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Mr. Davidson from Bronx NY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Near Space Photography To Promote!

My students need various items to launch a weather balloon and cameras to near space, successfully retrieve it, and art supplies to make a flashy launch capsule.

  • $1,348 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Just a few short generations ago the space race captured the imagination of America and the world. Space tourism is starting for the ultra rich now, but for only a couple hundred dollars, I can send a weather balloon and a digital camera to space and take pictures of it all with my students!

I teach at a middle school in the South Bronx.

It's a rough neighborhood, but the kids are great. They're a mix of African American and Hispanic students, with many recent immigrants from the Caribbean, South America, and even Africa! Earlier this year I created a project for two digital cameras as part of a project to send them up into the atmosphere and take pictures of near space. My students helped throughout the design and planning process, and on November 24th I launched and successfully retrieved the capsule! My current profile picture is the last picture our camera took before the battery died. It was a proof-of-concept test and we made some mistakes, but we want things to be even better for the next time! In recent years, near space photography has grown more popular. As more and more people have done projects like this, the creativity of the photos and videos they're taking has increased. People have sent all sorts of things up and taken pictures: bobbleheads,toys, and chairs!

My Project

For our next launch and first HD video, we also want to take a video that's going to be fun and stand out - the foreground of our video is going to feature the logo! All of the items requested in this project are essential to help making it happen. We'll use the cameras I got in the last project, plus the HD camera requested here. A battery extender for the video camera, memory cards, weather balloons, scales to verify weight and helium lift, latex gloves to handle the balloon, standard balloons to conduct small scale experiments, a RADAR reflector to comply with FAA rules, a tarp to use on launch day when we're setting up, a cooler to put the electronics in that will protect them from the cold, and 2 GPS devices to make sure we recover everything so we can get the videos, and use all of this expensive equipment again for launch #3! We're also going to test various batteries. The art supplies and paper mache are to decorate the launch capsule. Never done before!

Project-based learning is so engaging and exciting compared to regular textbook learning.

My kids loved preparing for the first launch and looking at the photos. Now we want to do it all over again, even better, and promote Donors in the process! I'm hopeful that this project will be funded over the winter, and plan to do the launch in early Spring. This project covers virtually all of the costs of the project except for transportation (busing) to the launch, which my school will cover.

Mr. Davidson
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
GoPro HD Hero Outdoor Edition • $279.00 1 $279.00
PocketFinder Personal GPS Locator • Apple $149.95 1 $149.95
HAB-800 (800 gram) • Kaymont Balloons $70.00 2 $140.00
Tagg-The Pet Tracker Master Kit • $80.04 1 $80.04
5ft Weather Balloon Payload Parachute • Rocketman Enterprises $50.00 1 $50.00
GoPro Battery Bacpac • $77.90 1 $77.90
SanDisk Extreme 32 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 45MB/s (SDSDX-032G-X46) • $64.99 1 $64.99
Davis Emergency Deluxe Radar Reflector • $25.03 1 $25.03
SanDisk Flash 16 GB SDHC Flash Memory Card SDSDB-016G • $11.02 2 $22.04
16' X 20' Blue Multi-Purpose 6-mil Waterproof Poly Tarp Shade Cover 16x20 Tarpaulin by Grizzly Tarps • $23.82 1 $23.82
Lenmar DLC4L Digital Camera Equivalent to the Canon NB-4L Battery • $9.87 2 $19.74
STK's Canon NB-4L Battery - Two Pack 1400 mAh for Canon Powershot SD1400 IS, ELPH 300 HS, SD1400IS, SD750, ELPH 100 HS, SD1000, SD1100 IS, SD600, SD780, SD940 IS, SD630, SD400, SD940IS, SD940IS, SD960 IS, SD1100IS, ELPH 310 HS, SD300, TX1, SD200, NB4L, SD960IS, SD40, SD30, SD430 • $17.99 1 $17.99
American Weigh SR-20 Yellow Digital Hanging Scale, 44lb by 0.02lb • $13.99 1 $13.99
Maximalpower NB-4L Battery for Cannon Powershot SD1400 IS,SD 30 40 200 400 430 600 750 780 940IS 960IS 1000 1100IS, ELPH 100HS 300 HS 310HS TX1, Fully Decoded w 3 Yr Warranty • $5.99 2 $11.98
Balloon Inflator - Double Action Air Pump • $9.60 1 $9.60
Standard Color Balloons (144 pcs) • $13.19 1 $13.19
Dynarex Black Nitrile Exam Gloves, Box/100 • $9.45 1 $9.45
EasyLunchboxes Insulated Lunch Box Cooler Bag, Pink • $7.95 1 $7.95
Fast Weigh MS-500-BLK Digital Pocket Scale, 500 by 0.1 G • $6.10 1 $6.10
eForCity 2P NB4L Battery for Canon Powershot Digital ELPH SD1000 / SD1100 IS • $5.83 1 $5.83
DB WONDER WHT FAN/SZ 6 • Blick Art Materials $3.59 2 $7.18
DB WONDR WHT FILBERT/SZ 2 • Blick Art Materials $2.03 1 $2.03
DB WONDR WHT FILBERT/SZ 6 • Blick Art Materials $2.36 1 $2.36
DB WONDER WHT FLAT/SZ 0 • Blick Art Materials $1.72 1 $1.72
DB WONDER WHT ROUND/SZ 3/0 • Blick Art Materials $1.33 1 $1.33
BLICK LIQUID WTRCLR/BLU 8OZ • Blick Art Materials $3.24 1 $3.24
BLICK LIQUID WTRCLR/RED FLRSCNT 8OZ • Blick Art Materials $3.70 1 $3.70
BLICK LIQUID WTRCLR/SLVR 8OZ • Blick Art Materials $3.24 2 $6.48
BLICK LIQUID WTRCLR/ORG 8OZ • Blick Art Materials $3.24 1 $3.24
Item Shipping/Handling Charges • Blick Art Materials $10.95 1 $10.95
DB WONDER WHT BRIGHT/SZ 4 • Blick Art Materials $2.02 1 $2.02

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