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Mr. Alvarado from Washington DC is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Growing Fast Plants to Bioremediate the Environment

Help me give my students the opportunity to conduct a Bioremediation plant experiment, where students grow fast plants and test whether they are able to remediate the soil from harmful chemicals such as zinc sulfate and ammonium nitrate.

  • $437 goal

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My Students

I teach a strong and resilient group of 9th-12th graders at a public high school in Washington DC. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, with several learning English as a second language.

Despite the many socio-economic barriers my students face, which are further amplified by the current COVID-19 pandemic, they arrive to school everyday eager to learn.

My students love to learn Biology concepts such as genetics, cells, and ecology with a hands-on approach to labs and lessons.

My hope is to inspire more of my students to seek STEM careers. As a graduate of the same high school and as a science teacher I feel the weight of responsibility to demonstrate to my students what is possible in the science fields at a time where Black and Hispanic students in STEM are still critically underrepresented at the college and career level.

My Project

These materials will provide students the opportunity to conduct a bioremediation experiment as part of their Ecology unit in our Biology course. Students will analyze the effect of bioremediating fast plants on soil that is polluted by harmful chemicals such as sulfates and nitrates. Bioremediating plants are at the forefront of restoring natural environments that have been negatively impacted by years of pollution, such as DC's own Anacostia Watershed. Students will grow fast plants and measure the concentration of chemicals in soil over time in order to demonstrate how they can restore polluted environments.

Mr. Alvarado
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 180 students.

7 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Plant Growth Cart Replacement Light Fixture • Carolina Biological Supply Company $118.26 1 $118.26
16 in 1 Drinking Water Test Kit |High Sensitivity Test Strips detect pH, Hardness, Chlorine, Lead, Iron, Copper, Nitrate, Nitrite | Home Water Purity Test Strips for Aquarium, Pool, Well & Tap Water • Amazon Business $20.98 3 $62.94
Wisconsin Fast Plants Standard Seed (Improved Basic, Rbr), Pack of 50 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $13.68 3 $41.04
[50 Pack] 8 oz Kraft Compostable Paper Food Cup with Vented Lid - Brown Rolled Rim Storage Bucket, Hot or Cold Dish To Go Packaging, Ramen Soup Stews Salad Frozen Dessert Yogurt Ice Cream Container • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Zinc Sulfate Heptahydrate, Reagent Grade, 500 g • Carolina Biological Supply Company $18.31 1 $18.31
Uineko Plastic Spray Bottle (4 Pack, 24 Oz, All-Purpose) Heavy Duty Spraying Bottles Leak Proof Mist Empty Water Bottle for Cleaning Solution Planting Pet with Adjustable Nozzle and Measurements • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Cupric Sulfate, Pentahydrate, Laboratory Grade, 500 g • Carolina Biological Supply Company $11.92 1 $11.92

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