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Mrs. Nelson from Las Vegas NV is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

DNA: Seeing What Makes Us!

Help me give my students the opportunity to better understand, observe, and experience DNA fragments. An electrophoresis machine will allow students to see that while we are all unique, we are all made of the same material.

  • $1,222 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school has a supportive environment for our students. We have a unique community of students from a vast array of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Some are zoned for the school, and others attend through our performing arts magnet program. The school is located in a low income neighborhood, and many of the students are eager to learn. Our classroom, specifically, is co-taught, and has a significant number of students with learning disabilities.

Our students overcome challenges everyday.

They crave structure and consistency. They are eager to learn, and when given the opportunity will prove better than many expect of them!

My Project

Our class incorporates general education and special education students, so we try to incorporate as much hands-on learning as we can. A Gel Electrophoresis machine will allow us to give our students a hands on learning opportunity within the biology class to see their own DNA. The concepts that we are teaching will be brought to life as they see their DNA organized, and they watch how science and modern technology have helped us better understand ourselves.

To increase the number of students pursuing STEM careers, it is essential that they are doing 'real' science.

Students will learn the techniques associated with creating and running gels, obtaining DNA samples and the how and why electrophoresis works. The experiences gained and depth of content understanding will be invaluable moving forward.

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Mrs. Nelson
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 250 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Deluxe Electrophoresis Equipment System, 110-V • Carolina Biological Supply Company $844.56 1 $844.56

Materials cost

$844.56

Vendor shipping charges

$84.46

State sales tax

$66.30

3rd party payment processing fee

$12.67

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,037.99

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$183.17

Total project goal

$1,221.16

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,221.16

2 Donors

-$1,221.16

Donations toward project cost

-$1,037.99

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$183.17

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$0.00

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