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Mr. Vega from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Student-led project

Inquiry Science

Help us get microscope slides in our class so that we can better achieve STEM standards.

  • $525 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

About My Students

Our Goal: To increase the amount of science equipment so that we can better achieve STEM standards and be college and career ready!

After our first project was funded, my students were overwhelmed with excitement. They were shocked to know that individual donors took an interest in their education and provided them with such amazing science equipment! I encouraged students to take an active role in generating their own grant proposal on so that we could possibly receive new science equipment to make STEM research and collaboration more productive.

With these slides, students will practice scientific inquiry and explore the structures common in various prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Performing the set's activities, students first observe slides showing examples of bacteria, protist, plant, and animal cells. Next, they create diagrams and write detailed descriptions of what they observed. Finally, students conduct a simulated forensic investigation that combines their microscopy, observation, and scientific-inquiry skills. In an era where college and career readiness is a prominent factor in the teaching and learning process, STEM education is becoming more and more important. I know that my students will achieve greater learning outcomes, given access to 21st century tools and content that will encourage them to think deeply about studying health and life science concepts.

In Their Own Words

We want to increase the amount of science and technology equipment used in our class so that we can better learn and practice science in a more advanced way. Many of us and our classmates are really interested in life science and learning how to explore cells. Although we are learning about microscopes and microscopic organisms, we have not been able to practice as much because we do not have enough microscope slides.

After completing the online application, we will set up a safe place in the classroom to store the microscopes slides. We will contact the front desk to let them know we are expecting a package and when they come we will carefully unpack and set them up. We will read user instructions and safety precautions and possibly have to make an inventory and sign-out sheet.

By taking part in this project, it will solve the hardships and challenges we face with a lack of equipment. The money donated will help us buy the correct science materials so that we can engage in professional science labs and expand our knowledge on health and life science in a fun and advanced way. The project is important to us because it takes our knowledge further so that we can be more prepared for high school, college, and future careers.

Mr. Vega
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mammal Skeletal Muscle Slide, 7 m, H&E • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.62 12 $67.44
Gram-Positive Coccus Slide, w.m., Gram Stain • Carolina Biological Supply Company $4.23 12 $50.76
Amoeba proteus Slide, w.m. • Carolina Biological Supply Company $6.03 6 $36.18
Human Stratified Squamous Epithelium Slide, Smear • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.94 6 $35.64
Corn Stem Slide, c.s. • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.58 6 $33.48
Privet Leaf Slide, c.s., 12 m • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.58 6 $33.48
Mammal Intercalated Discs Slide, 7 m, H • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.35 6 $32.10
Nostoc, sec. Microscope Slide • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.17 6 $31.02
Gram-Positive Bacillus Slide, w.m., Gram Stain • Carolina Biological Supply Company $4.45 6 $26.70
Euglena Slide, w.m. • Carolina Biological Supply Company $4.32 6 $25.92

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