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Ms. Recher from Lancaster CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Disney Solar Heater Project

My students need one Demo Solar Heating, seven funnels and two Lee's Economy Airline Tubing Spools.

  • $217 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are excited to come to the STEM classroom, because they are always hopeful they will get to design and build something.

In our district there are schools that are designated STEM Academies.

We are not a STEM Academy School, but we still try to offer a STEM program. All the 6th graders and the 7th/8th SDC students get to come to an environmental STEM class for a quarter. This class is only time in the year that these students get to have a chance to do some hands-on activities that apply science concepts through engineering design.

My Project

With these materials students will get a chance to design and build solar heaters. The students will be challenged to build the solar heater that heats the water to the highest temperature in a designated amount of time. The students will first have to learn how different solar thermal technologies work. They will need to understand concepts associated with heat transfer. Once they have a basic knowledge they will be challenged to design and build a solar heater using a set amount of plastic tubing, and any other materials (cardboard, construction paper, black or white spray paint, tape, glue, etc.) that we can get our hands on.

Let the students' imaginations loose.

Give them some knowledge and then challenge them to apply that knowledge. These are the kinds of lessons and activities that students remember year after year.

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Ms. Recher
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 120 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lee's Economy 500-Foot Airline Tubing Spool - 72 Ounce • Amazon $32.01 2 $64.02
DEMO SOLAR HEATING • Frey Scientific $35.96 1 $35.96
Funnel - (Mini) set of 2 • Amazon $5.00 7 $35.00

Materials cost

$134.98

Vendor shipping charges

$4.32

State sales tax

$12.35

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.02

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$183.67

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$32.41

Total project goal

$216.08

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$216.08

1 Donor

-$45.92

Donations toward project cost

-$45.92

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

Matching donations from our partners

-$162.06

Match offers toward project cost

-$137.75

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$24.31

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$8.10

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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