My students need the final items (a molecular marker, a chemical buffer and a staining agent) to go along with the equipment they have received to be used to complete genetics and biotechnology experiments.
My school is one of three Title One middle schools in the area. One hundred percent of our students receive free or reduced price breakfast and lunch. Many of our students even receive donated food to take home on the weekends. Our school also has a clothing closet for students who are unable to afford the required uniform. In addition, many students are non-native English speakers who come from bilingual households.
Despite the obstacles they have to overcome, the students are excited to learn about science!
They all want to be successful in school and in life. Many are interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. Our goal as teachers is to prepare the students for success in high school, college and in a career.
This project would significantly help my students translate abstract science concepts into real-world practices. In my science classroom, students conduct laboratory experiments that allow them to take ownership in their learning. Conducting experiments is not only exciting for the students, but it is also an opportunity to introduce them to science careers.
If this project is funded, it will provide disadvantaged students with access to technology they would not have otherwise.
One of the most exciting units for my students is genetics. The chemicals requested are the final items needed to conduct gel electrophoresis (DNA analysis). Having this project funded will afford my students the opportunity to study and analyze DNA, one of their favorite topics!
As science teachers, our state requires us to expose science students to the national science and engineering practices of planning and carrying out investigations and analyzing and interpreting data. The marker, loading gel and buffer are the last items needed for my students to conduct one of those investigations, using the technology relevant to the related careers areas of genetics and forensic science.
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