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Mr. J. from La Mesa CA is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM: A Solar-Powered Classroom

Help me give my students two Goal Zero Solar Powered Power Station System and one ARB Fridge system.

  • $8,268 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are growing in their interest and ability to innovate. Although they may be at different stages of innovative thought, my students share at least two traits. My students are amazing people! They are eager to design and build their own unique experiences, and they are interested in learning and applying new tools.

Our charter school has a mixed population of 64% Title I (unduplicated count) students from predominantly urban settings.

Students of all races and a number of ethnic backgrounds work together in a safe and secure environment. Our school demographics are as follows: 3.8% Asian, 31.2% Afro-American, 30.1% Hispanic 5.9% multiracial, and 29.0% White. Students at our school are motivated and enthusiastic when given the opportunity to show their inventiveness and talents.

My Project

Traditionally my students have always read about solar energy in class and although they might retain some of the information, I want them to experience first-hand learning about the power of the sun and allow them to experience how solar works with real-world examples.

I believe that hands-on science is the best way to teach science.

Students need to question, hypothesis, experiment, test, observe and analyze using real materials in order to comprehend what they are learning. I envision my students using this setup to design experiments based on computing how much power is needed to run a multitude of daily household items then actually attempting to run them as experimentation.

Using this Goal Zero Solar setup and an ARB cooler, my students will explore alternative, renewable energy sources. Using these hands-on materials the students will be more likely to retain the information that they are presented.

Mr. J.
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Power Station with Wi Fi • CDW-G $2,277.23 1 $2,277.23
ARB Element 63Qts Fridge/Freezer 10810602 (ARB Elements Weatherproof 63 Quart Fridge) • Amazon Business $1,372.27 1 $1,372.27
Goal Zero Boulder 200 Solar Panel Briefcase solar charger 200 Watt • CDW-G $776.19 1 $776.19
Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium Portable Power Station power bank NMC • CDW-G $619.17 1 $619.17
ARB 10900022 Fridge Freezer Slider - 63 and 82 Quart • Amazon Business $361.00 1 $361.00
Goal Zero Boulder 50 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel • Amazon Business $149.95 1 $149.95
Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel • Amazon Business $131.94 1 $131.94
Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus (V2) Solar Panel • Amazon Business $99.95 1 $99.95
Goal Zero Yeti Lithium MPPT Solar Charging Optimization Module • Amazon Business $99.95 1 $99.95
Goal Zero Light-A-Life Mini Chainable LED Lights, 4 Pack, with Color Shades • Amazon Business $99.95 1 $99.95
ARB 4x4 Accessories 10900026 Remote Fridge Monitor • Amazon Business $76.00 1 $76.00
Goal Zero power extension cable 15 ft • CDW-G $32.58 2 $65.16
ARB 10900027 ARB Fridge Wiring Kit And … • Amazon Business $40.85 1 $40.85
Goal Zero Light-A-Life 350 LED Light • Amazon Business $38.91 1 $38.91
Goal Zero 4x 8mm Combiner to Anderson Connector Cable • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Goal Zero 8mm Input 30ft Extension Cable • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Upgraded- MC4 Solar to 8mm Adapter Cable 48" Perfet Working for GZ Products (Male//Negative and Female Positive) (Blue) • Amazon Business $24.89 1 $24.89
Goal Zero Anderson to 8mm connector • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Goal Zero Boulder Mounting Brackets • CDW-G $17.77 1 $17.77

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