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  • $552 goal

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Mrs. Segars
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 7 donors
  • $0 still needed

Sheep's A Brainiac!

My students need 40 sheep brains for dissection in our AP Psychology class and three boxes of disposable gloves.

My Students

Understanding the complicated structures of the brain is imperative and foundational for the study of AP Psychology. What better way to learn about this incredible organ than through a hands-on dissection experience?!

I teach at a large, suburban public high school where more than 80% of my students live below the poverty line.

Many will be the first in their families to graduate high school and continue on to college. In our AP classes, we strive to provide equal access for all our students. As a result, my classroom is incredibly diverse. I work to bridge the gap between first time AP students, English Language Learners, special education students, high achievers, and gifted students. Despite many challenges, they are a persevering group. They are spirited, curious, and compassionate. I believe all students can achieve at high levels, and this hands-on learning experience will help a very difficult and complex topic come alive for all of them.

My Project

My students will dissect a sheep brain in small, guided groups, and our science department will lend us all the necessary dissection equipment. In the past, I've struggled to create an effective brain project that has significant impact on student learning (see my picture of posters created during last year's study of the brain). Two dimensional posters, PowerPoints, and visuals just aren't enough. Even the brain models I've purchased don't represent what the brain really looks like, have all the parts, nor do I have enough models to be meaningful to every student in my packed classroom. These sheep brains will allow every student to interact with a real organ up close. As we dissect, students will see and discuss what each part is, where things are, how they connect and interact, what purpose each part serves, and how parts send signals to the body as it relates to psychology.

I am passionate about providing the best learning experience possible for my students, and I am so grateful for anyone who might consider funding this endeavor.

I believe my students will not just benefit academically but also socially. As they experience the spirit of generosity that makes this incredible project possible, it is my hope that they will someday return the favor by assisting others in need.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sheep Brain, Dura Mater Removed, Plain, Pail • Carolina Biological Supply Company $8.55 40 $342.00
Nitrile Disposable Gloves, Medium, Box of 100 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $17.05 1 $17.05
Nitrile Disposable Gloves, Large, Box of 100 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $17.05 1 $17.05
Nitrile Disposable Gloves, Small, Box of 100 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $17.05 1 $17.05

Materials cost

$393.15

Vendor shipping charges

$39.32

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.90

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$468.37

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$82.65

Total project goal

$551.02

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$551.02

5 Donors

-$233.00

Donations toward project cost

-$202.85

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$30.15

Matching donations from our partners

-$312.38

Match offers toward project cost

-$265.52

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$46.86

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$5.65

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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7 donors7 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 100 students.

Project Activity

This classroom project was brought to life by Kia Motors America and 6 other donors.

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