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Ms. Watkins from Nevada City CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Budding Scientists Seek Equipment

My students need a replica of the human skeleton, investigative tools and a Nook tablet as up to date technology to conduct research and support their studies in Life Science.

  • $590 goal

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My Students

No bones about it, a replica of the human skeleton will enhance our human body unit that is part of a semester long Life Science class.

My students attend a California Charter School in rural Northern California.

Nearly all are children of military members, some of their parents are stationed at the nearby military base and others are living in the area while their military parent is deployed. This year our Science class is focusing on the Life Sciences. We are currently learning about the human body and are getting ready to begin lessons on plants, birds and insects. Our area offers opportunities to be part of nature's classroom and we have field trips planned to a local wildlife area and vernal pools. My student scientists are eager to get outside and make their own observations and investigations. The human skeleton model would be instrumental in introducing students to the human anatomy. The field microscopes would allow students to conduct accurate examinations of samples immediately while still in the field and the Nook reader would be used to research and verify findings.

My Project

Imagine how exciting it will be for curious students to be able to examine a replica of the human skeleton. The replica will allow my young scientists to view the hundreds of bones in the body and flex the joints to get a hands on experience of how the human skeletal system operates. We have been using one dimensional cutouts but the skeleton will be far superior. After completing the Human Body Unit we will be moving outside to do field work. Spring will find us on field trips to the local wildlife area and nearby vernal pools. Students will be using the field microscopes to conduct outside detailed examinations of leaves, water samples and insects. They will learn how to observe animals, local fauna and insects and then compare their findings with research articles and references available on the Nook. What a wonderful way to incorporate technology with on site investigations.

Our state budget crisis caused cuts to school funding and our technology and science materials are reflecting the lack of money.

My students are capable and eager to learn about the natural world but they are lacking some of the necessary equipment that will help ignite a passion for science. Donations to this request will help promote a knowledgeable understanding of nature through investigation and the resources available and using the Nook will enhance and validate student findings.

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Ms. Watkins
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Economy Human Desktop Mini Skeleton • Carolina Biological Supply Company $67.45 1 $67.45
Hand-Held Student Field Microscope (100x) • Carolina Biological Supply Company $18.95 3 $56.85
Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet • Best Buy $249.99 1 $249.99
Barnes & Noble Power Kit for NOOK Wi-Fi, NOOK 3G + Wi-Fi and NOOK Simple Touch - Carbon • Best Buy $24.99 1 $24.99

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