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Ms. Billings from Oakland CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Light Inquiry and Creativity

Help me give my students access to materials to explore and manipulate light.

  • $435 goal

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My Students

I teach physics in a design + engineering focused high school in Oakland. Many of my students have been in school together since elementary school, and we have a supportive, tight knit community of students. They love to collaborate and explore together, and I try to build my classroom to reflect that strength.

My students are bright, creative, and innovative, and I need a curriculum to match their learning needs and reflect's our school's focus on engineering and design.

I have created a curriculum where students use physics concepts to build and engineering different products, including earthquake proof structures, rockets, mini cars, and museum exhibits. We practice the scientific process in a way that allows my students to be in charge of their own learning, and this has led to some innovative and creative work from my students.

My Project

Exploring and manipulating the properties of light allows my students to connect their creativity and artistic sides with scientific inquiry and learning. The materials will help my students understand the properties of light, as well as how light is manipulated by technology to achieve certain outcomes. The prisms and lenses will allow students to explore how light changes through different mediums. The colored lenses and different colored light sources allow students to explore how different wave lengths of light can change how they see the world around them. Students will then use what they learned to re-create exhibits from the exploratorium focus on light and optical illusions. After re-creating these exhibits, students will get to show each other their work through a gallery exhibition open to the entire school.

Ms. Billings
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

13 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
ACRYLIC FILTER SET 5 • Ward's Science $12.11 7 $84.77
LIGHT SOURCE WITH BATTERY HOLD • Ward's Science $7.82 10 $78.20
American Educational 6 Piece Glass Lens Set • Amazon Business $8.95 7 $62.65
Sciencent Set of 3 Acrylic Prisms 1" 2" 4" • Amazon Business $8.68 4 $34.72
LIGHT BLOX ASSORTED COLORS SET3 • Ward's Science $31.20 1 $31.20
Kohree LED Finger Lights 100 Pack Bright Party Favors Party Supplies for Christmas Holiday Light up Toys, Wedding Birthday Lights Accessories Assorted Color • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95

Materials cost

$306.49

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$28.04

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.60

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$369.13

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$65.14

Total project goal

$434.27

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$434.27

10 Donors

-$427.33

Donations toward project cost

-$369.13

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$58.20

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$6.94

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$0.00

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