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Mx. K. from Oklahoma City OK is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Slicing Safely: New Dissection Materials Needed!

Help me give my students dissection equipment (including new scalpels and dissection pans) that is safe and age appropriate!

  • $422 goal

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My Students

My biology students have been working hard this year to develop and reinforce their basic scientific skills including conducting experiments with pill bugs and using microscopes to see cells. As the year has progressed, my students have grappled with the molecular structure of DNA, charted hereditary traits, and will soon be examining the ecological world around them (including dissecting frogs!) next semester.

My students attend a Title I school on the South side of Oklahoma City where 100% of students receives free breakfast and lunch.

Our school has a student population that is 76% Hispanic, 12% White, 8% Black, and 4% Native American. Although the majority of students face numerous barriers during their educational career, including language barriers and the effects of intergenerational poverty, they come to school and try their best.

For all my students with an interest in science, having the materials to conduct labs and show their learning will be critical to their development as future doctors, nurses, and researchers. For those who wish to follow other career paths, the foundations of scientific thinking (logical, purposeful, and data-driven) will support them no matter which endeavor they pursue.

My Project

My students need new dissection equipment in order to be safe and effective during labs. Dull scalpels and crusty materials (like the ones we have now) are a health and safety hazard.

The most memorable part of biology for students is always the dissection.

By acquiring new scalpels and trays, my students will be able to safely dissect frogs (and potentially other organisms!) without worrying about the potential safety hazard of trying to "saw" with dull scalpels. Students who want to take their dissections a step further and examine areas of the frog that need to be cut more precisely will now be able to see those anatomical parts.

Students who wish to pursue biology beyond high school will be much better prepared for college if they have already experienced dissections in high school. Often, college professors expect students to walk in the door with basic dissection safety and knowledge, and they do not want to "waste" the time to catch up those students who have not had a chance to develop those skills. For students from disadvantaged backgrounds, like the students I teach, having the opportunity to dissect a specimen in a high school classroom is critical.

Mx. K.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Carolina BioKits: Cladograms and Evolution • Carolina Biological Supply Company $67.50 1 $67.50
Standard Aluminum Pan with Pad, 7 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 1 1/2 in • Carolina Biological Supply Company $10.75 6 $64.50
Stretch Polyethylene Gloves, Large, Case of 1,000 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $59.76 1 $59.76
Stretch Polyethylene Gloves, Medium, Case of 1,000 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $59.76 1 $59.76
SCALPEL STUDENT GRADE 1.5IN BLADE • Frey Scientific $1.88 12 $22.56

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