I teach at a Title I high school located in South Carolina. As of the this school year, the school has an enrollment of approximately 1700 students. More than half of our students receive free or reduced lunch.
We want our students to critically and be able to communicate thoughts and solutions to complex problems through creativity, collaboration, and the use of technology.
However, many of these students do not have the money needed to buy materials needed for school.
Students will be using the scientific calculators to complete complex chemistry problems. Most of the students can not afford a calculator and they become frustrated and give up when they have to complete the problems by hand.
As we continue to study moles, molar mass, empirical and molecular formulas, and other complex chemistry topics, the math become increasingly difficult.
Having access to the calculators will help the students work through the problems with ease and help gain confidence in their skills.
As their skills increase, the students will be able to tackle more complex problems which will help prepare them for other higher level courses.
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