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Mrs. Rody from Pompano Beach FL is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Schoolyard Safari: Stalking Cells, Bugs and Critters

My students need 2 Kena digital portable USB microscopes to conduct science and math labs in our butterfly garden outside of the classroom.

  • $758 goal

This project expired on September 23, 2010.

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My Students

Would you rather hear a lecture about plant cells or insect body parts or go on a safari outside to find these items? My K-8 students with disabilities do not do well in lecture situations so finding creative ways to keep them engaged in their science and math classes is critical.

My K-8 students have many disabilities that prevent or hinder their learning in traditional ways.

However, they still want to learn and want to be involved in science labs or experiments and collecting data. Many have attention deficit disorders coupled with learning disabilities, while others are emotionally disturbed and have conduct issues. Over 80% are from mid to low socioeconomic areas and are on free or reduced meals. We are in south Florida and our butterfly garden has lots of cool things in it but most are too small to see with the naked eye or through eyes that have vision problems. That makes for a frustrating group of students who really want to learn but can't see what we are talking about.

My Project

K-3rd grade students have a life science curriculum that teaches them about cells, insect body parts, worms, plants, and lots of tiny natural critters. Currently, our light microscopes need a power source and can't be taken outside. They don't take pictures of what we see or save those pictures to the computer so we can see them later. The 4th - 8th graders have much more to learn and they need tools that they can take with them while they are collecting data. Now, think about a portable, digital microscope that detaches from its base, uses a USB plug into a laptop, and captures both still and moving images directly to the laptop - and you have a safari instead of a basic lab! Our students can go hunting for those vague topics we talked about. They can chose specific images to learn with and not hurt or kill the organism. The microscopes have long cords so students can explore a safe distance from the laptop and capture data while being actively engaged in their own learning.

The Kena microscopes open up new frontiers for at-risk elementary students to explore their natural environment within an interactive safari activity.

They can hunt with a microscope just like real scientists do and they are actively involved in their learning. Your donation provides our budding scientists-students with real-life tools to see, explore, and take real-time data (photos and movies) as they mimic scientists on the hunt for new micro-learning experiences. Thank you for helping!

Mrs. Rody
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Ken-A-Vision kena Digital Microscope • Carolina Biological Supply Company $274.55 2 $549.10

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