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Mrs. Yokoyama from Los Angeles CA is requesting materials related to food, clothing & hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Chromatography, Covid, and Creativity!

Help me give my students fabric markers, aloe gel, bottles, white face masks, essential oils, coconut oil, witch hazel, dye, and labels.

  • $402 goal

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My Students

My students are incredible! I have 28 motivated English language learners eager to learn.

My students come from a low socioeconomic background with limited resources available.

We are a Title I, Performance Improvement school with a 100% free lunch program. Many parents work two jobs and are struggling to support the family. Though their environment may not be conducive to learning, they have an insatiable love of learning!

Seeing women in STEAM-related careers will spark and inspire our youth to pursue a career in STEAM. We need to close the STEAM gender gap and get rid of the subtle and overt cultural messages about male superiority in these fields. The IF/THEN collection is an excellent resource for students to spark their creative minds.

During this unprecedented time, we continue to learn remotely as we begin our new year. The kids are resilient but I need to motivate them and make sure my lessons are engaging while integrating student collaboration.

My Project

The IF/THEN collection has motivated the students to be creative in the field of art as well as science. We would like to begin by customizing and designing face masks that will be available for students who don't have one. We looked at the discipline of Creative Arts and were inspired by Beata Edyta Mierzwa, a microbiologist who combines science with art and fashion.

We know that COVID 19 is a virus that is highly contagious and we've researched the impact of not wearing a mask.

We will incorporate chromatography to create beautiful masks. Hopefully, this will inspire some of the students to pursue a career in the sciences as well as design. The fabric markers will be used to draw symmetrical designs, viruses, and cells just like Beata. Through chromatography, they will learn about how lighter and darker dyes get absorbed at different rates. The results... a tie-dyed effect. Each mask is unique and will be available for students at our school.

We also would like to make child safe hand sanitizers for our school. It will be safe for kids to make because they will be using essential oils, witch hazel, aloe vera gel, and coconut oil. This gives the students the opportunity to measure, develop, and feel like a chemist! Labels will be designed by students. They will learn how hand sanitizers kill germs by denaturing the protective outer proteins of microbes and dissolving their membranes. In elementary terms, the germs went "bye bye". They will be inspired by Roselyn Rosario-Meléndez, a Loreal Associate Principal Chemist who inspires girls to pursue a career in chemistry by discussing various polymers and how makeup is made. The IF/THEN collection can inspire any student, especially females, to follow a career in the STEAM field as we say, "She Can Stem"!

Mrs. Yokoyama
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fabric Markers Pens Permanent 24 Colors Fabric Paint Art Markers Set Child Safe & Non-Toxic. Graffiti Fine Tip Minimal Bleed by Crafts 4 ALL • Amazon Business $12.99 3 $38.97
Reusable Cotton Face Mask (Pack of 50) • Amazon Business $30.99 1 $30.99
Veiai 1.7oz/50ml Hand Sanitizer Clear Keychain Bottles, Plastic Empty Bottles Liquid Flip-Cap Containers for School, Travel, Outdoor, Trip, Camping(10PCS) • Amazon Business $14.75 2 $29.50
Fractionated Coconut Oil 100% Pure & Natural Premium Therapeutic Grade - Great Carrier Oil for Essential Oils, Face Moisturizer & Body Oil, Non Greasy Massage Oil, for Skin & Hair, Huge 16 OZ - Bottle May Vary • Amazon Business $13.95 2 $27.90
Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Gel Whole Leaf, 128 Fluid Ounce, 1 GL • Amazon Business $24.48 1 $24.48
50Pcs Kids Disposable Face Mask - 3 Ply Facial Cover with Elastic Earloop for School and Daily Use - 5.7" x 3.6" Children's Size - White • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit 15-Color Party Kit, Standard, Rainbow • Amazon Business $16.55 1 $16.55
Fruity Fruits Good Essential Fragrance Oil Set (Pack of 10) 5ml Set Includes Strawberry, Apple, Watermelon, Pineapple, Cucumber Melon, Red Cherry, Mango, Peppermint, Lemon, and Orange • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
LDream 5 PCS 3D Bracket for Comfortable Mask Wearing | Silicone Mask Inner Support Frame | Keep Fabric Off Mouth to Create More Breathing Space | Reusable Washable Translucen 073010 • Amazon Business $14.93 1 $14.93
3-Pack Variety of NOW Essential Oils: Citrus Blend - Orange, Tangerine, Lemon • Amazon Business $13.50 1 $13.50
(5 Pack Pieces per Box) Craft & Soul Mattana Face Mask Cover Reusable Washable Comfortable Fabric Cloth • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
30 Pcs 2 oz Clear Plastic Empty Bottles, Travel Size Bottles with Flip Cap Small Bottles for Liquids Toiletries Shampoo Lotion Conditioner • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
BAR5F Universal Dispensing Pump | Shampoo and Conditioner Bottle Pump Dispenser | Fits 1L Bottles (33.8oz) With 1 Inch Neck | White | 2 Pack • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Bior 25500 Witch Hazel Pore Clarifying Toner, 8.0 Oz, With 2% Salicylic Acid for Acne Clearing & Balanced Skin Purification • Amazon Business $4.63 2 $9.26
Avery 0.75 x 1.75 Inches Durable Labels for Kids Gear, Assorted, Pack of 60 (41442),Neon • Amazon Business $1.88 1 $1.88

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