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Ms. Purdy from Gallup NM is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Support My STEAM Class

My students need science equipment to be able to conduct physics and chemistry experiment, including thermometers to measure endo/exothermic reactions and glassware that can handle heat, in their STEAM class (8th grade).

  • $505 goal

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My Students

All of the students we serve at Six Directions Indigenous School are from low-income, rural households in Northwestern New Mexico. As an Indigenous leadership school, we primarily focus on the cultural relevance of our classes toward Navajo and Zuni students.

My STEAM class is exploring chemical and physical reactions, but we are low on science equipment and measurement tools needed to conduct in-class experiments.

Currently, we are using one digital thermometer and one beaker amongst 25 students in each class, which makes group work and repetition of trials a challenge because of the limit on our supplies. While we are a small public school, our funding is limited due to having less than 100 students, so your help will have an even larger impact than it might have in larger rural, low-income schools.

My students are excited and engaged to learn STEAM, but we cannot give them the full benefit of hands-on, inquiry-based learning without the necessary equipment to measure and repeat experiments in class. Please consider making a big impact on my classroom with your donation to our STEAM supply request!

My Project

Students will use the glassware and digital thermometers to measure endothermic and exothermic reactions as part of their study of chemical reactions and equations. The tape measures are needed for our unit on physics, in which students will conduct Project Based Learning (NGSS aligned) to explore Newtonian physics, rate, velocity, and acceleration. We will use stopwatches on our computers and phones, but do not have parallel digital tools to measure distance traveled.

Last year, we were able to borrow more digital thermometer guns from a neighboring school (which has since gotten rid of these supplies) to conduct an energy efficiency investigation of home construction and design.

Students were able to build miniature scale models of hooghans and adobe houses, then measure their R-factor using the thermometer guns and stopwatches to calculate the rate of heat loss or gain in different temperatures. At the project's conclusion, our students had a firmer grasp of the scientific method, energy concepts, and mathematical calculations needed to find the rate and unit rate of heat loss in their scale homes.

Ms. Purdy
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun -58℉~ 716℉ (-50℃ ~ 380℃), Yellow and Black • Amazon Business $17.88 10 $178.80
Glass Measuring Low Form Beaker Set 50ml 100ml 250ml Glass Graduated Beaker Set • Amazon Business $8.89 10 $88.90
SEOH Graduated Cylinder All Glass 10ml • Amazon Business $5.89 12 $70.68
Tape Measure 25Ft, Tacklife Measuring Tape Rule Retractable Heavy-duty - with Metal Case, Rubber Cover, Wrist Strap, Metric / Inches for Construction, Home, Carpentry | TM-D01 • Amazon Business $10.97 5 $54.85

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