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Mr. Thompson from Nacogdoches TX is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Starting the NHS Rock and Mineral Collection

Help me give my students a broad collection of rocks and minerals to help their study of the Earth and the materials that make it up in a hands-on manner, including rarer, hard materials like topaz and corundum.

  • 23 donors
  • $1,472 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I work with an amazing group of upperclassmen students at Nacogdoches High School. They come from many backgrounds, and so many of them show an interest in Earth Science, but haven't had the greatest opportunity to explore this subject in depth.

My Project

The goal of these supplies are to allow Nacogdoches High School's newly created Earth and Space Science class have a strong collection of samples to give my students a chance to have a lot of hands-on access to a wide range of real rock and mineral samples.

This is the first year this class is being offered, and due to the Coronavirus pandemic, I only have a limited number of samples I was able to borrow from some of my colleagues at a nearby university.

This makes it challenging to give all of my students a chance to get hands-on experience in learning to identify common rocks and minerals. This topic loses significant value without the ability for students to really dig in and handle samples. Pictures of samples with descriptions pales in comparison to actually handling the materials being discussed. Quartzite and Marble (both metamorphic rocks) might look very similar in pictures, but if you handle them and look at them up close, the differences start to become clear!

This collection will set up this course with enough materials to last for years and years to come. We should have minimal further purchases to replace samples that get broken down by repeated handling or slowly get lost over time, or even to just expand variety of samples.

Mr. Thompson
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
CORUNDUM KG XLS AND XL SECTIONS • Ward's Science $78.20 1 $78.20
TOPAZ-CRYSTALS 3 8 -1 2 PKG 10 UTAH • Ward's Science $39.06 1 $39.06
ALMANDINE GARNET DISPLAY SIZE • Ward's Science $36.55 1 $36.55
GALENA KILOGRAM CLEAVABLE • Ward's Science $34.81 1 $34.81
PYRITE KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $33.11 1 $33.11
CHALCOPYRITE KG GOOD GRADE XLINE • Ward's Science $31.41 1 $31.41
SPHALERITE-CRYSTALLINE KG BROWN TO BLK • Ward's Science $26.31 1 $26.31
QUARTZ-ROCK CRYSTAL SS PK 10 CLEAR XLS • Ward's Science $25.46 1 $25.46
MUSCOVITE-CLEAVAGE KG MICA SHEETS • Ward's Science $24.44 1 $24.44
DIOPSIDE-PYROXENE KG CRYSTALLINE • Ward's Science $23.38 1 $23.38
BIOTITE KG BLACK MICA CLEAVAGES • Ward's Science $22.91 1 $22.91
DIORITE HAND SPEC. SALT PEPPER • Ward's Science $22.31 1 $22.31
HORNBLENDE KG CLEAVAGES ONT • Ward's Science $20.36 1 $20.36
HALITE-COARSE-GRANULAR KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $20.36 1 $20.36
WARDS ESSENTIALS APATITE PACK 24 • Ward's Science $19.13 1 $19.13
WARDS ESSENTIALS FLUORITE PK 24 • Ward's Science $19.13 1 $19.13
WARDS ESSENTIALS GYPSUM PK 24 • Ward's Science $19.13 1 $19.13
WARDS ESSENTIALS SYENITE PK 24 • Ward's Science $19.13 1 $19.13
OLIGOCLASE KG K-FELDSPAR CLEAVAGES • Ward's Science $18.66 1 $18.66
METACONGLOMERATE HAND SPECIMEN • Ward's Science $16.96 1 $16.96
GABBRO KG MEDIUM-COARSE MN • Ward's Science $16.96 1 $16.96
QUARTZITE-GREEN KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $16.96 1 $16.96
WARDS ESSENTIALS BRECCIA PK 8 • Ward's Science $8.46 2 $16.92
WARDS ESSENTIALS HALITE PK 8 • Ward's Science $8.46 2 $16.92
ANDESITE-PORPHYRY KG GRAY MT • Ward's Science $16.58 1 $16.58
TUFF-RHYOLITIC KILOGRAM GRAY • Ward's Science $16.11 1 $16.11
CONGLOMERATE-KAME KG GLACIAL PEBBLES • Ward's Science $16.11 1 $16.11
PUMICE-LT. GRAY KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $16.11 1 $16.11
RHYOLITE-GRAY KG W FLOW STRUCTURE CO • Ward's Science $16.11 1 $16.11
BASALT-VESICULAR KILOGRAM BLACK • Ward's Science $16.11 1 $16.11
DOLOMITE-COARSE KG WHITE XLINE NJ • Ward's Science $15.51 1 $15.51
MAGNETITE KILOGRAM CRYSTALLINE • Ward's Science $15.51 1 $15.51
TALC-FOLIATED HAND SPECIMEN WHITE • Ward's Science $15.09 1 $15.09
LIMESTONE-CHALK LS FOSSIL. GRAY MS • Ward's Science $14.92 1 $14.92
LIMESTONE-OOLITIC KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $14.88 1 $14.88
MICROCLINE-PINK KILOGRAM PINK CLEAVAGES • Ward's Science $14.66 1 $14.66
LIMESTONE-TRAVERTINE KG CALC TUFA NY • Ward's Science $14.66 1 $14.66
PHYLLITE KG GREENISH-GRAY VT • Ward's Science $14.66 1 $14.66
MARBLE-PINK KILOGRAM COARSE CRYSTALLINE • Ward's Science $14.66 1 $14.66
OLIVINE-FINE KG GREEN CRYSTALLINE NC • Ward's Science $14.41 1 $14.41
GRANITE-PINK KG MEDIUM RI • Ward's Science $14.41 1 $14.41
QUARTZ-ROSE KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $14.41 1 $14.41
GNEISS-PINK BANDED KG NY • Ward's Science $14.41 1 $14.41
QUARTZ-CHERT KILOGRAM GRAY MASSIVE • Ward's Science $14.41 1 $14.41
LIMESTONE-SHELL KG AUSTIN MARBLE TX • Ward's Science $14.03 1 $14.03
LIMESTONE-COQUINA KILOGRAM BUFF • Ward's Science $14.03 1 $14.03
GYPSUM-SELENITE KG TRANSPARENT • Ward's Science $14.03 1 $14.03
SILTSTONE KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $14.03 1 $14.03
RHYOLITE-PINK KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $13.56 1 $13.56
HEMATITE KILOGRAM RED OCHRE • Ward's Science $13.56 1 $13.56
SCHIST-GARNETIFEROUS KG SMALL XLS SD • Ward's Science $13.56 1 $13.56
OBSIDIAN-BLACK KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $13.18 1 $13.18
QUARTZ-MILKY LS WHITE MASSIVE • Ward's Science $13.18 1 $13.18
COAL-ANTHRACITE KILOGRAM BLACK • Ward's Science $13.18 1 $13.18
GRANITE-GRAY KG MED-FINE VT • Ward's Science $12.96 1 $12.96
SCHIST-MICA KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $12.71 1 $12.71
SLATE-DK GRAY KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $12.71 1 $12.71
QUARTZITE-PINK KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $12.71 1 $12.71
SCORIA KG BROWN TO DARK GRAY OR • Ward's Science $12.71 1 $12.71
MARBLE-COARSE WHITE KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $12.54 1 $12.54
SHALE-ARGILLACEOUS KILOGRAM GRAY • Ward's Science $12.33 1 $12.33
BASALT- GRAYISH BLACK KILOGRAM DENSE • Ward's Science $12.33 1 $12.33
SANDSTONE RED KILOGRAM • Ward's Science $11.86 1 $11.86
CALCITE KILOGRAM CLEAVAGES RHOMBIC • Ward's Science $11.86 1 $11.86
SANDSTONE-SILICEOUS KG GRAY BEREA OH • Ward's Science $11.26 1 $11.26
WARDS ESSENTIALS RED SLATE PK 8 • Ward's Science $8.46 1 $8.46

Materials cost

$1,203.08

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$18.05

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,251.13

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$220.79

Total project goal

$1,471.92

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,471.92

22 Donors

-$1,471.92

Donations toward project cost

-$1,272.38

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$199.54

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$7.06

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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