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

Brain Science Using Backyard Brains Tools

My students need a Backyard Brains toolbox to learn about brain science.

  • $1,411 goal

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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.

My Project

This is a fun, affordable, hands-on way to experiment with neuroscience. A toolbox full of different types of tools to learn how the brain works. During science class, we never really get to show students the fun side of science because we lack the money to buy fancy equipment.

Brain science and nerve impulses are super cool and can now be part of the classroom.

The toolbox from "Backyard Brains" that we are asking for contains patch electrodes that will allow students to listen to the impulses ("spikes") of neurons in real time, control people's arms and electrodes to control insects and a plant's sensory reaction. To be able to engage a student's knowledge is a great thing. My goal as a teacher is to be able to open every door possible to the mystery and phenomenon which is knowledge.

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

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This project will reach 145 students.

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BYB Toolbox - Your Complete Portable Neuroscience Lab • $1,019.98 1 $1,019.98

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