My seventh grade class is in a very high need school in a tough neighborhood. Our school is only three years old, but we are quickly becoming a very effective school and a haven for our students.
Because so much emphasis is placed on math and reading in the early grades, middle school is often my students' first exposure to real science, and I waste no time in immersing them in the knowledge and skills that make science so engaging, illuminating, and important. However, most of my students have no prior experience with most of the lab skills we use in class, including using a microscope, or performing a dissection, and I don't have enough eyes or hands to be able to help 30 student individually. I also lack a really good way to be able to demonstrate experiments and lab skills so that the whole class can see.
This document camera will completely replace my bulky old overhead projector, will allow me to demonstrate labs and project them onto the big screen so that all 30 of my students can see what I'm doing, and can even connect to the microscope so my students can see what they are supposed to be looking for through it and how to focus in on it. This will really accelerate my ability to instruct and run a seventh grade science lab, where students learn by doing, and use skills that will serve them in high school, college, and the workplaces of the future.
Scientific literacy is so important, and I want the Jonas Salks and Marie Curies of tomorrow to come right out of my classroom and classrooms like mine. Your generous donation will make that all the more possible. When my students can see what I mean, they will discover a world of possibility.
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