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Mrs. Gamberutti from Lafayette LA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Making a Mad Scientist Smile

My students need safety goggles, digital scales and 50 copies of SuperScience magazine.

  • $1,212 goal

This project expired on September 18, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

What is a Scientist? I want my students to understand that a scientist is a person who observes, discovers, experiments, measures, asks questions, collects, invents, records and wonders. I want them to realize that a Scientist is.......THEMSELVES!

My forty-eight fourth grade students are eager to learn and expand their knowledge for hands-on science activities.

These students come from all backgrounds and races. Many of my students are not raised in a conventional two parent home. Some are being raised by a single parent, grandparent, and a few are living in a shelter. Their experiences are limited and school is often their only source of prior knowledge. Our school is a Title One school which means that at least 51% of our students are receiving free and/or reduced lunch. Children of poverty need to develop ways to activate their learning process and develop memory recall and hands-on activities and science experiments give them this advantage. Even though these students are faced with so many challenges in their lives, they come to school excited to learn and are enthusiastic in their discovery of what the world has in store for them.

My Project

My students, as have many others, become accustomed to rigorous test taking. Many hours are spent teaching the "best" test taking skills, and practicing for the test. To many of them learning has become boring and exhausting. Through your donation, I can ignite the passion, fun, and creativity that excites students, help them to explore the inquisitive side of themselves and teach them that leaning and fun can go hand-in-hand. Science exploration touches upon higher order thinking skills and teaches one to not fear questioning but understand that it leads to an even higher level of knowledge through experimentation in the search for answers. Students will reach these very attainable goals by feeling professional and observing safety rules by using safety goggles, manipulating various mixtures and estimating and proving weights using the digital scales and traveling and exploring through the magic of words and pictures in the Super Science Magazines.

Your generous donation to this project will MOTIVATE, ENHANCE, and EDUCATE every student it touches.

There is NO better way to learn than through exploration. Studies will discover through hands-on scientific experiments the wonders of science and the world around them. They will learn to question and to experiment and observe to answer those questions, They will learn to become thinkers and problem solvers. They will learn to love Science through reading and inquiry.

Mrs. Gamberutti
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 48 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
VWR Compact Scale 200g x 0.1gm  • Sargent-Welch $79.20 6 $475.20
Safety Glasses,Clear,Uncoated • Grainger $1.84 25 $46.00
SuperScience, Grades 3 - 6 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) - 8 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grades 3–6 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $6.99 50 $349.50

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