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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 fourteen-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: Who Let the Numbers Out?

Resources Needed: Lots of math manipulatives, such as Peg Number Boards, Counting Boxes, and a Magnetic Numbers Fishing Set! I am looking to make math centers more exciting.
School Poverty Level: Highest
Location: Virgil I. Bailey Elementary School, Lake Station, Indiana
Total Cost: $674.04
Still Needed: $178.04  COMPLETED! Please see long-term project below.
Expires: Aug 20, 2014

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Torres:

My Students: My students love reading but math seems to be our biggest struggle. At such a young age my students can easily get frustrated but I think some new engaging activities just might bring the excitement back to math! My students need lots of math manipulatives, such as Peg Number Boards, Counting Boxes, and a Magnetic Numbers Fishing Set!

My students are in an all-day kindergarten program. A high percentage are on free and reduced lunch. My classroom is mainly boys with just a small group of girls. They often come to school tired and hungry. School is where their learning happens. When homework is sent home, it does not get completed.

My Project: These items will be a huge help to our classroom. Currently, we do not have very much in terms of manipulatives. My students will use the manipulatives daily during our one-hour math time. The games and hands-on activities will be used during our "Fun Friday" math game day.

My class will benefit from these items because math will become more exciting! Playing a game or using fun counters is much better than doing a boring worksheet! This will increase engagement.

COMPLETED!
Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!

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We'd like to be able to assist both small and large projects. Our hope is to present a new relatively modest project each week, and then feature a more ambitious project with a long-term deadline, 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.
Long-Term Project
When the main project is finished, let's work on this one.
Project: Exploring Bonding Through Shapes, Structures, and Models

Resources Needed: 30 sets of the molecular models to build, view,and describe bonding, VSPER Shape, and molecular structure of compounds.
School Poverty Level: Highest
Location: South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, TX
Total Cost: $755.06
Still Needed: $609.06  $529.06
Expires: Oct 17, 2014

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Duncan:

My Students: My Chemistry Classroom consists of 30 students who are dedicated and eager to learn the somewhat abstract world of Chemistry. We begin each day in Chemistry with a thought provoking question or problem to get those science juices flowing. By the end of the school year, I want my students to have an appreciation and love for science.

My students are mostly at risk students who receive free and reduced lunch. They are very intelligent and eager to learn, but need relevant and hands-on experiences to increase their retention of concepts and knowledge. Our school is located in one of the most poverty stricken, high crime, and disease areas in this city. With the odds against them it is important as educators that we do all we can to ensure we provide them with an education that is quality and commensurate of what they need to be successful in science on a post secondary level.

My Project: Students will use these materials in a laboratory setting. This activity will provide students concrete examples of a very abstract materials that are not visible by the human eye. This will afford students an opportunity to learn while doing, discussing, and synthesize lecture with lab. Students will understand the relationship of the placement on the Periodic Table with bonding, using the VSPER Theory and visualization of molecular shapes, understanding of how single, double, and triple covalent bonds occur, how the structure relates to Lewis dot structures for compounds and the structure and creation of compounds.

Your donations will ensure their science education is quality and matched with schools whose students do not fight the same odds. This project will ensure students understand a fundamental concept in Chemistry that enables them to understand future more difficult concepts. It will change their lives for the better because it will afford them the opportunity to excel in a difficult subject. Overall, success in one area will build their confidence, knowledge, and character in others.

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Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!


Our Dollars at Work
Students from Mrs. Partridge's North Carolina class enjoy their new mathematics-related storybooks, from the project, Math and Literature a Happy Marriage.
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From Mrs. Partridge:

The Math Start and Sir Cumference series books you helped get for my students allowed me to integrate math, reading, and writing....  My students also enjoy writing, so one of our math stations was to read one of the math books and write their own word problems using the characters and math operations in the book, which allowed me to enrich their higher-order thinking skills. I have seen my students' problem-solving abilities blossom, and I know that these new resources have played a major part.
There are additional photos at the link.

Housekeeping:

See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 419!

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.

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". Schools with 40%-64% of students receiving free/reduced lunch are denoted as "high poverty", while schools with 65%+ of students receiving free/reduced lunch are denoted as "highest 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
About DonorsChoose.org
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 Aug 03, 2014 at 07:00 AM PDT.

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