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Ms. S. from Brooklyn NY is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Radiation Detectives

My students need 2 geiger counters to measure the radiation levels at different locations around the city and compare it with radiation levels in Japan.

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My Students

My students are curious young scientists who are interested in exploring radioactivity in their city. They will be studying atoms and elements in chemistry class and the use of nuclear weapons during World War II in History class. Then they will be debating the use of nuclear power.

Our small school is located in a building of other public city high schools.

The student body is very multicultural. Our students are from a disadvantaged urban population where 100% of students qualify for free lunch. Hands-on experiments are appealing to our students who are English Language learners. During my course, students will build their critical thinking, analyzing, and problem solving skills. Students will have the opportunity to think like a scientist and conduct their very own experiment. This project will open up the doors for my students and hopefully spark their interests in a career in scientific research.

My Project

During this project, the students will be using Geiger counters to measure radiation levels around their city. The students will use the geiger counters to collect data on radiation levels around them from being near everyday objects such as a cell phone and a microwave. The students will also compare the radiation levels they measured in their everyday lives to data of radiation levels in Japan. They will create graphs and data tables and share them on a website. The students will analyze this data and determine if the radiation levels they measured with the geiger counter is within the safe range. They will also be learning about atoms, elements, and radioactivity in chemistry class. In History class they will be studying World War II and the use of nuclear weapons. They will also be studying about the scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project. The students will be debating the pros and cons of using nuclear energy.

The students will not only learn about important STEM concepts of collecting data and generating charts and graphs, they will learn important lessons about the dangers of nuclear weapons.

I hope that this project inspires my students to make wise decisions about the future because it is in their hands!

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Ms. S.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 91 students.

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Radiation Detector SOEKS 01M - Geiger Counter - 2013 Latest Version (English/Russian Language) • Amazon $159.95 2 $319.90

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