The cost of a metal adjustable utility cart with electric wiring from Quill Corporation and disposable gloves, NOVA Earth Core Curriculum Video Series, Contour Mapping Kit, a Clip-On Lab Light, 20 pairs of child safety googles, 5 glass beakers, 5 Erlenmeyer flasks, and a demonstration hot plate from Delta Education is $870, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
Science on Wheels is a revolutionary concept to bring science demonstrations, experiments and concepts to the ill-equipped classroom. This is my second year teaching sixth grade math and science at the Forty-Niners Academy in East Palo Alto, California. East Palo Alto is a low income community with a population that is 50% Latino, 35% African American, and 15% Pacific Islander. This school serves sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who benefit from an alternative, small and personalized environment. A majority of the students are referred to the Academy because they exhibit high-risk behaviors or have had challenges in a traditional school setting. The Forty-Niners Academy was the first public school in California to instruct students in single sex classrooms. I strongly believe that separating boys and girls for math instruction in middle school encourages the academic growth of both genders. The girls report feeling more confident in front of their peers and weekly assessments show that the girls are mastering 87% of all 6th grade math standards. The boys explain that they stay focused in class for longer spans of time and as a class, they have mastered 72% of the California standards. These successes happening in my math class are inspiring. This year, I am truly dedicated to making these successes happen in the science classroom as well. I realize that some students respond well to verbal instruction, yet the majority of students need to see models, listen to music, or work kinesthetically with something tangible to truly understand the essence of Earth science. Through this grant, I am aiming to create a Mobile Science Lab. Although my classroom is designated for science, it is not equipped with a sink, tile floor, or running water. Thus, it is difficult to run science labs using dirt, sand, water or other elements from the Earth. I would like to purchase a rolling cart to store and move necessary science items from the cafeteria to each of the three science classrooms. This cart would have two large buckets to store and discard materials. Three two-liter plastic bottles would be used to carry water. A hot plate is a great tool to warm water and demonstrate the effects of convection currents deep inside our Earth's mantle. This cart would provide resources to make science demonstrations the norm instead of the exception in our classroom. I am greatly inspired by the intelligence and determination of the students I interact with each day. I strongly believe that every student can and will achieve our science goals. With your help, my students will deeply comprehend the inner workings of our Earth. Please help me provide my students with the necessary resources to FULLY EXPERIENCE the wonders of science.
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|METAL ADJUSTABLE UTILITY CART WITH ELECTRIC -- H. Wilson Extra-Strong Colored Metal Utility Carts; Green • Quill Corporation||$143.99||1||$143.99|
|Demonstration Hot Plate • Delta Education||$129.95||1||$129.95|
|NOVA Earth Core Curriculum Video Series • Delta Education||$89.95||1||$89.95|
|250 mL Glass Beakers • Delta Education||$16.50||5||$82.50|
|Contour Mapping Activity Kit • Delta Education||$15.98||1||$15.98|
|Clip-On Lab Light • Delta Education||$7.95||1||$7.95|
|Child Safety Goggles • Delta Education||$3.95||20||$79.00|
|Disposable Polyethylene Gloves • Delta Education||$3.95||1||$3.95|
|250 mL Erlenmeyer Flask • Delta Education||$3.95||5||$19.75|
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