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  • $587 goal

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Mrs. Schaefer
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

Motivating Students in Engineering, Science, and Math!

My students need precision measuring tools, like a sound level meter, a spring scale and rulers, in order to learn basic metric measurements that they will need when they graduate high school.

My Students

Were you really ready to enter the "real world" when you graduated high school? My passion is to have my students ready for the challenges they will soon face. Technology is increasing at a rapid pace. Our students need to be confident using the metric system and "real world" tools. PLEASE HELP:)

My students attend a rural public school.

Many come from middle to low income homes. They get excited when I bring technology and new hands-on experiences to the classroom. The motivation-to-learn barometer clearly rises on those occasions as measured by their enthusiasm. Unfortunately, resources are limited in our science lab, so I have been looking for low or no cost options to provide the equipment we need. Many of my students will go on to college or technical school, but even for those that go straight to work, the requirements for technical knowledge will be high. The manufacturing in our area of the country has taken an exponential turn toward metric measurement, robotics, technical maintenance, and the like. Many of my students are self-motivated and want to achieve their best. However, I want all my students to be excited about their future and what they can achieve.

My Project

Imagine how excited you were going into a workplace and applying for and getting your first job. Now imagine how you would have felt on your first day to discover everyone in the facility spoke a different language than you. That is what is happening to many of our high school graduates. They enter the workplace and find out, "What are they talking about? I don't know how to use the metric system." The United States is stubbornly hanging on to the English system of measurement while most of the rest of the world is using the metric system. The tools I am requesting include measuring devices used in industry in our area: metric calipers, metric rulers, metric micrometers, metric spring scales, and a sound meter (used by OSHA for safety tests). My students should not have to enter the 'real world' unprepared for technology they will encounter. I plan to use these instruments in a variety of labs in chemistry, physics, and physical science to ensure they are ready.

Fulfilling this request for measuring devices for our school will impact students for years to come.

My goal is to obtain mostly reusable equipment that will not become obsolete over time. Also, using this type equipment will motivate my current students to recommend the physical science classes to their peers. I expect student requests for these classes to increase over the years. Your money will be well spent for this project and I am forever grateful for any support you can provide.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Three Square File, Number of Pieces 1, Pattern American Pattern, Cut Type Bastard/Double, Shape Triangle, Length (In.) 10, Width (In.) 0.75, Thickness (In.) 0.75, Carbon Steel Material, Taper Yes, Application For Filing Acute Internal Angles • Grainger $16.56 1 $16.56
Distance/Tape Measure, Indoor/Outdoor, Range 40 Feet, Display English And Metric Graduations, Measures Distances By Transmitting/Receiving Ultrasonic Waves, Memory Storage/Recall, Area/Volume Calculation, Automatic Summing, Auto Shutoff, Accuracy +/- • Grainger $26.77 1 $26.77
Electronic Digital Caliper, Range (In.) 0 to 3, Range (mm) 0 to 76, Resolution 0.0005 In./0.01mm, Accuracy +/-0.005 In./0.1mm, SPC Output No, Construction Material Carbon Fiber, LCD Display, Auto-Off Feature, 3-Mode Display: Decimal Inches, Fractiona • Grainger $22.68 3 $68.04
Outside Micrometer, Mechanical, Range 0-1 In./mm, Resolutions 0.001 In./mm, Ratchet Thimble, Flat Anvil, Flat Spindle, Lock Nut Type Lever, Enamel Frame, Vernier Scale • Grainger $64.94 1 $64.94
Spring Scale, Capacity 250g/2.5 N, Graduations 10g/0.1 N, Material Stainless Steel, Overall Height 8-1/3 In., Overall Width 1-2/5 In., Includes User Manual • Grainger $14.48 1 $14.48
Spring Scale, Capacity 11.25 lb./50 N, Graduations 0.25 lb./1 N, Material Stainless Steel, Overall Height 8-1/3 In., Overall Width 1-2/5 In. • Grainger $17.83 1 $17.83
English Measure Meter Stick, Material Aluminum, Length 1 m, 39 3/8 In., Width 27 mm, 1 In., Polished Finish, Markings 1/16 Upper Edge, Decimeters, Centimeters, Millimeters Lower Edge • Grainger $11.93 2 $23.86
Metric Pocket Clip Rule, 6 Inches, Etched Graduations and Conversion Table, Stainless Steel • Grainger $3.44 25 $86.00
Sound Level Meter, 30-120 dB Range, Frequency Range 31.5Hz-8kHz, A Frequency Weighting, Accuracy +/- 3dB for 30-60dB. +/- 2 dB for 60-120 dB, Resolution 0.1dB, Display LCD, Analog 125 MS/Digital 750 MS. Response Time, N Interface, Microphone Type Ele • Grainger $76.73 1 $76.73

Materials cost

$395.21

Vendor shipping charges

$39.52

State sales tax

$27.66

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.93

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$498.32

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$87.94

Total project goal

$586.26

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$586.26

2 Donors

-$586.26

Donations toward project cost

-$498.32

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$87.94

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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This project will reach 150 students.

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