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Mr. Rodriguez from Huntington Park CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Science Alive!

My students need lab materials, like 25 magnifiers, animal cell charts, 10 pointers, and themed posters to be able to conduct hands-on science investigations.

  • $610 goal

This project expired on May 2, 2012.

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My Students

Do you remember what science education was like for you? Was it mainly memorizing facts from a book, or doing countless questions at the end of each chapter? That's not the way science was intended to be learned! Science is exciting and fun when students are involved in DOING science.

My students are your typical middle school students -- rambunctious, curious, eager explorers -- and like all other students their age, easily drift into daydreams if not active participants in a lesson.

This is an especially challenging age to keep focused and motivated, which is why hands-on, inquiry-based lessons are so important. My students come from economically diverse households, although over 90% of our school population qualifies for free (or reduced price) lunch through the Federal Lunch Program. Many of my students have not had access to early science education, and for some, 7th grade is the first time they engage in science laboratory activities.

My Project

The materials that I'm requesting will allow my students to engage in hands-on inquiry lessons in my Life Science class. Lasers and lenses will be used to study the behavior of light, which students need to learn in order to then understand the function of the eye. Our Light Unit culminates with the dissection of a bovine eye; students then compare the function of an eye to the way a camera works. I'm also requesting print material (posters and bulletin board cut-outs) for our Cell Unit. The cell is an abstract concept for most middle school students to grasp, and visuals posted around the classroom serve as a great teaching tool, and make an abstract concept more comprehendible.

Your donation of the requested materials will allow my students to investigate, inquire, and uncover for themselves the concepts related to our Light & Eye Unit.

Science is a difficult endeavor when learned passively through a book or through lecture. Middle school students learn best when they are DOING science, rather than when science is being done to them. An old Chinese proverb best summarizes this idea: “Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand."

Mr. Rodriguez
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 97 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
POINTER FREY SCIENTIFIC LASER • Frey Scientific, Inc. $19.75 10 $197.50
MAGNIFIER STUDENT 3X AND 6X • Frey Scientific, Inc. $2.52 25 $63.00
LENSES ECONOMY SET OF 2 ST • Frey Scientific, Inc. $7.29 7 $51.03
HUMAN INHERITANCE LAM POSTER • Frey Scientific, Inc. $17.95 1 $17.95
VISUALIZING CELLS LAM POSTER • Frey Scientific, Inc. $17.95 1 $17.95
CHART PLANT CELL LAMINATED 19X26IN • Frey Scientific, Inc. $15.30 1 $15.30
CHART ANIMAL CELL LAMINATED 19X26IN • Frey Scientific, Inc. $15.30 1 $15.30
BULLETIN BOARD SET DNA UNDRSTAND THE BASICS • Frey Scientific, Inc. $16.06 1 $16.06

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