I teach students at a small, alternative school. The school is located in an under-resourced inner-city community. Previous schools have not been a good fit for my students for various reasons, but they are reaching for success at my school.
My students are strong-willed and dedicated.
They have encountered many obstacles in their education process, but have come back to take control of their own destiny. Our goal as teachers is not only to educate them, but to meet them where other schools did not in the past.
The resources I'm requesting are two geiger counters. In chemistry we learn about nuclear processes and radiation. This is a very difficult concept for students because it is so small scale and invisible, but the consequences of radiation exposure are very real. Since Illinois relies heavily on nuclear energy, our class analyzes how that impacts the state and Chicago specifically.
With this technology, my students will be able to collect their own data about radiation in the world around them.
When they are able to collect their own data and compare it to data scientists have collected, they are empowered and connected to science in a new way. These resources will help them compare radiation in their lives with the rest of the world and will provide them with data to reflect on the health of the environment in which they live.
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