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Mrs. Bertram from Killeen TX is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEAM in Biology: Student Solutions for Our Community's Food Desert

Help me give my students the materials needed for STEAM hydroponics projects - air pumps with air-stones, pH meters, seeds, growing medium choices, and grow lights

  • $684 goal

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My Students

My students are thoughtful, respectful, driven, and full of ideas! They love hands-on learning and modeling activities. They are full of questions. They are a diverse group of students who are ready to make a difference in the world.

We are located in Central Texas and serve students living on and around Fort Hood.

Many of my students have family ties to active duty and experience the trials of deploying parents or siblings. I hope to bring real-world science into my classroom and excite my students with an in-class, hands on project directly related to needs of our local community.

My Project

Help support my 9th graders in experiencing a true STEAM project fully based around our community's food desert. This year we lost our last true grocery store in my school's immediate community. Students with families without a car now live in a food desert.

Arm our students with the materials they need to build their own solutions to urban food deserts.

Students will research, design, build, and take data to determine if their solution could work on a large scale to feed their community. Using the materials from this Donors Choose, students will get to physically build and maintain a hydroponics system to grow food indoors. Students will analyze their data to determine whether or not their design could be used at a city-scale to feed our local community with nutritious, locally grown food. Students will present their design and project to adult members of our community.

Mrs. Bertram
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Uniclife Aquarium Air Pump 4 Watt 4-LPM 2 Outlets with Accessories, Adjustable Oxygen Pump for 20-100 Gallon Fish Tank • Amazon Business $15.98 10 $159.80
iPower 36W 4 Feet LED Grow Light Stand Rack for Seed Starting Plant Growing, the Only Isolated Driver Design for Safety Assurance • Amazon Business $45.99 3 $137.97
Digital pH Meter, Water PH Test Meter with 0.00-14.00ph Measure Range/PH Meter with ATC,Water Quality Tester for Household Drinking Water, Swimming Pools, Aquariums,Hydroponics • Amazon Business $12.99 4 $51.96
Hydrofarm Growt GMC40l Clay Pebbles, 4mm-16mm, 40 Liter Bag • Amazon Business $37.70 1 $37.70
200 Count- Jiffy 7 Peat Soil 42mm Pellets Seeds Starting Plugs: Indoor Seed Starter- Start Planting Indoors for Transplanting to Garden or Planter Pot • Amazon Business $28.86 1 $28.86
Espoma PR8 8-Quart Organic Perlite • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Schultz SPF70690 5# All Purpose Water Soluble Plant Food 20-20-20 • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Verdana Coconut Fiber Potting Mix - 10 Lb Compressed Block Brick - Coco Coir, Coco Peat, Coir Pith - Alternative to Peat Moss – Soilless Growing Medium - Low EC, Optimum pH, High Expansion • Amazon Business $16.90 1 $16.90
40-Pack - 2 Inch 3 Inch Net Cups, Garden Slotted Mesh Heavy Duty Net Pots Wide Lip Design for Hydroponics • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Spectrastone Shallow Creek Regular for Freshwater Aquariums, 5-Pound Bag • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
RDR Seeds 150 Sweet Basil Seeds- Genovese Basil, Genovese Ocimum Basilicum, Pesto Basil • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Miracle-Gro 1001233 Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food-5 lb, Green • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Penn Plax Airline Tubing for Aquariums –Clear and Flexible Resists Kinking, 25 Feet Standard • Amazon Business $3.24 3 $9.72
Organic Roma Tomato Seeds, 300+ Premium Heirloom Seeds!, 1 Selling Tomato Hot Pick & ON SALE!, (Isla's Garden Seeds), Non Gmo Organic, 85% Germination, Highest Quality Seeds, 100% Pure • Amazon Business $4.49 2 $8.98

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