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Mrs. McLean from Fresno CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

From Micro to Macro: Help Us See the Invisible

My students need a digital microscope and document camera for science labs.

  • $1,184 goal

This project expired on November 27, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"This is a picture of a cell." I can not tell you how many times I uttered this phrase during the last school year. Our school is unable to purchase microscopes, so my students have had to make due with pictures in our text book and clips I found on the Internet.

My students are filled with questions about the universe and they refuse to take what is printed in the book for fact.

They want proof. Showing them pictures of the minuscule parts of living things to answer their many questions is just not cutting it. With the right tools they will be able to formulate questions, make a hypothesis and then create an experiment to answer these burning questions. Our students have already proved that education is important to them. They have sought out a charter school with high expectations that requires tons of work. But, our school is just starting out and we need a few basic materials to begin experimenting. We are focusing our efforts on encouraging students to think critically about their world and be engaged in learning.

My Project

These materials will take the invisible parts of our world and make them real to my students. The document camera and digital microscope will be an integral part of instituting a hands-on, laboratory based, science curriculum at our school. Text books are great, but I want to give my students the opportunity to engage in their learning. The digital microscope will give students the opportunity to investigate the answers to their questions about cells and other microscopic materials and then share their findings by projecting them so the entire class may learn as well. The document camera will give me and my students the opportunity to present demonstrations, techniques, findings and lab write-ups to the class.

Simple things can completely change the way a student feels about school.

A digital microscope that will engage my students in their scientific learning and a document camera that will allow my students and I to demonstrate experiments and proper techniques would be a huge thing that will drastically shift the way they feel about science. Please help me take invisible parts of our world and make them real to my students.

Mrs. McLean
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 108 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Digital Microscope, 4,10,40X, • Sargent-Welch $463.50 1 $463.50
VISION VIEWER • School Specialty Inc. $379.99 1 $379.99

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