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Ms. McDaniel from China Grove NC is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM Career Class Grade 8

My students need disease slides to evaluate the effects on national and international biological warfare. The incubator and animal slides will make science come alive.

  • $813 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My classroom is full of 8th graders willing to learn if we just had items in our classroom that pertains to their life. Our day consist of hands on activities with blocks ropes and anything out of the gym, however, they are ready for a real life problem based challenge with laboratory emphasis.

My 8th graders are technical geniuses.

You can put anything dealing with technology programming in front of them and they will master the task. However, the skills with laboratory practice seem to be lacking because of our lack of equipment pertaining to real life situations which interest them more than a PowerPoint and activity sheet. Each student is full of energy, yet struggles with their own identity. Unfortunately, most students are lacking a sense of direction and excitement due to home challenges. Our town is over populated with drop outs, drug issues and lack of work opportunities. We live in an area with very few science resources and a lack of money to take them anywhere. They are wanting a purpose and goal for their life, and I believe giving them a hands on experience in science will show them how exciting and fulfilling a STEM career can be. My students have thought of a career, have done the paperwork and now wanting to dig deeper into science.

My Project

My desire is to make a classroom of different stations, ranging from defining vocabulary through art to crime scene investigations and mastering the math challenge through hands on activities rather than worksheets. My classroom will have less emphasis on desks and sitting by a lab table and more collaboration at a conference table, lab work spaces and problem solving through a series of steps, just as STEM employees rarely sit at desks and complete just a problem with paperwork they need to experience the same. These students will take on the role of a biotechnician, learning the characteristics of viruses, bacteria and parasites relating to the spread, treatment and prevention of disease. They will discover how Geologist use techniques to identify different rock forms. They will experience life forms at all stages through animal science. Students use the clean water systems to talk about the demolishing of our Earth and how to prevent the depleting of our natural resources

Turning my classroom into a STEM career system will help in various ways.

Our community is over run with poverty, drug use and depression. The students have not discovered that there are so many opportunities in this field. They only know school as being full of meaningless memorization. My goal is to use this project to stimulate growth in this field, to bring science to life and for the students to discover a better life through the STEM career path.

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Ms. McDaniel
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 210 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
PTC Extraction and Amplification Kit with 0.2-mL Tubes (with Perishables) • Carolina Biological Supply Company $193.50 1 $193.50
Elisa Simulation Kit (with Perishables) • Carolina Biological Supply Company $101.47 1 $101.47
Circulated Air Incubator • Amazon Business $85.95 1 $85.95
His Hair, Her Hair, Whose Hair? Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $57.82 1 $57.82
Elisa Simulation Refill Kit (with Perishables) • Carolina Biological Supply Company $49.45 1 $49.45
Back to the Roots Water Garden • Amazon Business $46.50 1 $46.50
Belkin 6-Outlet Surge Protector with 2 ft. Cord (2-Pack) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Chick 72 hr, w.m. Microscope Slide • Carolina Biological Supply Company $15.25 1 $15.25

Materials cost

$565.93

Vendor shipping charges

$41.75

State sales tax

$44.14

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.49

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$690.31

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$121.82

Total project goal

$812.13

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$812.13

1 Donor

-$812.13

Donations toward project cost

-$690.31

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$121.82

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$0.00

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