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Ms. Slaton from Evanston IL is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Labs, Labs, and More Labs!

My students need basic lab and science materials including microscope slides, models (DNA and transcription), and AP level labs.

  • $1,078 goal

This project expired on December 11, 2013.

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My Students

This project is entitled, "Labs, labs, and more labs!" to provide labs for both freshman-level and AP-level biology labs. These include prepared microscope slides, established AP labs, manipulatives, and visuals.

I have not yet met my students at this time of the year-- so I provide basic statistics to help you get an idea of the school.

The racial demographic of the school is 43% White, 32% Black/African American, 15.4% Hispanic/Latino, 3.8% Asian, and 5% of students are two or more races. Additionally our school works with 40.8% of students considered low-income (designated by free/reduced lunch) and 10% of students receive special education services. Our class of 2012 had an 86.7% graduation rate. If my students are anything like they have been in past years (which seems like a reasonable assumption)-- they are creative, insightful, curious, eager to learn, and willing to jump into science. They make me laugh, cry (in a good way), and give me confidence in our future generations. In short, my students are amazing.

My Project

The list of materials I have requested for this project is quite long and I summarize here: 1) Microscope slides: The "basic e" helps orient students to use of microscopes; the blood smears ("normal" and sickled) are for use with three labs-- genetics, membrane receptors and tonicity; and the karyotype slide is to bring chromosomes to life (beyond the computer simulation we do). 2) DNA model is used to help visualize the structure of DNA when students create their paper models and to help evaluate strengths and weaknesses of different models. 3) Transcription: it is so difficult to visualize- manipulatives help! 4) Animal Behavior Lab-- strong lab for teaching scientific thinking 5) Bacterial Transformation Lab-- shows how DNA can move from one organism to the next and "glow" 6) Poster- this atom poster is one of the best to help remind students that the Bohr model is a good model-- but not completely accurate 7) Tape dispenser is for me to make lab set-up faster.

We know that people of color and women are highly underrepresented in STEM fields and one way to remedy this is strong high school preparation.

Specifically, this includes building lab skills, conceptual understandings, and reinforcing student confidence in the sciences. The emphasis on labs and skills in my classroom over time has resulted in more and more of my students entering the sciences. I am proud of this fact-- but know that I can still do more.

Ms. Slaton
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Edvotek® AP® Curriculum II - Lab 8: Biotechnology - Bacterial Transformation • Nasco $92.00 2 $184.00
Edvotek® AP® Curriculum I - Lab 11: Animal Behavior • Nasco $99.95 1 $99.95
Visualizing Blood Slide and Poster Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $80.75 1 $80.75
Molymod DNA Model Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $72.87 1 $72.87
Tape Dispenser • Carolina Biological Supply Company $65.79 1 $65.79
Biology Prepared Slide Set • Nasco $59.95 1 $59.95
DNA Replication and Transcription Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $58.43 1 $58.43
Microscope Slide: Sickle-Cell Anemia, Blood Smear - Human • Nasco $3.90 6 $23.40
Anatomy of an Atom Poster • Carolina Biological Supply Company $30.40 1 $30.40
Human Male Chromosomes - 46, XY, spread Microscope Slide • Carolina Biological Supply Company $25.94 1 $25.94
Human Female Chromosomes - 46, XX, spread Microscope Slide • Carolina Biological Supply Company $25.94 1 $25.94
Microscope Slide: Blood Smear • Nasco $2.55 6 $15.30
Microscope Slides for the Beginner: Letter “e”, Whole Mount • Nasco $2.45 12 $29.40
DNA Gel Electrophoresis Poster • Carolina Biological Supply Company $16.10 1 $16.10
Peripheral Blood Film - Female, smear Microscope Slide • Carolina Biological Supply Company $6.08 1 $6.08

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