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Ms. Dunne from Mesquite TX is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building A Telescope

My students need a collection of eyepieces and a focus for the telescope they are building.

  • $277 goal

This project expired on May 5, 2014.

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My Students

My students need a variety of science equipment, like telescope eyepieces, mirrors, prisms, etc. in order to complete experiments in Physics and Astronomy throughout the year.

I work at a Title 1 High School where over 85% of the students are on free and reduced lunch.

My students come from home environments that hold great amounts of uncertainty. Food, water, electricity and employment are daily concerns of a majority of my students. Many have to take care of siblings or their own children and have a broken network of adult support at home. They are being raised by single parents, relatives, guardians, etc. that frequently have two jobs and a limited amount of time to spend with my students. Many of my students face home situations that would stop a normal person yet they still come to school and work as hard as they can. I want to offer them the labs that give them the opportunity to create and explore science the same way that students at well funded schools do.

My Project

My students are currently attempting to build a 6.5 foot Dobson telescope from scrap materials and donations. By investigating the history of astronomy and telescopes my students will increase their knowledge of the technological advances in telescope design. They will identify how technological advances allowed science to advance, and discover how to design a telescope that will allow them to view the greatest amount of the night sky with the highest amount of clarity given the limits of their materials. They are discovering how the focal length of the optics effect the scale of the telescope that they are building.

For thousands of years people have looked up into the night sky and wondered what is out there.

This project will allow my students to get one step closer to the stars and enjoy the efforts of their engineering. By giving them a tangible result to their mathematical and engineering efforts, I hope it will encourage them to pursue more science and math courses in the future.

Ms. Dunne
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 21 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Orion 08890 1.25-Inch Premium Telescope Accessory Kit (silver) • Amazon $169.99 1 $169.99
Orion 13031 Basic 1.25-Inch Rack-and-Pinion Telescope Focuser • Amazon $32.38 1 $32.38

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