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Mr. Sellers
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 12 donors
  • $0 still needed

Seeing the Light

My students need an infrared camera and spectrometers for spectral analysis.

My Students

My students are very interested in doing hands-on activities such as labs. They like getting up and experimenting with "real science stuff." I like them to complete meaningful labs that directly relate to the curriculum.

My school is in Midtown Atlanta.

We are a diverse inner city school that is Title 1. My average class size is about 27, which is not huge, but can be challenging when trying to get lab supplies. My Physical Science students are mostly 11th graders, but I do have a sprinkling of other grades in the class as it fits in their schedules. Physical Science is a required course by the state for graduation.

My Project

I already have a lab for the requested resources. It is called the Spectroscopy lab. In the lab, the students will be using different detectors to experiment with different types of gases. My students need an infrared camera for spectral analysis. In addition to the spectrometers that I have requested, they will be using diffraction gratings and a more professional type of spectrometer. I need multiples of the spectrometers so that students will be able to share with a partner to avoid just waiting around.

The donations for this project would provide the materials to connect a state standard concept, astronomical tools, to a hands on activity that the students can interact with and see.

This is how science is better understood, through meaningful experimentation that connects to concepts taught in class.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
FLIR TG165 Spot Thermal Camera with Image Storage • Amazon Business $345.95 1 $345.95
Economy Spectroscope • Carolina Biological Supply Company $8.68 15 $130.20

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This project will reach 90 students.

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