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  • $516 goal

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Ms. Ring
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 4 donors
  • $0 still needed

Chemists Bonding with Books

My students need 30 copies of a Chemistry novel that will make them excited about science!

My Students

The students in my classroom are getting ready to mix their love of Chemistry and reading! They have earned a lot of my respect by working hard to improve their reading scores, and I am looking forward to giving them some science to be excited about.

My students are scrappy, inspired teenagers who work hard every day to defeat a world full of negativity and road blocks.

They constantly make me proud with their positive life choices. They are trying to explore increasingly interesting reading materials and this will aid them on their quest.

My Project

Le Couteur and Burreson roll out 17 episodes selected for their salience in affecting health as well as history at large. This pair of chemists doesn't overinterpret a particular chemical as a historical influence but makes speculating on, say, piperene, a sporting diversion. Piperene is the molecule that causes taste buds to sting from pepper. Venice had a monopoly on the pepper trade, which rivals wished to break, motivating the voyages of discovery. Although connections frame the authors' tales (the title refers to tin buttons, which contributed to Napoleon's defeat in Russia), each story dwells on its molecular protagonist. The authors diagram the formula and shape of each, from the polymer behind the sheen in silk to the ionic bonds in the taste of salt. Well-conceived, well-done popular science.

Donations will help my students on their journey to reading success!

In preparation for the DC CAS, they will need to practice their reading skills with some chemistry based material.

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Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History • Amazon $12.66 30 $379.80

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This project will reach 100 students.

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