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  • Helfrich Park STEM Academy
  • Evansville, IN
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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At our school, the students in 7th grade science spend roughly two months learning about cells and cellular processes. All 7th grade science teachers try to utilize microscopes to help students learn and visualize cellular components. We are in need of quality microscopes that provide appropriate magnification and resolution for the projects we will complete using these tools. There are multiple lab activities our students will complete during this unit. These activities include lessons learning how to safely and properly work and handle microscopes, observing microscopic life from pond water, observing the differences and similarities of animal and plant cells, examining parts of the integumentary system, and observing mitosis in onion cells. In addition, there are uses for the microscopes in other units throughout the year as well as use in other grade levels. Currently, the materials we have available do not give students the opportunity to clearly observe life under a microscope. Our microscopes do not have a fine adjustment knob. Although the students can see the outline of the specimen, they cannot see the details of the specimen. Students almost always ask the teachers for help focusing, but even the experts are unable to focus on the specimen. This prevents learning about the specimens themselves while the teachers are busy helping students find something to look at. The goal of this project is to provide students with the ability to observe microscopic life and objects clearly and objectively under the microscope. Ideally, we would like to be able to provide our students with a class set of 15 quality microscopes. We understand that this goal may take many years to accomplish.

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At our school, the students in 7th grade science spend roughly two months learning about cells and cellular processes. All 7th grade science teachers try to utilize microscopes to help students learn and visualize cellular components. We are in need of quality microscopes that provide appropriate magnification and resolution for the projects we will complete using these tools. There are multiple lab activities our students will complete during this unit. These activities include lessons learning how to safely and properly work and handle microscopes, observing microscopic life from pond water, observing the differences and similarities of animal and plant cells, examining parts of the integumentary system, and observing mitosis in onion cells. In addition, there are uses for the microscopes in other units throughout the year as well as use in other grade levels. Currently, the materials we have available do not give students the opportunity to clearly observe life under a microscope. Our microscopes do not have a fine adjustment knob. Although the students can see the outline of the specimen, they cannot see the details of the specimen. Students almost always ask the teachers for help focusing, but even the experts are unable to focus on the specimen. This prevents learning about the specimens themselves while the teachers are busy helping students find something to look at. The goal of this project is to provide students with the ability to observe microscopic life and objects clearly and objectively under the microscope. Ideally, we would like to be able to provide our students with a class set of 15 quality microscopes. We understand that this goal may take many years to accomplish.

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