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Mrs. Sharma from Santa Fe NM is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Watch Me Weigh and Balance!

My students need to learn how to measure different objects using a variety of balances and diverse measuring tools.

  • $831 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My school has students from Pre-K through 6th grade. Approximately 70% of our students qualify for free and reduced-priced lunch. We also have a high English Language Learner population. Many of our students come from immigrant families and speak a second language at home.

My goal is to help students understand the importance of accurate measurements when collecting data for a science investigation.

My students are a curious group of incoming 5th graders who are excited about science. They are looking forward to science investigations and their curiosity is quite infectious. One of my goals this year is to integrating science and math to create a successful STEM classroom.

My Project

I would like to provide my elementary students an opportunity to get excited about STEM! Measurement is an integral part of any science and math class, and students generally struggle with this skill.

I would like to provide my students with the option to use a variety of measuring tools - triple beam balances, electronic balances, and graduates cylinders to be equipped for middle school math and science.

I plan on providing my students various opportunities to measure the mass, capacity, and length of a variety of objects they see and use around them on a daily basis.

During our 5th grade science investigations, we study solubility, saturation, density, and air pressure. All of these require students to measure the mass of objects and solutions. We have access to a few elementary school balances, but they are not very accurate and this often results in skewed data. I would like my students to learn the importance of accuracy in measurement from as early on as possible. For my students to succeed, I need to provide them with the right tools.

My students will also compare data they get from different types of balances, so they can discuss the reliability and the need for each balance in a given scenario. Graduated cylinders, cups, and measuring tape will be used to understand capacity and relative length. The electronic balance will help students understand that air also has mass.

A successful STEM classroom is one that integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Please help my students be successful 5th graders, so they are ready for Middle School!

Mrs. Sharma
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 22 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Carolina Electronic Balance, 300 g, Readability 0.01 g • Carolina Biological Supply Company $325.80 1 $325.80
Carolina Triple Beam Balance • Carolina Biological Supply Company $83.70 2 $167.40
Meter Tape, Windup, 50 Meters • Carolina Biological Supply Company $53.82 1 $53.82
Graduated Cylinder, Polypropylene, 100 mL • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.17 8 $41.36
Nesting Graduated Beakers Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $17.91 1 $17.91

Materials cost

$606.29

Vendor shipping charges

$60.63

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.09

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$706.01

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$124.59

Total project goal

$830.60

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$830.60

2 Donors

-$415.30

Donations toward project cost

-$353.01

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$62.29

match offer

-$415.29

Match offer toward project cost

-$353.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$62.29

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.01

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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