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Ms. Tom from Bronx NY is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Molecular Gastronomy

Help me give my students a Molecule-R Triple Skill Molecular Gastronomy Set, a Wancle Thermal Immersion Circulator, Standing Stone Farms Basic Beginner Cheese Making Kits, and Digital Precision Pocket Weight Scales.

  • $997 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are shrewd, savvy, brave, and resilient. They attend a Title I school and live in one of the roughest neighborhoods in New York City. Despite these challenges, they are eager to learn when provided with the opportunity and resources. Our school offers a safe space for them to grow and flourish. We have an exceptionally strong social support system, with counselors working with small groups of students on an ongoing basis from grades six to twelve to ensure they graduate from high school and enroll in college.

When my students enter the classroom and see an experiment set up, they are excited and curious and want to start exploring right away.

Most of my students come from homes where academic enrichment opportunities outside of school are limited. My students truly appreciate any of the extras we can bring into the classroom. My goal is to create an exciting, positive, learning environment for my students to explore the world around them.

My Project

Science allows students to explore their world and discover new things. Children are naturally curious, so science should be a favorite subject. That's why I was shocked to discover that a majority of my students enter middle school disliking science. For many, their elementary school science experience consisted largely of memorizing facts and filling in worksheets.

Science should be a fun and active subject, involving a variety of hands-on labs and experiments.

My students love to conduct scientific experiments and make their own discoveries. In the coming school year, I would like to incorporate more project-based learning activities for my students. We will use the Molecular Gastronomy Kit to explore kitchen chemistry and perform various experiments with agar, sodium alginate, calcium chloride, calcium lactate, and soy lecithin to create edible water bubbles, raindrop cakes, soft caviar pearls of balsamic vinegar by gelification, and lemon foam made through emulsification. The Wancle Thermal Immersion Circulator will be used to heat containers of water quickly and efficiently. We will use the immersion blender to mix the sodium alginate into the water because stirring with a spoon is not sufficient for successful spherification. We will also add acids and enzymes to milk to see how cheese is made. My students will work in groups of 2-3. Each group will use their own scale to measure out the appropriate amounts of each ingredient in a challenge to create an innovative selection of dishes that will stimulate curiosity, entice the eyes, and tickle the palate.

Ms. Tom
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Molecule-R – Triple Skill Molecular Gastronomy Set – Molecular Recipes, Food Styling & Volatile Flavoring • Amazon Business $99.95 1 $99.95
Sous Vide Cooker, Wancle Thermal Immersion Circulator, with Recipe E-Cookbook, Accurate Temperature Digital Timer, Ultra-quiet, 850 Watts, 120V, Stainless Steel/Black • Amazon Business $89.99 1 $89.99
Standing Stone Farms Basic Beginner Cheese Making Kit - Mozzarella, Burrata, Burricota, Chevre, Ricotta, Mascarpone & Butter! • Amazon Business $29.95 2 $59.90
American Weigh Scales Signature Series Digital Precision Pocket Weight Scale, Black 1000G x 0.1G • Amazon Business $11.66 4 $46.64
Rubbermaid Commercial Products Plastic Space Saving Square Food Storage Container for Kitchen/Sous Vide/Food Prep, 22 Quart, Clear (FG632200CLR) • Amazon Business $31.00 1 $31.00
Pure Kappa Carrageenan (Molecular Gastronomy) ⊘ Non-GMO ☮ Vegan ✡ OU Kosher Certified - 400g/14oz • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Kootek Aluminium Alloy Revolving Cake Stand 12 Inch Cake Turntable with Angled Icing Spatula and 3 Comb Icing Smoother, Silicon Spatula and Cake Server/Cutter Baking Cake Decorating Supplies • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Mueller Austria 1 001 Ultra-Stick 500 Watt 9-Speed Immersion Multi-Purpose Hand Blender Heavy Duty Copper Motor Brushed Stainless Steel Finish Includes Whisk Attachment, normal, Silver • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Di Oro Designer Series Everyday 3-Piece Flexible Silicone Turner Spatula Set - 600°F Heat-Resistant Rubber Kitchen Spatulas - Versatile Silicone Spatulas - BPA Free, FDA Approved, and LFGB Certified • Amazon Business $29.97 1 $29.97
SO-VIDA Sous Vide Container Sleeve For The Lipavi CL10 / EVERIE EVC-12 Quart/WyzerPro - Protects Your Work Surfaces and Saves You Electricity From Increased Insulation • Amazon Business $26.74 1 $26.74
Rubbermaid Commercial Products Plastic Space Saving Square Food Storage Container for Kitchen/Sous Vide/Food Prep, 18 Quart, Clear (FG631800CLR) • Amazon Business $25.76 1 $25.76
LiveFresh Stainless Steel Micro-perforated 5-Quart Colander - Professional Strainer with Heavy Duty Handles and Self-draining Solid Ring Base - Dishwasher Safe • Amazon Business $20.75 1 $20.75
Spring Chef Premium Fine Mesh Strainers, 100% Stainless Steel, Set of 3 Kitchen Sieves • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
Rubbermaid Commercial Products Plastic Space Saving Square Food Storage Container for Kitchen/Sous Vide/Food Prep, 12 Quart, Clear (FG631200CLR) • Amazon Business $17.10 1 $17.10
Yogourmet 16 Pack Freeze Dried Yogurt Starter Value Pack, 1 Box Containing 16 Each 5 Grams Packets 2.8 Onces • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Skimmer Slotted Spoon, [Rustproof, Integral Forming, Durable] Newness 304 Stainless Steel Slotted Spoon with Vacuum Ergonomic Handle, Comfortable Grip Design Strainer Ladle for Kitchen, 14.96 Inches • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Di Oro Designer Series Flexible Silicone Turner Pancake Spatula - 600F Heat-Resistant Rubber Kitchen Spatula - Ideal for Eggs, Pancakes, Crepes, and More - BPA Free, FDA Approved, and LFGB Certified • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
The Beginner's Guide to Cheese Making: Easy Recipes and Lessons to Make Your Own Handcrafted Cheeses • Amazon Business $13.45 1 $13.45
Blue Diamond Almond Flour, Gluten Free, Blanched, Finely Sifted 3 lb bag • Amazon Business $13.44 1 $13.44
Weetiee Pastry Bag - 100 Pieces 16 Inch [Extra Thick] Disposable Piping Bags Set with 8 decorating tips, 1 coupler and 3 Bag Ties for Cake Decorating Royal Frosting • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Di Oro Designer Series Silicone Turner Classic Spatula - Features 600F Heat-Resistant No-Melt Rubber Spatula Handle and Blade - Silicone Kitchen Spatula for Cooking or Baking • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Agar Agar Powder: Vegetable Gelatin 100% from Red Algae, Dietary Fiber Thickener | Vegan, Vegetarian, Non-GMO, Gluten-free, Kosher, Halal | Desserts, Snacks for Kids and Pets | LIVING JIN [4/12/28oz] • Amazon Business $11.75 1 $11.75
Cake&Deco Russian Piping Tips Set - 30pcs Cake Decorating Baking Supplies Kit with storage Gift Box - 14 Premium Russian Tulip Icing Piping Nozzles - Flower shaped frosting nozzles kit Training eBook • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
Hard Cheese Butter Punched Making Mold With Follower Press 1,2 liters by NKST Group • Amazon Business $10.38 1 $10.38
Rubbermaid Commercial Products Large Lid for 12, 18, and 22 Qt. Plastic Space Saving Square Food Storage Container (FG652300WHT) • Amazon Business $5.00 2 $10.00
Agar Agar Powder, Vegan Cheese Powder and Vegan Gelling Agent, 4 OZ by American Heritage Industries • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
OXO Good Grips Brushed Stainless Steel Slotted Spoon • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
EVERIE Collapsible Hinged Lid Compatible with Wancle Sous Vide Cookers and Rubbermaid 12 18 22 Quart Container, BPA Free Plastic Lid (Does Not Fit Anova or Joule) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
New England Cheesemaking Vegetable Rennet Tablets, Strip of 10 • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Mercer Culinary Spherification Spoon, Silver • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Cheesecloth, Grade 90, 45 Sq Feet, Reusable, 100% Unbleached Cotton Fabric, Ultra Fine Cheesecloth for Cooking - Nut Milk Bag, Strainer, Filter (Grade 90-5Yards) • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
Wilton Cake Leveler, Small, 10-Inch • Amazon Business $8.03 1 $8.03
Chef Craft Select Stainless Steel Turner (Value 2-Pack) • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Kate Naturals Xanthan Gum. 100% Natural. Perfect For Gluten-Free Baking, Cooking & Thickening Sauces, Gravies & Shakes. Non-GMO. Large Resealable Bag. 1-Year Guarantee. (8 oz (Starter Size)) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Rubbermaid Commercial Products Stainless Steel Instant Read Oven/Grill/Smoker Monitoring Thermometer • Amazon Business $6.30 1 $6.30
Update International MC-30 CL17402 Malt Cup, 30 oz, Stainless Steel • Amazon Business $6.25 1 $6.25
Camco Durable Steel Refrigerator-Freezer Thermometer - Monitors the Internal Temperature of Your Refrigerator or Freezer, Hooks or Stands Alone (42114) • Amazon Business $5.45 1 $5.45
Spicy World Indian Black Salt Fresh Grinder 4 Ounce Jar • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

Materials cost

$799.81

Vendor shipping charges

$5.39

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$12.00

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$847.20

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$149.51

Total project goal

$996.71

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$996.71

1 Donor

-$423.60

Donations toward project cost

-$423.60

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

match offer

-$498.35

Match offer toward project cost

-$423.60

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$74.75

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$74.75

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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