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Mr. Swaaley
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 5 donors
  • $0 still needed

Sparking Interest In STEM (Electricity Labs And Projects)

My students need wires and connectors to run electricity laboratories.

My Students

Do you remember what it was like the first time you built something? Most of my students have no experience with engineering concepts, have never built something with their hands, and have enormous doubts about their technical skills.

My students are a part of an innovative charter school system in California that employs project based learning strategies.

Acceptance to our school is a lottery system by zip code, therefore our school population almost perfectly reflects the county's demographic. As a result, we have a significant population of students with families well under the poverty level. With that said, though, my students are some of the most vibrant kids I have ever met. Even as high school freshman, they are part of an extremely tight-knit community and support each other in everything they do.

My Project

My classroom recently received a donation of electrical testing equipment from a local organization but we don't have the connectors and tools we need to operate and use them! By funding this project, you will allow my students to access this new equipment so they can practice and demonstrate what they just learned about electricity. This understanding will serve as the basis of an upcoming project where students will be designing and building radio controlled boats. My students need wires and connectors to run electricity laboratories.

These students will graduate college in a world where STEM knowledge and expertise may be requisite to employment.

Funding this project gives them practical hands-on experience with STEM topics and helps to get them excited about real world science!

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Where Your Donation Goes

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Banana Plug to Banana Plug Test Lead Set, Length 24 In, 36 In 48 In, Red, Black, PVC Insulation Type, Max Amps 15, Max Voltage 30 V RMS or 60 VDC, Wire Gauge 18, Plug and Connector Description Stackable 4mm Banana Plugs, Includes (1) Set (Red and Bl • Grainger $52.74 2 $105.48
Patch Cord, BNC Male To BNC Male, Length 40 In, Color Black, Material of Construction Gold Plated Brass Contact, Ratings 500V@3A Max, CAT I 500V, Temp Range -40 To 85 F, Impedance 50 Ohms • Grainger $18.87 2 $37.74
BNC to Male Double Stacking Banana Plug, Adapter Type BNC (M) to Double Banana Plug, Voltage Rating Hands Free Up To 500 Vrms, Length 2.2 In., Color Black, Up to 50C (122F) Operating Temp, Body Material ABS, Contact Material Brass, Contact Finish Nic • Grainger $28.85 1 $28.85
Mini Hook Test Leads, Length 36 In., Color Red/Black, Wire Insulation PVCMax. Amps 15, Max. Voltage 30VAC/60VDC, Wire Gauge 20, Plug and Connector Description Stackable 4mm Banana Plugs to Mini HooksIncludes (1) Red and (1) Black Lead, Manufacturers • Grainger $27.32 3 $81.96
BNC Adapter, Male to Double Binding Post, Voltage Rating CAT I 500 V, Body Material ABS, Contact Material Nickel Plated Copper, Operating Temp. 50 Degrees C Max • Grainger $27.28 2 $54.56
Test Lead Holder, 10 Slots for Test Leads • Grainger $27.27 1 $27.27
BNC Adapter, Female to Male to Female, 'T' Inline, Voltage Rating CAT I 500 V, Body Material Nickel Plated Brass, Contact Material Nickel Plated Brass, Operating Temp. -65 Degrees to 165 Degrees C • Grainger $15.68 2 $31.36
Patchcord Set, Test Clip To Test Clip, Length 24 Inches, Rating 300 Vrms, 5 Amps Maximum, 1 Black Lead and 1 Red Lead • Grainger $12.21 4 $48.84
Jumper Lead Kit, Shielded Alligator Clips on Both Ends, Length 18 In, Color White, Red, Black, Yellow and Green, Ratings 300V, Wire Gauge 22 AWG, Includes (2) Cords of Each Color • Grainger $9.41 4 $37.64

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This project will reach 58 students.

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