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Ms. Parikh from Anaheim CA is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Observing Infrared Radiation Using a Photocell Detector (STEM)

Help me give my students amplifiers, batteries, and building materials to study infrared radiation detection and relate it to our study of light from stars, nebulae, and other planets.

  • $643 goal

This project expired on February 2, 2019.

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My Students

Relevant, exciting, engaging. Hands-on experiences are necessary to engage students, open their minds, and ignite their passion for science.

My high school is a Title I school.

A school is designated as a Title I school if a high percentage of students attending the school are from low-income families. My high school identifies over 70% of its population as socioeconomically disadvantaged. Over 70% of the student population is eligible for the free and reduced-price lunch program and/or serves families where neither of the students' parents has received a high school diploma. Over 40% of the student population also consists of English Language Learners. It is important to offer engaging science projects to keep my students competitive in this global society where STEM skills are needed.

My Project

The materials I am requesting will provide students the opportunity to access, through experience, the new Next Generation Science Standards. Students will get the opportunity to think, build, and understand energy in multiple ways. Students will learn about mechanical waves by investigating waves generated in earth. They will compare and contrast seismic waves with wave radiation emitted by celestial objects.

Students will use the guitar amplifiers and solar panels to build detectors capable of detecting infrared light.

Students will use these detectors to study infrared and visible radiation. Students will need to define problems, plan and carry out scientific investigations, collect and analyze data, analyze solutions, and communicate information. They will experience and practice constructing scientific arguments and supporting their arguments with sufficient evidence.

With the increasing need for STEM skills in the job market, schools need to equip students with these transferable skills. These materials will help me provide a rich, engaging, and meaningful experience in my classroom. With the increasing need for STEM skills in the job market, schools need to equip students with these transferable skills. These materials will help me provide a rich, engaging, and meaningful experience in my classroom.

Ms. Parikh
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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6 donors6 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 110 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ammoon PG-3 3W Electric Guitar Amplifiers - Black • Amazon Business $19.99 7 $139.93
Andoer PG-3 3W Electric Guitar Amp Amplifier High-Sensitivity Speaker with Volume Tone Control • Amazon Business $23.99 5 $119.95
Hosa CMM-310 Mono Interconnect 3.5 mm TS to TS, 10 Foot • Amazon Business $6.98 7 $48.86
BATTERY 9 VOLT ALKALINE/EA • School Specialty $1.91 24 $45.84
TAPE - MASK - .75''X60YD - BSN16460 • School Specialty $1.13 25 $28.25
Cable Matters 5-Pack, Gold Plated 6.3mm (1/4 inch) to 3.5 mm Male to Female Stereo Adapter • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
Chanzon 10 pcs 10mm 850nm IR Emitter LED Diode Lights Night Vision Camera (Clear Round Infrared 850 nm DC 1.5V 30mA) Lighting Bulb Lamps Electronics Components Light Emitting Diodes • Amazon Business $6.98 2 $13.96
Foraineam Test Leads with Alligator Clips 5 Colors Double-ended Insulated Testing Wire Clips Set, 50 Pieces • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
BATTERIES ALKALINE AAA SCHOOL SMART PACK OF 12 • School Specialty $5.67 2 $11.34
BATTERIES ALKALINE AA -PACK OF 24 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $7.59 1 $7.59

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