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  • $192 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Ms. Koch
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 4 donors
  • $0 still needed

Glowing Guppies: A Lesson in Fluorescent Proteins

My students need a GloFish LED Aquarium Kit and live animal specimens, including fluorescent zebra fish, to learn about proteins during our biochemistry unit.

My Students

Chemistry and the abstract concepts of atoms, molecules and particles are very difficult for my students to understand, especially when they have grown into highly visual and hands-on learners due to the environment that they are growing up in.

My high school biology students from Arkansas have grown up in an area split down racial and economic lines.

My students, who are not Pre-AP or AP have been left with few science supplies continue to slip farther and farther behind academically. The one thing that unifies these students is the environment that has shaped them into visual learners. Textbooks and lectures need to be paired visual stimulation for academic material internalization.

My Project

In class after each lesson, students are given a period to perform a lab using materials in the classroom. A simplified version of a genetics lab, isolating the pGLO protein will be completed and the GloFish will be used a experimental evidence in support of the exploration the class has completed. The fish will also be used during an animal behavior observation unit later on.

My fondest memories in science class were those experiences where I could see science playing out in front of me, where I could touch, feel and see how biology played out in the real world.

This project would allow my students to have those same experiences that I found to be so important to the development of my love for science.

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
GloFish LED Aquarium Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $74.05 1 $74.05
Fancy Guppy, Living, Pack of 3 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $10.92 1 $10.92
Guppies, Living, Pack of 24 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $21.85 1 $21.85

Materials cost

$106.82

Vendor shipping charges

$10.68

State sales tax

$8.81

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.60

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$162.91

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$28.75

Total project goal

$191.66

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$191.66

3 Donors

-$95.83

Donations toward project cost

-$81.46

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$14.37

match offer

-$95.82

Match offer toward project cost

-$81.45

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$14.37

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.01

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 150 students.

Project Activity

This classroom project was brought to life by Carolina Biological Supply and 3 other donors.

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