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Mr. Simons from Lawndale CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Electricity, Magnetism, And Other Bright Ideas

My students need six solderless electric circuits kits.

  • $794 goal

This project expired on February 28, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Why do we get AC electricity from the outlet when most of what we plug in is DC? How does a spinning magnetic produce electricity? What does it mean to recharge a battery? My students want to test these questions, but don't have the tools yet.

I teach 11th and 12th grade students AP environmental science as well as physics in a high needs urban high school in California.

Our students would like to be able to do more hands-on field work and research as college-prep students and future stewards of the environment. However, we currently lack the funds for the purchase of anything other than the most basic laboratory equipment. Our school currently does a lot of work with environmental awareness, and our campus is a testament to the number of projects our school has done to better integrate our campus with the natural systems of the world. As a school we passionately pursue a variety of environmentally-conscious causes, but now our AP environmental science and physics students want to build their analytical and professional skills in order to prepare themselves for further training in college as well as careers centered on the creation and application of environmentally benign technology.

My Project

With these circuit kits our students will be able experiment on how electricity works, and can be manipulated, rather than just reading about it in a book for a test. With these kits our students will learn how to link circuit components in different labs to accomplish certain tasks, from storing incoming electrical energy to building a simple radio receiver circuit, with as great a level of efficiency as possible. With this hands-on experience our students will then be able to look at the wiring diagrams for our classrooms, and predict, how to rewire them to use less electrical energy. Additionally, our students will also use their new concrete knowledge to design their own circuits for such devices as solar lighting systems and human powered battery recharging stations for developing countries.

Technology, from the Internet to smartphones, has now reached the level where it is taken for granted, even though much of it would have been considered science fiction twenty years ago.

In helping our students experience how these devices are made up of simpler devices you can help show them how they can take control of technology and use it to build everything from the next computer to a lighting system for a school in a developing country.

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

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Snap Circuits 300 Educator Kit • Sargent-Welch $96.30 6 $577.80

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