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Mr. Chidgey from Ajo AZ is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Starry Nights for Students!

Help me give my students the opportunity to learn to use a telescope in an environment that is perfect for learning how to view the night sky.

  • $681 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Students here are very bright and intellectually curious but have limited access to opportunities and resources. I am new to this school but have already recognized that many of the students are interested in getting to know me and to share my experiences of the outside world.

Ajo, Arizona is a rural desert community about 100 miles south of Phoenix, Arizona.

The students here are well behaved and generally well informed. As a Social Studies teacher I can attest to their interest in furthering their academics by attending college of vocational schools after graduating. The project I would like to do will further the likelihood of acceptance into a four-year university.

My Project

The use of a telescope will help students with direct observation of the night sky, making scientific observation real! Our community is in rural Arizona, where astronomy is an excellent way to introduce students to science and to improve their odds of acceptance to a four-year university.

The requested materials include a starter telescope and the corresponding attachments that will make it functional.

This particular telescope is ideal because of its low cost and functionality. We are in the process of forming a new Astronomy Club and a telescope is required for star viewing. Unfortunately, the students in this school have no useful telescope at this time.

Mr. Chidgey
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Celestron NexStar 90SLT Mak Computerized Telescope (Black) • Amazon Business $349.00 1 $349.00
Celestron NexYZ 3-Axis Universal Smartphone Adapter • Amazon Business $52.98 1 $52.98
Celestron NexYZ 3-Axis Universal Smartphone Adapter • Amazon Business $52.98 1 $52.98
Celestron 18778 AC Adapter (Black) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Celestron 18778 AC Adapter (Black) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99

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