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Ms. Wood from Vista CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Adventures in Forensics!

My students need forensic supplies such as Carolina Synthetic Blood Group Genetics Kit, Forensics Book, Where's the Victim? Blood Splatter Analysis Kit, to explore the real-world applications of science and mathematics.

  • $189 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"When are we ever going to use this?" For future engineers or physicians, it is simple to imagine the applications of math and science beyond high school. However, for the average teenager it is difficult to believe you will ever need to solve an equation or calculate density after graduation.

My students attend a public high school in California.

We are a designated low income school and 38% of students qualify for free or reduced Lunch. Over 50% of the students identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino and many are English Language Learners. Specifically, my students all qualify to receive special education services. Their qualifying conditions vary but include emotional challenges, learning disabilities, attention deficits, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other related conditions. The commonality all of my students share is that they are engaged learners committed to overcoming their educational challenges. These students have all had to overcome significant struggles in their educational history and are focused on earning a diploma and becoming successful in life after high school.

My Project

My students need forensic supplies such as Carolina Synthetic Blood Group Genetics Kit, Forensics Book, Where's the Victim? Blood Splatter Analysis Kit, to explore the real-world applications of science and mathematics. Imagine two classrooms: In classroom A, students listen to a lecture on using sine, cosine, and tangent to calculate angles in a right triangle. The students complete practice problems as a class and do P. 129 #2-26 even. For homework, everyone gets a copy of the Trigonometry Practice worksheet. In classroom B, students arrive at school to discover caution tape strung across the door. Inside, the classroom has been transformed into a crime scene. Working in investigative pairs, students measure blood spatter and use the sine function to calculate angle of impact. Afterward, students measure distances between pieces of evidence and use trigonometry to re-create the positions of the victims and perpetrators. Partners then share their calculations and hypotheses with the class for feedback from their peers. Both of these classrooms cover the state standard of trigonometric functions, however only one will create a lifelong appreciation for the real-world value of math.

In this age of CSI, the use of forensics in the classroom will not only guarantee student engagement, but also highlight the real-world value of science and mathematics.

All summer I have been scavenging for materials: collecting broken glass from auto shops, asking friends for pet hair samples, gathering used casings from the shooting range, and more - all we need now is a little help with the chemical supplies. Your support of this project will help bring learning to life for students!

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Ms. Wood
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Carolina(tm) Synthetic Blood Group Genetics Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $25.41 1 $25.41
Hands-On Science: Forensics Book • Carolina Biological Supply Company $23.75 1 $23.75
Wheres the Victim? Blood Spatter Analysis Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $42.70 1 $42.70
Fiberglass Tape Measure • Carolina Biological Supply Company $15.91 1 $15.91

Materials cost

$107.77

Vendor shipping charges

$10.78

State sales tax

$9.86

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.62

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$160.03

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$28.24

Total project goal

$188.27

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$188.27

12 Donors

-$162.25

Donations toward project cost

-$137.91

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$24.34

match offer

-$26.02

Match offer toward project cost

-$22.12

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$3.90

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$0.00

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