needed: $554.81 $401.81
Expires: Sep 11, 2014

Teacher's Comments from Mr. Kirkpatrick:

My Students: Controlled chaos! Students intensely running around solving problems and accessing materials...these are descriptions of my STEM-Project Based classroom. Highly differentiated and accessible projects with high interest and participation characterize the projects at M.C. Williams STEM Academy.

M.C. Williams STEM Academy is the 3rd most highly rated Middle School in Houston ISD and is located in a subdivision of Houston called Acres Homes; the sixth most poverty stricken community in America. Acres Homes is a proud community with origins in the post Civil War Era and M.C. Williams is a shining beacon for the students in the area.

The students at M.C. Williams typically have an 8 to 4 day but half of our students stay for tutoring until 5pm and have all three meals at school. We have Saturday School every Saturday with over half of our students attending and having 2 meals at school.

We have few discipline problems primarily because our students are highly motivated and feel privileged to be part of the Project Based Learning at M. C. Williams STEM Academy.

My Project: We will be using the rocket kits for an integrated Science and Math lesson touching on a few Social Studies elements as well. During the month of June, I will be conducting a group of advanced students in our Bridge Summer Program. My goal with the rocket kits is to introduce and reinforce Newton's Three Laws of Motion

(Introduction to Physics), use the clinometer function of home made astrolabes and tangent tables to calculate altitude of launches (Trigonometry) and use the Internet to research Goddard's history (Social Studies).

The lessons will be self-differentiating and accessible to all functional levels with numerous hands on components as well as computations with pure research and documentation.

The goal of the project is primarily two fold. First we intend to reinforce the Introduction to Physics that some of the students will have already had during the regular year and to introduce new material to others who have not had the exposure. Second we intend to counteract the negative academic effects of not attending school during the Summer; to keep the students engaged in academic endeavors.

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!
We'd like to be able to assist both small and large projects. This week, we are featuring out next large project. Our hope is to present a new relatively modest project next week, and move this more ambitious project into the 'Long Term Project' box, so we can chip away at it each week when our main project is completed. Since DonorsChoose has something similar to a "rec list", every time we create a flurry of activity on a project, even if the dollar amounts involved aren't large, we can push the project up that list so it gets shown to more donors outside Daily Kos. In that way, we can help finish projects that may be beyond our means when only our own dollars are considered.

Our Dollars at Work
Students from Mrs. Tatro's Georgia class showing off their catepillars, from the project, Butterfly, Butterfly, Fly Away Butterfly.

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There are additional photos at the link.


Last week's main project, STEM- 2nd Graders Learn All About Human Body, was completed. Elementary school students in Phoenix, AZ will have the books they need to learn about the human body.

Our long-term project, Building Bridges With Engineering Kits!, was also completed with a heavy kossack assist. Elementary school students in Taccoa, GA will have the K'NEX bridge building kits that they need to build replicas of bridges found throughout America.

You can see the teachers' thank-you notes at the links. 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. Occasionally, a fully funded project is called off for some reason internal to the school/teacher, and funding is returned. We have no way of knowing why, but DonorsChoose handles those donations in the same way as for expired projects.

See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 409!

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 May 18, 2014 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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

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