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

Hands-On Physics With Labquest Minis!

My students need eight Vernier LabQuest Minis and a variety of Lab/Demo equipment for active Physics.

  • $2,662 goal

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My Students

Physics students need to experience Mechanics with hands-on labs. Vernier LabQuests are the missing link.

My students come from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds.

Our school is a high-performing public school with a diverse student body and limited resources. We rely on parents and outside support during tough economic times to maintain our high standards and rigorous curriculum. Many of my students intend to go into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. They are excited about physics. I do my best to create engaging, hands-on experiences that will teach the CA standards, while preparing students with critical writing, math, and analytical skills they will need in college. I teach five sections of Physics: three AP Physics and two regular Physics. All five sections will benefit from this equipment.

My Project

The Physics class currently shares a set of eight LabQuests with the entire high school science department. This means that when a biology or chemistry class is doing a lab using Vernier probeware, we cannot do a Vernier physics lab on the same day. A set of LabQuest minis will enable us to do many more hands-on labs using Physics probeware such as force and motion sensors. With sensors, students can quickly graph data on computers, see the results, and analyze data trends immediately. The other materials I am requesting may at first appear to be a random assortment of items. The kids' wooden blocks illustrate an Energy analogy from the great physicist Richard Feynman; the physical therapy bands are for an introduction to spring forces; the hopper balls are for our Physics 500 lab in the first week of school; the roll of blue paper is for a river-crossing problem demo and also background for our Physics Photos bulletin board; and this request includes many more useful small items.

My students need more experiences gathering and analyzing physical data.

We have the probeware and we have the laptops. These LabQuest minis are the missing link between probeware and laptops. I would like to be considered for the Chevron Fuel Your School Challenge.

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Ms. R.
Grades 9-12

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Vernier LabQest Mini  • Sargent-Welch $149.09 9 $1,341.81
Rattle Back  • Sargent-Welch $5.45 8 $43.60
50 pairs 3D Fireworks Glasses Neon Multi-Starbursts of 3D Color • Amazon $17.45 2 $34.90
Spectra ArtKraft Duo-Finish 67164 Spectra Artkraft Duo-Finish Heavyweight Paper, 48" x 200-ft. roll, Aqua • Amazon $30.89 1 $30.89
Hopper Ball: 28in/70cm Diameter for Age 13+, Pump Included (Hop Ball, Kangaroo Bouncer, Hoppity Hop, Sit and Bounce, Jumping Ball) • Amazon $14.65 2 $29.30
Lise Meitner and the Dawn of the Nuclear Age • Amazon $28.10 1 $28.10
Fiskars 8 Inch Softgrip Scissors Straight, Stainless Steel (01-004761) • Amazon $6.33 4 $25.32
Clamp Buret-Single Coated Jaws  • Sargent-Welch $7.29 3 $21.87
Mr. Sketch 20071 Assorted Scented Water Color Markers, Set of 18 • Amazon $10.63 2 $21.26
MAGLITE S2D036 Heavy-Duty 2-D Cell Flashlight, Red • Amazon $20.02 1 $20.02
5038-3 PK Fix-It DUCTape 1.87-Inches x 60-Yards, 7-Mil, 3-Pack • Amazon $19.88 1 $19.88
Set of 2 EZ Steppers (Red) • Amazon $9.90 2 $19.80
Empire USA Deluxe Pool Ball Set Standard Size 2-1/4" • Amazon $18.99 1 $18.99
Thera-Band Exercise Tubing - Latex Tubing--Red-Medium • Amazon $18.90 1 $18.90
Jobber Length Drill Bit Set13 pcs • Grainger $16.70 1 $16.70
Friction Apparatus • Nasco $15.85 8 $126.80
Melissa & Doug Classic ABC Block Cart • Amazon $13.71 1 $13.71
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments • Amazon $13.13 1 $13.13
Bluecell 12 Inch Heavy Duty Rotating Swivel Steel Ball Bearings Stand for Monitor/TV/Turntable/Lazy Susan • Amazon $12.95 1 $12.95
Coleman Cable 02308 16/3 Vinyl Outdoor Extension Cord, Orange, 50-Feet • Amazon $11.97 1 $11.97
Array Card Stock, Multicolour (101168) • Amazon $10.79 1 $10.79
Friction Rods - Set of 4 • Nasco $9.70 8 $77.60
Crayola Air Dry Clay 5 Lb Bucket, White • Amazon $8.99 1 $8.99
Tripp Lite TLP606 Surge Protector Strip 120V 6 Outlet 6ft Cord 790 Joule • Amazon $8.49 1 $8.49
Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Pen, 1.0mm Medium Tip, Violet Ink, Box of 12 (BK91-V) • Amazon $7.99 1 $7.99
10Pcs 5 x 7 cm DIY Prototype Paper PCB Universal Board New • Amazon $7.42 1 $7.42
Mission: Mars • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29

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