I teach physics to junior and senior high school students in a low-income, rural Washington school.
Can you imagine having the skills and opportunity to take a college preparatory class while in high school, and then not have the ability to do the work necessary because of a $20 item? This is the situation in my high school physics class.
My physics students need scientific calculators. In physics, students are expected to work out math problems. My students can set up problems, but they do not have the tools to quickly solve the trigonometric problems that are expected of them. A classroom set of calculators would ensure that each of my students has the tools necessary to do the work in physics!
Teaching physics in a school that has not offered that subject in over 20 years is amazing! In a school where only 5-7% of the graduating seniors go on to a 4-year college each year, a set of calculators can go a long way! It is amazing to think that a $20 item can give a student the opportunity to take and be successful in a class that will prepare them for college! Giving a student who can not afford this item the opportunity to use it in class, and trusting them to check out the calculator, take it home to use for homework and studying, and bring it back can only better the confidence and responsibility of the student.
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