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Mrs. Peterson from Smithfield VA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

CSI in Middle School

Help me give my students Gel Loading Practice Mini Lab and CSI Forensics Mini Lab materials.

  • $461 goal

This project expired on April 25, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach 150 middle schoolers (that’s 7th and 8th graders, in my building) per semester who have chosen to take technology as an elective. My experience with them has taught me that they think they are "too cool for school" and usually have to be coerced into learning. Once their interest is piqued, they never cease to amaze me with their ability to learn. They are digital natives and can usually teach me a thing or two.

My students want their education to be relevant and mirror real-life experiences.

I want to give them the opportunity to shine. Together, we are a most excellent team.

My Project

New to my technology course load this year is a class called Inventions and Innovations: a technology class that highlights the application of science and technology.

For our first unit of study, I want to expose my scientists to the world of forensics, the fusion of applied scientific knowledge and use of technology.

We will use the Gel Loading Practice MiniLabs to learn the laboratory skills needed to perform DNA analysis. We will practice the pipetting skills needed to load our (simulated) DNA samples. After we've honed our pipetting skills, we will gather evidence from a crime scene and analyze the DNA included in the CSI Forensics MiniLabs so we can solve the mystery of who "killed Dr. Ward".

Using these materials will give my students the opportunity to learn about the unique, identifying characteristics of DNA (a standard taught in 7th-grade science), practice real-life laboratory skills, and apply critical thinking skills in a real-life situation. This project will increase student engagement in a way that a "cookbook lab" and a textbook could never do.

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gel Loading Practice Mini Lab • The Mini One $49.00 4 $196.00
CSI Forensics Mini Lab • The Mini One $69.00 2 $138.00

Materials cost

$334.00

Vendor shipping charges

$22.30

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.01

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$391.31

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$69.05

Total project goal

$460.36

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$460.36

4 Donors

-$341.00

Donations toward project cost

-$289.85

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$51.15

Matching donations from our partners

-$119.36

Match offers toward project cost

-$101.46

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$17.90

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$0.00

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