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Mr. Mentzer from Washington DC is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Salt Water Aquarium Ecosystem!

Help me give my students a complete saltwater aquarium to view and analyze an ecosystem within the classroom.

  • $679 goal

This project expired on October 31, 2019.

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My Students

My students are curious, kind, and ready to learn. These 7th grade students are ready to explore life science and everything it has to offer. From cells to ecosystems, everything I mention seems to interest them. My students, in just two weeks, have shown respect for me and their peers that makes the classroom enjoyable every day. These students are from Washington, D.C. and you might think that they have everything at their fingertips but in reality, they have so much to see and learn. This project is to get them curious about life science, and to build a foundation for a career.

My Project

Next Generation Science Standards are used in Washington, D.C. and are focused on real-world applications. This aquarium will allow students to see a live ecosystem in the classroom up-front and in-person. This opportunity is a great responsibility and will allow me to not only teach students about science but about life skills. Life skills include classroom jobs, career explorations, aquarium maintenance, and more.

These materials will be immediately utilized as we are going full force into a hands-on classroom.

I appreciate everyone's support as we try and install this saltwater aquarium in the classroom. Wonder what our fish names will be? NEMO!

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8 donors8 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 110 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Marine Aquarium Kit, Basic, 20 gal, without Animals • Carolina Biological Supply Company $268.78 1 $268.78
SunSun HW-302 3-Stage External Canister Aquarium Filter 264GPH • Amazon Business $56.88 1 $56.88
Reef Complete, 2 L / 67.6 fl. oz. • Amazon Business $36.59 1 $36.59
API SALTWATER MASTER TEST KIT 550-Test Saltwater Aquarium Water Test Kit • Amazon Business $22.54 1 $22.54
Salinity Refractometer for Seawater and Marine Fishkeeping Aquarium 0-100 PPT with Automatic Temperature Compensation • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
QANVEE Aluminum Magnesium Alloy Aquarium Scraper Cleaner Brush Scrubber with 10 Stainless Steel Blades for Fish Reef Plant Glass Tank 26-Inch • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Reef Advantage Magnesium, 1.2 kg / 2.6 lbs • Amazon Business $15.92 1 $15.92
Instant Ocean Sea Salt for Marine Aquariums, Nitrate & Phosphate-Free • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Aquarium Air Pump Full Set 1-15 Gallon Fish Tank Air Pump Ultra Quiet Oxygen Pump Mini Size with Air Stone + Silicone Tube + Check Valve + Suction Cup (Black) • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Cleo Co. Aquarium Gravel Cleaner Vacuum and Water Siphon Pump - Automatic Fish Tank Cleaner Kit with Hose, Starter Bulb, Large and Small Nozzle with Filter, and Tank Clip - Freshwater and Saltwater • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
API MARINE CALCIUM Reef Aquarium Calcium Solution 16-Ounce Bottle • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20

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