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Mr. Lore from Danbury CT is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration: The Chemistry of Life

Help me give my students Elodea densa plants, Digital Timers and lab equipment to study photosynthesis.

  • $255 goal

This project expired on August 11, 2019.

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My Students

We are a small alternative public school, part of a district which serves 11,000 students in 21 schools. As my program serves such a small number of students in a non-traditional setting, it is a challenge to get the necessary resources to provide the same learning experiences as the traditional schools.

Many of our students are disengaged, yet they have such great potential and a desire for success that they have not experienced in the past.

Chronic absenteeism, multiple suspensions, and failed classes are just a few of the issues they have faced in the past. Yet, they are eager, creative and hopeful that they can find success in the future. Our mission is to provide the academic, social and emotional support they need to re-engage in school and find success in high school and beyond.

We are small, with three teachers serving 24 students, and we are mighty, working tirelessly to ensure each student gets the support needed to get back on track. But our small budget makes it difficult to get the supplies and resources necessary to provide an engaging and rigorous environment in which our students can learn and grow.

My Project

The materials in this project will be used to give students a first-hand look at how plants undergo photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Students will experiment with Elodea sprigs to determine the conditions under which either photosynthesis or cellular respiration takes place. They will use indicators to compare the gases released by plants exposed to light or kept in the dark, and to determine if sugars have been produced, in order to understand the products of each process.

Students learn science best when they can see it in action, and experiments involving living organisms are essential to their understanding of complex biological processes.

Photosynthesis and cellular respiration are essential to all life on Earth, yet we often treat them as abstract chemical reactions in science class. This experiment will allow students to see the outcomes of both processes, understand the conditions necessary for them to take place and explore the implications for plant and animal life alike.

Mr. Lore
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 24 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
12 Pack Small Digital Kitchen Timer Magnetic Back And ON/OFF Switch,Minute Second Count Up Countdown(White,Blue,Orange) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Weighing Boats, Plastic, 1 3/4 x 3/16 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $18.76 1 $18.76
Pyrex Glass Griffin Beaker, Low Form, Measuring, 100 mL • Carolina Biological Supply Company $4.05 4 $16.20
Pyrex Glass Griffin Beaker, Low Form, Measuring, 30 mL • Carolina Biological Supply Company $3.78 4 $15.12
Filtration Funnel, 6.25 cm, Polypropylene, Pack of 10 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $13.27 1 $13.27
Elodea densa, Living, Pack of 25 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $13.00 1 $13.00
Culture Tube, 15 mL, Pack of 25 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $10.35 1 $10.35
Microchemistry Pipets, Jumbo, Overall Length 6 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $9.99 1 $9.99
hand2mind Shatter-Resistant, Plastic, Transparent, 12-inch Rulers (Pack of 10) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
CYLINDER GRADUATED POLYPROPYLENE 100ML • Frey Scientific $1.48 6 $8.88
CYLINDER GRADUATED POLYPROPYLENE 25ML • Frey Scientific $0.99 6 $5.94
Iodine-Potassium Iodide Solution, Laboratory Grade, 100 mL • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.85 1 $5.85
Microchemistry Pipets, Small Graduated, Overall Length 5 1/2 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.71 1 $5.71
Bromthymol Blue, 0.04% Aqueous, Laboratory Grade, 500 mL • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.53 1 $5.53
CYLINDER GRADUATED POLYPROPYLENE 10ML • Frey Scientific $0.70 6 $4.20
Sodium Bicarbonate, Powder, Laboratory Grade, 100 g • Carolina Biological Supply Company $4.05 1 $4.05

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