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Mr. Gomez, Ralph from Los Angeles CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

AP Environmental Self-sustainable Project

My students need Aquaponic supplies to be able to self sustainable garden

  • $199 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our students are inner city, at-risk students living in between East Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, a city filled with dreams and filled with life's harsh reality. Their school and city are contradictions of the truth. It is a location where the imaginary high school show "GLEE" is filmed, but the reality of high school for them is parents that work nights, single-parent households, teen pregnancy, and other issues of inner-city youth.

Our students are filled with the knowledge and glamor of Hollywood so close they can touch it, but it is still worlds away from their reality.

Our students are humble and grateful kids who do not expect much but are thankful and surprised when they receive anything. My dream is to make all my classes their favorite so they can forget about everything else and focus on what is going on in class. I want them to love education as I do, so that it can do what it did for me because I, too, came from a similar environment. It is my job in engaging them with lots of activities that instill resilience in them and incorporate their culture into our curriculum.

My Project

My students are asking for supplies to build their own self-sustainable Garden. The students have a vision of being able to make their own food. They will be experimenting on what is the best design to produce the most yield. They will need Aquarium, water pumps, and other Aquarium supplies to house the fish. They will also need Clay pebbles and other ingredients to grow a garden.

Students would like to engineer and design an aquaponic garden where the fish waste feeds the plants, and the plants filter the water.

They will grow greens and fish to make a meal at the end of the semester.

Mr. Gomez, Ralph
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Grow!t GMC40l Clay Pebbles, 4mm-16mm, 40 Liters • Amazon Business $34.49 1 $34.49
Hydrofarm HG5G 5-Gallon Black Bucket • Amazon Business $19.49 1 $19.49
Hefty Plastic Party Cups (Assorted Colors, 16 Ounce, 100 Count) • Amazon Business $6.19 3 $18.57
Homasy 80 GPH (300L/H, 4W) Submersible Water Pump, Ultra Quiet For Pond, Aquarium, Fish Tank Fountain, Powerful Water Pump with 5.9ft (1.8m) Power Cord • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Gamma Seal Lid - Black • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
Pawfly 40-Piece Aquarium Air Valve Connector White Plastic Inline Tubing, 3-Way T & Straight • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
ORGANIC Hydroton Leca Expanded Clay Pebbles Grow Media - Orchids • Hydroponics • Aquaponics • Aquaculture - by Cz Garden Supply • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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