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Ms. Beard from San Jose CA is requesting lab equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

It's Electric

Help me give my students capacitors, LEDs, and 9V batteries so that they can investigate the function of a capacitor, it's use in timing circuits and how its use compares to a DC battery.

  • $175 goal

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My Students

My students are on-level and AP Physics 2 students. They have a range of academic abilities some very high achieving students as well as students with special needs, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities.

My students have a keen interest in science and engineering and are curious about how things work.

They engage in many hands-on, inquiry-based labs that enable them to identify relationships to develop models about how systems behave.

My Project

A key ingredient to any physics class is scientific inquiry through lab work. These shared experiences give students insight into how physicists and engineers conduct research.

Hands-on inquiry based labs give students of color, students with special needs, and first time AP students shared experiences that level the playing field, provide greater access to course content and empowers them to succeed both in and out of my classroom.

Students will construct a circuit composed of a capacitor and 9V battery to charge the capacitor, and then connect the capacitor to the LEDs to discharge the capacitor while simultaneously recording voltage to characterize the charging and discharging curve of their capacitor. This directly aligns with course goals and makes the content more relevant to their lives. Especially with distance learning, it is very important to keep them engaged in science through authentic hands-on experiences.

Ms. Beard
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AmazonBasics 9 Volt Everyday Alkaline Batteries - Pack of 8 • Amazon Business $10.24 5 $51.20
Pangda 20 Pack 9V Battery Clip Connector • Amazon Business $6.75 2 $13.50
20Pack 8MM 24V White LED Pre Wired Prewired 7.87 Inch Lamp Light Bulb Prewired Emitting Diode& 20Pack Black 8MM LED Plastic Clip Holder Display Panel Ltvystore • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
20Pack 8MM 24V White LED Pre Wired Prewired 7.87 Inch Lamp Light Bulb Prewired Emitting Diode& 20Pack Black 8MM LED Plastic Clip Holder Display Panel Ltvystore • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Jabinco 20 Pcs 16v 1000uf Capacitor Aluminum electrolytic Capacitor • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Mr. Pen Thumb Tack, Flat Push Pins, 500 Pack • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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