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Mr. Purdy from Danbury CT is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

DJI Mavic Air Drone for Insect Pollination Education

My students need a DJI Mavic Air Drone to create videos to teach younger students about pollination patterns of bees and other insects.

  • $1,229 goal

This project expired on July 19, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, "Not all those who wander are lost."

A wall in my classroom was painted by my student, a talented graffiti artist.

The wall has the word "Think" sprawled across, with the Tolkien quote tucked in the corner. This wall is an ode to our students' opportunity to think freely. Our school is part of the District Reference Group H, which is the second lowest socioeconomic level a school can be placed in.

As a fourth-year, eighth-grade science teacher, I have already experienced the lack of funding our science program receives. The activities that we complete, both in and out of the classroom, are greatly restricted by the socioeconomic makeup of our student body, as well as the absence of a budget for laboratory supplies.

The students in our school come from very diverse backgrounds and cultures and often do not have the resources that allow them to succeed at higher levels. Many of the students are disengaged, with attendance less than 85%, but are often discouraged by the connections made at school. Despite this, they are very willing to work in school and take the opportunity to utilize the limited resources that are available.

My Project

In order to stimulate student interest in insects, we would like a DJI Mavic Air drone so that we can make videos that simulate the pollination patterns of bees and other insects, in order to bring light to the necessity for these insects within our ecosystems.

Students will take part in making videos that highlight the benefits of pollinators, and they will share these videos with younger students in order to maximize the impact of these resources.

As part of our Environmental Science and Human Impact units, we have a vegetable garden, as well as a native plants garden, that allows us to make observations and teach about the relationships between insects and native plants and the important roles they play in the ecosystem surrounding our school. It is my hope that with the new drone, we can make videos that will capture the imagination of our students, and make learning about insects both interactive and innovative.

The goal for completing these activities is for students to gain a better understanding of both interactions of insects within the ecosystem, and the impact they have on other organisms as well. This will all be tied into our environmental science unit, which focuses on finding creative solutions to environmental issues such as a decline in bee populations.

Mr. Purdy
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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2 donors2 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 120 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
DJI Mavic Air, Fly More Combo, Onyx Black • Amazon Business $999.00 1 $999.00

Materials cost

$999.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$14.98

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,043.98

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$184.23

Total project goal

$1,228.21

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,228.21

1 Donor

-$555.59

Donations toward project cost

-$555.59

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

match offer

-$574.58

Match offer toward project cost

-$488.39

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$86.19

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$98.05

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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