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Mr. Fletcher from Portsmouth NH is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sweet, Sweet Maple Syrup

My students need a digital refractometer so that we can accurately measure the sugar content of the maple syrup we produce and microfiber cloths.

  • $267 goal

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My Students

Students at our school have many hurdles to overcome.

Learning disabilities and behavioral challenges are the norm, but more importantly, our students often can't picture a future for themselves where they live outside of public housing and without public assistance.

At our school, we want these students to know that anything is possible. They can be scientists, artists, community leaders, or anyone they want to be. We are a competency-based school where success is measured not by seat-time, but by student accomplishment. Students come here and learn to believe in themselves because they are confronted with their own successes. We are a family. We take care of each other. We struggle together and we celebrate together.

My Project

In our school's new maple sugar shack, our students are engaging in authentic industry techniques to create a quality-controlled maple syrup tasty enough to enter into a statewide competition. By working with authentic maple-syruping equipment, they acquire and practice basic skills like observation, measurement and graphing while learning about a historic and economically important New Hampshire industry.

Producing quality maple syrup is a challenge that will test students' persistence while adding resume-ready skills to their repertoire.

The final sugar content of our maple syrup must fall between 66.0 and 68.0 brix in order to compete in the statewide competition. The digital refractometer analyzes the refraction of light through the maple syrup to determine the sugar content of our product. By using this device, (and maintaining it with the microfiber cloth) students will get authentic quality control and quality assurance experience that translates to a variety of professional fields and trades. Future employers who interview our graduates will appreciate their experience working collaboratively with industry tools to create a product-in-demand.

Since building job skills, and having fun at school are two of our school's primary goals, making maple syrup is a sweet, sweet proposition!

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This project will reach 24 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Digital Refractometer for Brix analysis in foods • Hanna Instruments $180.00 1 $180.00
Microfiber Cloth for Wiping Cuvettes • Hanna Instruments $14.00 1 $14.00

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