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Mr. Tinker
Grades 6-8
  • Alliance Academy at Elmhurst
  • Oakland, CA
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

We Need a Hands-On Alliance

My students need the science lab tools, including a hot plate, graduated cylinders, beakers, 4 tripe beam balances and meter sticks.

Greetings. I am a teacher at a high-need school in California. I passionately believe that (especially for young minds!) science cannot be truly understood through lectures and reading. Science must be engaged and experienced. Please help provide these kids some of the fundamental tools for beginning their journey into laboratory science.

My students need the basics of a science classroom. My classroom is sixth grade Earth Science. I arrived at this school in August to find a classroom with a single triple beam balance and a small collection of glassware. In the first week I wanted to borrow a hot plate for a lab. When I visited our “science closet,” located on our neighboring campus, I found the closet was mostly filled with copy paper, and had only single hot plate, a few old text books, and not much else. The closet serves 8 science classrooms.

Convection and density are ideas central to many of the concepts involved in earth science such as weather patterns and geological change. I believe that a hands on experience at the sixth grade level is critical for engaging and understanding these ideas. I am requesting a hot plate, triple beam balances, beakers, graduated cylinders, and meter sticks. Immediately in my classroom these tools will be used to measure the mass of objects, measure volume through direct measurement and displacement, and use these measurements to calculate density. From there we will go to predicting buoyancy, and convection patterns. I would like to stress that while these tools would be terrifically appreciated in my classroom and go to great use, they are some of the most essential items to any science classroom and would be utilized by an entire community. The teachers at my school do a good job of collaborating to share our limited resources and other teacher are in and out of my classroom daily to borrow supplies.

I have the privilege to teach some wonderful, inquisitive, and determined students who enthusiastically engage laboratory work. In the first month of school they have already calculated the mass, volume and dimensions of a gummy and quantified the changes that occur from soaking it in water for a day. They have chosen a variable of an airplane’s flight and designed experiments evaluating its impact. They want to do so much more, and they can. But before they do the most engaging and enriching experiments we need you to help by putting they tools of a scientist into their hands.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
BEAKER,PYREX(R),1000ML,1000-1L • Carolina Biological Supply Company $8.41 4 $33.64
BEAKER,PYREX(R),150ML,1000-150 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $3.09 8 $24.72
TRIPLE BEAM BAL 610 G 0.1 G • Lab Safety Supply $120.00 4 $480.00
METER STICK,PLAIN ENDS • Carolina Biological Supply Company $3.56 4 $14.24
HOT PLATE - SCHOLAR PC-170 • Sargent Welch $122.21 1 $122.21
CYL GRAD PP 100 ML DYNALON • Lab Safety Supply $7.30 12 $87.60

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