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Mr. Lawless from Meridian ID is requesting lab equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Was Galileo Right?

Help me give my students a chance to see gravity in action with Galileo's famous experiment.

  • $250 goal

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My Students

My school supports students from a wide variety of socio-economic environments, but the majority of them are from low-income homes. These families do not have much in their lives. Many have little money and very few have role models who have achieved academic or professional success. Without resources and guidance, kids often don't know how to define and achieve their dreams.

Schools offer an opportunity to learn academics PLUS the crucial transferrable life skills that are the tools to build a meaningful future.

Our school is adopting the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) model to prepare students for their future. AVID students learn skills in organization, studying, goal-setting, and overcoming challenges. Our culture nurtures a growth mindset, encourages future planning, and supports a college and career ready learning stance.

The kids in my classes are bright, caring, loving people who are straddling the line between children who follow and independent young adults who lead. Please help me give them the tools to discover their strengths and learn how to apply them to their future.

My Project

These materials will allow us to construct vacuum chambers to test Galileo's claim that all objects are accelerated by gravity at the same rate. Galileo hypothesized that air resistance causes different objects to fall at different rates.

By building these chambers, students can remove the air from a chamber, then drop a feather and a coin simultaneously and see them land at the exact same time!

This type of hands-on activity causes students to challenge their pre-conceived ideas of what happens and leads them running for an answer. By having students perform STEM activities up close and personal, it makes difficult concepts more tangible and real.

Mr. Lawless
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Source One Deluxe Clear Acrylic Tube 3 Inches Thick (48 Inch, 3 Inch Wide) • Amazon Business $39.99 2 $79.98
Charlotte Pipe 3" DWV Cap PVC DWV (Drain, Waste and Vent) Schedule 40 (Single Unit) • Amazon Business $8.37 4 $33.48
Lichamp Masking Tape 10 Pack General Purpose Beige White Color, 0.75 inch x 55 Yards x 10 Rolls (550 Total Yards), for Painting, Home, Office, School Stationery, Arts, Crafts etc. (3004) • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
DERNORD 1/2" Stainless Mini Ball Valve Female x Male NPT Thread with Stainless Steel Handle Pack of 2 • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Horiznext NPT 1/2" thread x 3/8" hose barb - Stainless Steel for Midwest Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies Pack of 4 • Amazon Business $11.73 1 $11.73

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