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Ms. Bauknecht from Chicago IL is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Hydroponics For The Next Generation Farmer

My students need fluorescent hydroponic indoor light bulbs, water pumps with tubing and pH meters for our STEM Grow Lab.

  • $559 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Most of the students I work with are considered to be high poverty/low-income. Ninety percent plus are Latino. They do best in settings where they can use their senses to gather information because they are mostly visual, kinesthetic, auditory learners and are most successful in learning new material when it is hands-on, creative, artistic or lab-based.

My students crave knowledge, new learning experiences and question everything, but they do not always know where or how to find the answers!

Having tools to make science fun and challenging, all while being able to reach their individual educational needs and help my students indulge in their inquisitive nature. When I am able to provide an authentic learning experience, where I see the lightbulb go off and my students reach that 'aha moment' and are excited to share their findings with anyone who will listen, I know I have been a successful educator.

My Project

The STEM Grow Lab is a one-of-a-kind food science program located inside our public high school. It's a pilot program with a mission to transform a former unused shop space into an AgiScience Lab.

The STEM Grow Lab is the new era of vocational training translating science, technology, engineering, math, agriculture and the relationship with the environment into real life skills.

This is a program geared to harvest the NextGen Farmer of our country. With the grow lights, water pumps and ph meters we receive, we will be able to incorporate three Tower Gardens into our lab which will give all students the opportunity to get hands-on experience with and learn more about hydroponics and growing their very own food in a sustainable way. These new Grow Towers will not only give students the opportunity to learn about plant production and sustainability, but will teach vocational skills that can be utilized outside of the classroom.

Ms. Bauknecht
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
2-Pack T5 HO Grow Light - 1 Bulb Light System - Fluorescent Hydroponic Indoor Fixture Bloom Veg Daisy Chain with Bulbs (4 Foot & w/ Reflector (DL8041R 2pack), Cool White | Vegetative) • Amazon Business $51.99 6 $311.94
Jellas Pocket Size pH Meter Digital Water Quality Tester for Household Drinking Water, Swimming Pools, Aquariums, Hydroponics, pH Measurement for 0-14.0 pH, ± 0.1 Accuracy, 0.1 Resolution.(Yellow) • Amazon Business $14.99 3 $44.97
Tiger Pumps 120GPH Submersible Water Pump, Pond Pump, Aquarium Pump, Fish Tank Pump, Fountain Pump With 120 GPH Pump Excellent Powerheads For Aquariums Hydroponics Air Pump With 5 Feet Power Cord • Amazon Business $14.99 3 $44.97
Valterra W01-1600PB 1/2" I.D. x 10' Clear Vinyl Tubing with Header • Amazon Business $12.01 3 $36.03

Materials cost

$437.91

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.57

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$474.48

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$83.73

Total project goal

$558.21

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$558.21

6 Donors

-$558.21

Donations toward project cost

-$474.48

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$83.73

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$0.00

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