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Mr. Rothauser from New York NY is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Watershed Study for Ocean Literacy in the City

My students need a Water Ecology Laboratory Kit.

  • $687 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

I teach a 9th grade Marine Science course to urban students in a small progressive city school. The school has a strong design program and attracts students from all over the city. Most of the student body is eligible for free or reduced price lunch (over 75%). My course is aimed at preparing students to be in a regents-level biology course. As such, it is interdisciplinary and skills-based in nature. The context of the course helps students to weave together a mixture of ideas from Earth Science, Chemistry, and Biology. Making real-world connections is often difficult for students and the ocean is a naturally engaging context that enables this kind of thinking.

My students live on an island yet most of them have little relationship with the surrounding water. Understanding watersheds and our relationship with the ocean is essential to becoming an ocean literate steward of the Earth. What's more, my students respond incredibly well to hands-on investigation.

I'm asking for a water test kit that is really five different kits that come packaged together in what looks like a fishing tackle box. This will make it possible for me to take my class to the water's edge and divide them into five or six groups in order to gather data about their marine surroundings. This project will be successful if my students are able to articulate how humans, by runoff, affect their surroundings and how that, in-turn, has a similar negative effect on us.

Because of donors like you my classroom is really beginning to come alive. You have helped me to secure items like fish tanks, and preserved marine specimens. There is no shortage of "oohs" and "ahhs" when students walk in the room. This water quality test kit will further enrich the science lives of one hundred New York public school children. The impact of that is immeasurable.

Mr. Rothauser
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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TEST KIT - WATER ECOLOGY/HACH • Sargent-Welch $485.09 1 $485.09

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