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Ms. Jacobs from Chicago IL is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cells Alive: Using Microscopes to Peak Scientific Curiousity

My students need microscopes to touch, see, and tinker with the tiny cells and organisms in the micro-world.

  • $862 goal

This project expired on June 9, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are amazing and resilient learners who live in the West side neighborhood of Chicago where there is violence, gangs, and high poverty. This neighborhood school has 99% African American students and 99% of our students qualify for free lunch. Despite these challenges, our lifelong learners who take responsibility for their education and character, which will enable them to build a positive, constructive, and successful life.

At our school, all staff are united in their efforts to provide a safe learning environment that encourages student inquiry, perseverance, and enhances competency in literacy, science, and mathematics.

My Project

This is an opportunity for my students to tinker and use real science tools and equipment to understand the abstract microbiology. They need current science technology tools to give them the inspiration and academic language to be excited about science. Looking at cells and understanding how to use microscopes will help the information from science textbooks and articles come alive. Hopefully, they will continue to learn how to work together and be future Nobel scientists making incredible contributions to society.

My students will be able to compare the shapes, sizes, and colors of the cells on each of the slides.

They will record and make observations to draw conclusions about what they saw.

Ms. Jacobs
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 80 students.

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Wolfe Cordless Inclined Elementary Microscope Model TT52LED • Carolina Biological Supply Company $157.50 4 $630.00

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