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Ms. Johnson from Oakland CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Engineering The Future: Sustainable Energy Science

My students need lab materials, renewable energy kits, books, and other hands-on learning supplies to complete Sustainable Energy Labs and Projects.

  • $1,081 goal

This project expired on February 5, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

“This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet,” President Obama said, as he rolled out his Energy Plan that will create 5 million new jobs. My students want to go to college and they are passionate about saving the planet. Sadly, we have few supplies to support hands-on labs.

I teach college-preparatory Biology and Environmental Science classes at a high-needs school in one of the highest-needs cities in California.

Help my students obtain the resources necessary to conduct rigorous labs on sustainable energy sources. Surveyed about their interest in renewable energy, like solar and wind, 100% of Environmental Science students expressed "high interest." My students also ask me, "Is it possible to create a solar-powered car?" Unfortunately, few of my students deeply understand why we should use sustainable energy sources over fossil fuels. If we want ALL of our nation's students to be eligible for future science and engineering careers within or beyond the green sector, we need to bridge the gap between an interest in green jobs and first-hand field experience. Learning is experiencing. Help my students learn through inquiry-based labs the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills to succeed in any professional career of their choosing.

My Project

The Environmental Science curriculum includes a unit on “Renewable and Sustainable Energy.” Using the requested supplies, students will engineer their own model-energy systems. In order to "Engineer the Future," students will complete five labs and one unit project. Students will first create a model fossil fuel power plant, using coal samples. The subsequent labs will emphasize four types of alternative energy sources, including solar, wind, hydroelectric and nuclear energy. Using the lab materials and kits requested, students will construct their own solar-powered cars, model a wind-powered generator, analyze data from a hydro-electric car, and determine if nuclear energy is sustainable by modeling nuclear waste storage. Referencing the requested books, students will create a “Clean Energy Proposal” for the President. In the proposal, each student will argue which energy source is most sustainable and explain why the government should invest in this particular type of technology.

Van Jones said, “We believe that if Dr. King were with us today, he would be working to build a green economy -- strong enough to lift people out of poverty and restore hope to America.” With the help of your donation and Chevron Classroom Challenge, my students will be prepared for college-level science and technology courses.

You will also help restore hope to America by exposing students to the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue green job opportunities.

Ms. Johnson
Grades 9-12
  • Leadership Public Charter School College Park
  • Oakland, CA
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
K'Nex Solar Energy System • Sargent-Welch $203.36 1 $203.36
Wind Generator • Sargent-Welch $66.24 1 $66.24
Energy of the Future • AKJ Books $7.84 1 $7.84
Wind Energy • AKJ Books $6.97 1 $6.97
Nuclear Energy • AKJ Books $6.97 1 $6.97
Water and Geothermal Energy • AKJ Books $6.97 1 $6.97
Fossil Fuels and Biofuels • AKJ Books $6.97 1 $6.97
Car, Hydro • Sargent-Welch $105.98 1 $105.98
Photon Solar Racer Kit • Sargent-Welch $26.96 10 $269.60
Meter - Weather 6-Way • Sargent-Welch $11.66 1 $11.66
Voltmeter Dc - 0-5/0-15V -Bsx- • Sargent-Welch $19.13 1 $19.13
Sunpower House Demonstrator • Sargent-Welch $60.53 1 $60.53
RENEWABLE ENERGY ACTIVITY BOOK -- Experiment Equipment; Didax Renewable Energy Activity Book • Quill $8.81 1 $8.81
Coal (Anthracite) 10/Pack • Sargent-Welch $6.53 1 $6.53
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY, RENEWABLE RESOURCE BULLETIN BOARD SET -- North Star Bulletin Board Sets; Alternative Energy, Renewable Resource • Quill $10.61 1 $10.61

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