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Mrs. Paddy from San Diego CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Platform Microscopes and Staining!

Help me give my students microscopes and the ability to stain their own microscope slides!

  • $993 goal

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My Students

I teach 11th-grade biology and environmental science in a public project-based learning (PBL) high school. My scientists tackle real-world problems with their curiosity, innovation, and integration of current science and technology in our classroom and in the community. Our classroom reflects the rich and diverse culture of the San Diego region from all socioeconomic backgrounds. All of our students at our school benefit from a full inclusion IEP education to access a university-level STEAM curriculum.

Our school believes that 100% of students deserve an opportunity to continue in higher education after graduation and excel in their gifts and talents.

My student scientists use STEAM as a way to explore their interests, investigate their ideas, and design new solutions. My students use their varying backgrounds, languages, and experiences to work together to create an inclusive, forward-thinking team that utilizes biochemistry, physiology, molecular biology, ecology, astrobiology, botany, and engineering to design and conduct experiments for the International Space Station. These experiences bring my scientists together in a positive, rigorous learning environment while also preparing them for future STEAM majors and careers.

My Project

Our students are beginning a San Diego ecology project where they will be studying abiotic factors, native, and invasive species in San Diego. They will be creating an interactive trail map of their ecosystem explaining the species adaptations in relation to drought, fires, climate change, and human impact.

With the requested microscopes and stain kits, students will be creating their own microscope slides to conduct professional microscopy in the field to examine cellular structures from species within their communities.

This will enable students to understand and tell their ecosystem stories from a scale of cell level to biome level to help show others how all organisms and abiotic factors are interconnected.

Mrs. Paddy
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 100 students.

7 donors have given to this project.

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TOMLOV LCD Digital Microscope, 2000X Biological Microscope with Digital & Microbial Lens, 7'' IPS Display∣10 LEDs∣12MP Resolution∣Windows/Mac OS Compatible, SD Card Included, Model- DM11 • Amazon Business $157.79 4 $631.16
100 Pcs Microscope Slides Prepared for Kids Students Biology Specimen Lab Sample with Insects Plants Science Learning Home School • Amazon Business $42.99 1 $42.99
Innovating Science Microscope Stains Vital Stain Kit, 7 Bottles of Different Stains • Amazon Business $34.64 1 $34.64
AmScope BS-50P-100S-22 Pre-Cleaned Blank Ground Edge Glass Microscope Slides and 100pc Pre-Cleaned Square Glass Cover Slips Coverslips • Amazon Business $13.40 2 $26.80

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