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Ms. Lindberg from Kahului HI is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Zenscape for Dustin Swimmerlake

Help me give my students a peaceful and calming aquarium zenscape to help with emotional well-being and a place for our rescue Koi fish Dustin Swimmerlake to grow.

  • $344 goal

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My Students

I have some of the most incredible and unique students! They come from a very diverse background (Hawai'ian, Micronesian, Philippine, Tongan, Japanese, Pacific Islanders, Polynesian and more). There are so many cultures and languages, every one unique just like my students. Many of these cultures don't have a strong tradition of modern science and it is therefore positively challenging introducing them to science.

My students are really into phenomena and I want them to explore how an individual adapts to its environment depending on resources.

That's why I want to use this opportunity to study a classroom pet throughout the course of the school year and track his growth as a function of his new environment. I believe that this experience will be valuable to them as they learn best from real-life experiences and love any labs and activities I provide. The use of a koi fish is relatable to them as it's a commonly found pond fish on the island of Maui.

Our public schools struggle to receive enough funding, with science being one of the most expensive areas to fund.

My Project

A classroom pet provides a calming effect on student and creates a peaceful environment to learn about science and biology. A lot of students in high school struggle emotionally. That is where this zenscape brings a little more calm to their day. The visual experience along with the sound of water flowing will absolutely help students stay calm and focused.

I also plan on using this as a learning experience by measuring the size of the rescue koi fish as he adapts to a larger tank.

I have a fish tank and a rescue koi named Dustin Swimmerlake.

In addition to bringing my students joy and stress relief, I would like to have them track his growth as he is now adapting to a new larger fish tank. At the moment Dustin’s tank needs sprucing up and a few friends more his size that he won’t eat. Eating his friends is how he ended up alone and “evicted” from his previous home. By caring for an animal I hope to also learn students about compassion and respect for other life.

Ms. Lindberg
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 120 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
NICREW ClassicLED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, White and Blue LEDs, Size 30 to 36 Inch, 18 Watts • Amazon Business $36.99 1 $36.99
Glofish Aquarium Gravel, Solid Black, 5-Pound Bag • Amazon Business $5.99 6 $35.94
H2Pro 30" Glass Canopy 20 Long/29 Gallon Aquarium Fish Tank (29.21 x 11.69 x 0.16in) • Amazon Business $26.77 1 $26.77
Mininfa Natural Bamboo Stakes 2 Feet, Eco-Friendly Garden Stakes, Plant Stakes Supports Climbing for Tomatoes, Trees, Beans, 30 Pack • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Aqualantis Aquarium Fish Tank Divider Isolation Board for Mixed Breeding Made by PET/PETP • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Hygger Quiet Mini Air Pump for Aquarium 1.5 Watt Oxygen Fish Air Pump for 1-15 Gallon Fish Tank with Accessories Black • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Blue Ribbon EE-696 Ancient Buddha Statue with Moss Exotic Environments Aquarium Ornament, White • Amazon Business $15.09 1 $15.09
TERA PUMP Genuine Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Sand Cleaner Long Nozzle Water Changer Flow Controller BPA Free TRFTCLN • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
KEDSUM Magnetic Aquarium Fish Tank Cleaner, Fish Tank Glass Cleaner, Floating Clean Brush with Handle Design • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Hamiledyi 3 Pcs Natural Driftwood Branches Reptiles Aquarium Fish Tank Decoration, Large • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Yinrunx Floating Moss Rocks Resin Stone Decorations Suspended Rock Fish Tank Decoration Rock Aquarium Rocks (One Rock M) • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
GloFish Aquarium Environment Gravel, White Frost, 5-Pound Bag • Amazon Business $5.64 2 $11.28
Hewnda Aquarium Decorated - with Suspended Rock - Floating Moss Rock Resin Stone - Fish Tank Decorated Rock, Aquarium Rock Magic Hallelujah Floating Garden Reconstruction Pandora (Medium Number) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Saim Floating Artificial Stone Rock for Aquarium Decoration Fish Tank Ornament • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98

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