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Ms. Griner from Albany NY is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Middle School Under the Microscope

My students need 5 compound microscopes and a digital demonstration microscope to help model and practice microscopy skills of slide making, magnification and observation.

  • $1,205 goal

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My Students

I teach science to 7th graders in an urban school that serves students in grades 6-8.

My 7th graders are full of energy and are excited to learn about science every day.

We are a very diverse group too! My students speak more than 15 different languages and come from all over the world. They have a wide range of strengths and genuinely want to do well. Every day is a challenge to meet their needs and help each of them feel successful when many of them struggle with basic reading and math skills. However, no matter what stands in their way, they never give up. They amaze and inspire me every day!

My Project

Imagine being a 21st Century middle school science student, excited to use the latest technology to learn about microscopy, biotechnology and life sciences. Sounds amazing, inspiring ans sure to create a class full of budding young scientists, right? Now picture our reality. In many science classrooms, access to current technology is a challenge. While we have a class set of compound microscopes, many are damaged beyond repair and outdated.

How can I instill a love for science and foster 21st Century science skills with outdated and broken equipment?

This is a question, I as a science educator ask myself on a daily basis. Having this equipment in my classroom would allow me to properly teach microscopy skills and help my students really learn to appreciate the technology that is available in current fields of science.

Ms. Griner
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wolfe Inclined Elementary Microscope Model TT52L • Carolina Biological Supply Company $134.10 5 $670.50
Celestron LCD Digital Microscope II • Carolina Biological Supply Company $220.50 1 $220.50

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