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Dr. Agapito from Newark NJ is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Our Einstein’s Dreamers Research Program

My students need the molecular Biology kits which include gloves, Petri dishes, MediaStorage Bottles, and many more, to culminate their project.

  • $2,265 goal

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My Students

STEM careers are of great demand, but there are not enough workers to meet the criterion for these jobs in 2030, especially from minority groups. At our school in Newark - NJ, our students are curious, engage, and innovative in scientific projects. This past year, eight students showcased their work at the NJ Academy of Science (June 2018). The two projects were entitled: Rosemary leaves as an organic bug repellent against fire ants (Solenopsis Invicta) and Developing a model system to study the negative effects of cigarettes fumes on organismal growth. This was a great experience for our students to engage and exchange ideas with other students, mentors, and the scientific community. For the next academic year, our students' next goal is to improve their findings.

It is our hope, we can count on you (the public) for your support via personal donation, employer donation or employer equipment donation to help us improve our science facility and continue to create scientific innovators of tomorrow.

As you can see from the above, student scientific future goals, We will need help with common laboratory supplies such as gloves, media, and many more.

My Project

In Newark - NJ, about 71% of students graduate with a High School degree; however, only 12.7 % of students graduate with a college degree and 3.7 % students obtain a doctorate or professional degree. This is not beneficial to the city’s socioeconomic status, specifically in a highly technological era. For this reason, it is my goal to develop an inclusive STEM curriculum that can benefit and empower our Bardian students with critical thinking, innovative ideas, and scientific skills.

Our students will continue their project by:

1. Evaluating diverse strategies to improve their organic ant repellent and observe whether it can affect other bugs too. In addition, the ant genomic DNA will be isolated and PCR techniques will be used to determine changes in gene levels due to repellent exposure.

2. The cigarette model apparatus will be used to determine cigarettes fumes effects on plant development. Plant seed germination and growth will be recorded. Plant genomic DNA will be isolated to determine any alterations in genes associated with stress. Students will learn to make primers, PCR analysis, and gel electrophoresis.

3. Testing the effects of bisphenol analogs on nematodes survival. The nematodes will be observed under the dissecting scope using the Petri dishes containing a special medium, exposure to three BPA analogs will be analyzed. Egg laying, Egg hatching, and nematodes behavior will be analyzed. Metabolic assay staining will be conducted to determine its toxicity on lipids.

4. The planarian model will be used to investigate the effects of the bisphenol analogs on tissue regeneration. Under the dissecting scope using the Petri dishes, the exposure to three BPA analogs will be analyzed.

It is my hope that through these experiences, our students will obtain the necessary scientific skills to tackle the scientific job industry of 2030. With your assistance and donating towards this project, we will receive the common laboratory supplies that need to make our goals come alive, such as gloves, Petri dishes, MediaStorage Bottles, and many more.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Celltreat 229665 Petri Dish, Sterile, 60 mm x 15 mm, 20 per Bag, Clear (Pack of 500) • Amazon Business $90.00 4 $360.00
Drummond Scientific 4-000-100 Original Portable Pipet-Aid with 110V Recharger • Amazon Business $283.84 1 $283.84
WIZARD GENOMIC DNA PURIF KT 10 PREP • Ward's Science $42.92 4 $171.68
Autofil Sterile Disposable Vacuum Filter Units with 0.2um Sterilizing PES Membrane, 250mL, 12/CS • Amazon Business $72.44 2 $144.88
GoTaq PCR Core SystII Pos Neg ctrl plasm • Ward's Science $143.73 1 $143.73
Agar Powder, Reagent Grade, 500 g • Carolina Biological Supply Company $62.95 2 $125.90
MediaStorage Bottle - 500 ml • Nasco $92.95 1 $92.95
TK19926500T Plastic Centrifuge Tube 50mL Polypropylene Sterile • Grainger $88.36 1 $88.36
MediaStorage Bottle - 250 ml • Nasco $86.95 1 $86.95
TK19926499T Plastic Centrifuge Tube 15mL Polypropylene Sterile • Grainger $78.60 1 $78.60
Innovating Science Introduction to Microbiology: Bacterial Growth and Staining Kit • Amazon Business $62.06 1 $62.06
Daigger DAI-T34-27-C Assorted Label Tape Pack, 1" Width, 500" Roll Length (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $45.62 1 $45.62
Heathrow Scientific HS29022G 4 Way Tube Rack, Polypropylene, Assorted Colors, Blue, Green, Pink, Yellow, Orange (Pack of 5) • Amazon Business $43.35 1 $43.35
Ants, Living, Unit 100-200 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $33.75 1 $33.75
Extragene 200ul / Universal Pipette Tips, Yellow, DNase/RNase free Autoclavable Pk x 1,000 ea • Amazon Business $14.01 2 $28.02
Brown Planaria, Living • Carolina Biological Supply Company $8.95 2 $17.90
Autoclave Tape-Sterilization Tape (1/2" wide) • Amazon Business $7.53 1 $7.53

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