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Mrs. McAllister from Medford OR is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Kitchen Science

Help me give my students equipment so they can experience science. So what does a dragonfly stove, graduated cylinders, grills, and a pH meter all have in common? Science that is taught through food.

  • $995 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a teacher in a school where 77% of students come from low-income families, my students face challenges in and out of the classroom every day. Their family situations prevent them from participating in "typical" life experiences.

My students crave hands-on learning and want to broaden their knowledge.

Giving them the life experiences they are lacking will help them break the cycle of poverty and allow them to demonstrate their potential. My hope is to inspire these learners to choose a path of excellence.

My Project

The supplies I am requesting will allow students to experience STEM topics, through food. By giving my students the ability to see science, technology, engineering, and math in their daily life they will be able to conceptualize the topics that they struggle with most.

So how is experiential learning with food merging with science?

They will tackle topics like the Maillard reaction when they grill food, and compare this to food prepared using a sous vide immersion circulator. They will see enzymes in action as proteins coagulate when they prepare cheese. Acids and bases abound in food, and they can test them using the pH meter. Did you say colloids, foams, solutions, and solvents? Yes, food again, and they will understand all of these concepts while making marshmallows and lemonade. Fermentation with kimchi and root beer incorporates those biological concepts, while canning is the antithesis. And the list could go on...

So why not get kids excited about topics they often avoid, by allowing them to experience STEM and eat it, too!

Mrs. McAllister
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill • Amazon Business $49.99 4 $199.96
Granite Ware Canning Set, 8-Piece, Black • Amazon Business $46.58 2 $93.16
IDDOMUM Plastic Cutting Board for Kitchen (4-Piece Set), BPA Free, Double-Side Design, Dishwasher safe with Non-Slip Feet and Non-Spill Edges • Amazon Business $25.99 2 $51.98
Fresher Kitchen Premium Unbleached Parchment Paper Sheets - 110 Sheets - Exact Fit for 12x16 Half-Sheet Baking Pans • Amazon Business $12.97 4 $51.88
Apera Instruments AI209 PH20 Value Waterproof pH Pocket Tester, ±0.1 pH Accuracy, 0-14.0 pH Range, Complete Kit • Amazon Business $46.00 1 $46.00
Miusco 5 Piece Silicone Cooking Utensil Set with Natural Acacia Hard Wood Handle • Amazon Business $20.99 2 $41.98
Collapsible Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons - Portable Food Grade Silicone for Liquid & Dry Measuring • Amazon Business $9.95 4 $39.80
Good Cook 3-Piece Plastic Mixing Bowl Set • Amazon Business $9.71 4 $38.84
Ball 4-Ounce Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12-3 Pack (Total 36 Jars) • Amazon Business $35.00 1 $35.00
ICO Professional Whipped Cream Dispenser for Delicious Homemade Whipped Creams, Sauces, Desserts, and Infused Liquors - uses 8g N2O cartridges (1 Pint, Silver) • Amazon Business $32.49 1 $32.49
Lodge Camp Dutch Oven Lid Lifter. Black 9 MM Bar Stock for Lifting and Carrying Dutch Ovens. (Black Finish) • Amazon Business $9.00 3 $27.00
Lodge Camp Dutch Oven Lid Lifter. Black 9 MM Bar Stock for Lifting and Carrying Dutch Ovens. (Black Finish) • Amazon Business $9.00 3 $27.00
IDDOMUM Plastic Cutting Board for Kitchen (4-Piece Set), BPA Free, Double-Side Design, Dishwasher safe with Non-Slip Feet and Non-Spill Edges • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Food Grade Sodium Alginate (Molecular Gastronomy) ⊘ Non-GMO ☮ Vegan ✡ OU Kosher Certified - 400g/14oz • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Fubosi Waterproof Digital Meat Thermometer Super Fast Instant Read Thermometer BBQ Thermometer with Calibration and Backlit Function Cooking Thermometer for Food, Candy, Milk, Tea, BBQ, Grill Smokers • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Plastic Graduated Cylinder Flask Set - 100ml Science Test Tube Beakers, 2-Sided Measuring Lines - Printed and Molded Graduations (Pack of 2) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Cheesecloth, Grade 90, 36 Sq Feet, Reusable, 100% Unbleached Cotton Fabric, Ultra Fine Cheesecloth for Cooking - Nut Milk Bag, Strainer, Filter (Grade 90-4Yards) • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
Good Cook 3-Piece Plastic Mixing Bowl Set • Amazon Business $9.71 1 $9.71
Junket Rennet Tablets 0.23 Oz(Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
Silicone Spatula 4-piece Set,Heat-Resistant Spatulas,Non-stick Rubber Spatulas with Stainless Steel Core • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Food Grade Calcium Chloride (Molecular Gastronomy) ⊘ Non-GMO ☮ Vegan ✡ OU Kosher Certified - 50g/2oz • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

Materials cost

$803.59

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$12.05

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$845.64

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$149.23

Total project goal

$994.87

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$994.87

1 Donor

-$994.87

Donations toward project cost

-$845.64

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$149.23

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$0.00

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