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Ms. Deconinck from Santa Ana CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Chasing the Sun

My students need 2 porcelain lamps and an air pollution demo kit to run labs for their AP Environmental Science class.

  • $322 goal

This project expired on January 17, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Science is all about doing: doing labs, doing experiments, doing it yourself. Unfortunately doing an air pollution lab is dangerous without the right tools.

My students are inner-city minority kids planning on going to college.

Many will be the first in their families to finish high school. Most will be the first in their families to attend college. Our school is helping them with that goal by providing them academically challenging courses such as AP Environmental Science. Our school is small, and we are able to keep class sizes capped at 25. As a result, our students are able to make huge gains in closing the achievement gap.

My Project

For most of my students, the AP Environmental Science course is their first exposure to environmental issues. They get particularly confused about the difference between green house gases, like carbon dioxide, and air pollutants, like ash and sulfur compounds. A lab that allows them to measure common air pollutants would really help them experience the difference. Although students could read about the difference, measuring the difference themselves is so much more meaningful. Not only would the kit enrich their understanding, but it would also give them practical skills in doing science. They would experience what it is like to be a scientist, and how scientists collect data. If they can do it themselves, my students can believe in their own capabilities.

These materials will enrich the lives of my students by giving them practical experience with science.

It will also help them understand two of the major topics of environmental science: air pollution and climate change. For students going to college despite the challenges, it is a huge inspiration.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Deluxe Porcelain Lamp • Carolina Biological Supply Company $22.75 2 $45.50
Carolina Exploring Air Pollution Generated by Fossil Fuel Combustion Demo Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $151.95 1 $151.95

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