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Mr. Arbuckle Jr. from Baltimore MD is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Education That is Out of This World

My students need two Professional Weather Balloons and two GPS Satellite Messengers to launch Balloons in the Stratosphere for the Global Space Balloon Challenge.

  • $466 goal

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My Students

Too often, students cannot fully appreciate the importance of the work that is done in classroom. I work hard to breathe life into our classroom by creating real world applications for what the students learn by exposing them to technology and innovation that inspires their creativity.

My students all live in Baltimore, Maryland.

The majority of my students come from low socioeconomic homes. This reality has impacted the amount of exposure they have to what life is like outside of Baltimore. Many of them have never had the opportunity to experience what a quality education can provide for them in the future. When we can provide them with adequate resources, they get excited to work on hands on science experiments. When their imagination kicks in and the content includes concepts they may have never considered before, they are quickly motivated to work their hardest to solve the task at hand. By creating rigor in the classroom and exposing them to content unknown, we can motivate them to think about their education as a life-long quest for knowledge that extends past high school to higher education and beyond.

My Project

My students will be participating in an event called, "Global Space Balloon Challenge." This is a project that students participate in all over the world. Because we are learning about space in the fifth grade classroom right now, this would be a tangible way for the students to experience space. They would build their own balloon with a GPS and a camera attached that, if built properly, will enter the stratosphere just before popping. The students will be able to see earth from space if this project is executed correctly. Students will be able to collaborate with each other to create their own device that can monitor temperature, volume, and pressure. Instead of just reading about these measurements in a text book, they will analyze the data themselves using an apparatus that they created together. By the end of this experiment they will have complete ownership over their work and will truly realize how the world can open up when you have the right education and tools.

These donations will directly allow my students to participate in this world-wide collaborative experiment.

This project will give students the inherent motivation necessary to further their education to become the innovators and educators of the future.

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Mr. Arbuckle Jr.
Grades 3-5
  • Monarch Academy Baltimore
  • Baltimore, MD
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 48 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
SPOT 3 Satellite GPS Messenger - Orange • Amazon $149.95 2 $299.90
20 ft dia. Professional Weather Balloon, 600g • Amazon $20.00 2 $40.00

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