The Paradise High School science department and our students need new electronic balances. The Camp Fire back in November has essentially destroyed our entire community in a manner of hours. Our high school is now temporarily set up in the neighboring community for the rest of the school year with very minimal supplies and space for traditional classrooms. Most of our students come from low socio-economic families to begin with and now with this disaster and the following housing crisis in the area, things are as challenging as ever. School is one of the few things in their lives right now that somewhat resembles something normal.
We are in a brand new site since our school is in the burn zone of the recent Camp Fire and are lacking most of our materials. I am trying to set up a science lab so our students can continue to do real science labs this semester. Without access to our regular classrooms, gathering materials has been challenging. I have been changing all my regular chemistry labs to make them more "kitchen chemistry" friendly since there is not space in our temporary facility to have a full and safe science lab.
OHAUS Scout balances with a 0.01g accuracy are an important tool in measuring small amounts of materials that students use in labs.
Having accurate balances for use in science classes is important especially in chemistry. It is very difficult for chemistry students to be able to experiment with concepts like conservation of mass and stoichiometry without accurate measuring instruments. Therefore, we are requesting these balances.
Not only will these help the students this year, but these can be used year after year to help all of my future students as well.
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