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Mr. Hankey from Rural Valley PA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's See Those Chloroplasts!

Help me give my students a digital microscope so that they can view specimens as a class!

  • $181 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school is located in a small, rural farming community in Pennsylvania. My students have a similar background for the most part, and over half of them come from low-income households. They have a broad range of aspirations though, ranging from entering the workforce directly after graduation to attending our county's technical school to attending colleges and medical schools around the country.

One thing our school lacks is appropriate access to decent lab equipment for STEM classes.

In an age where hands-on learning and STEM classes are the big push, students need to be able to access equipment that is 100% functional rather than having to "get by" with broken equipment or simply having to watch a video on YouTube because that's the only way they'll get to see a lab done.

My Project

When teaching students about the cell, it relies a lot on student imagination and the ability of the teacher to paint a vivid and realistic picture of what is actually going on at a level we can't even see. This is, at best, difficult, and is in some cases nearly impossible to do with certain cell functions and parts.

A digital microscope will allow the class to see cell parts easily as a group by way of the overhead projector.

The alternative is to try to explain a lesson while each student group has one student looking at a microscope with different cells on it and then having to rotate through. The benefits continue by allowing cells to work on the overhead projector by way of the digital microscope so that labs that require change (osmosis labs, for example) can be seen in real time rather than as still images.

This microscope would serve two purposes: 1.) To be used as a demonstration and teaching tool so that students can all see the same image at the same time, and 2.) To allow students to capture still images to interpret later on. (This helps with data collection that can't be done real-time, like counting chloroplasts.)

Mr. Hankey
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
AmScope M170C-E 40X-1000X Dual LED Solid-metal Portable Compound Microscope with Camera • Amazon Business $121.99 1 $121.99

Materials cost

$121.99

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.83

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$153.82

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$27.14

Total project goal

$180.96

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$180.96

2 Donors

-$153.12

Donations toward project cost

-$152.97

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.15

match offer

-$1.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$0.85

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.15

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$26.84

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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