You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts
To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

Ms. C. from Keaau HI is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

What Does Photosynthesis Look Like?

My students need test tubes with stoppers, bottle brushes to clean them, and dropper glass bottles to mix BTB so they can see the effects of photosynthesis in Elodea as it photosynthesizes.

  • $418 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are our future scientists! They energetically enter the class, smiling, giving out fist bumps, and they are full of curiosity. They are unstoppable at solving problems, and designing innovative solutions.

They are creative, courageous, and enthusiastic problem solvers.

We need to give them the tools they need today, to strengthen their skills for tomorrow. They love conquering challenges. We need these kinds of innovators in our communities. There isn't a day that goes by where they don't demonstrate that they will make a difference in our world!

My Project

Photosynthesis is a concept that is studied, yet not often seen in action. When Elodea, a common water plant is suspended in bromothymol blue (BTB), a pH indicator, in test tubes, an amazing change takes place. When Elodea is placed in the sun, the plants process the CO2 and make oxygen through photosynthesis. This turns the BTB from yellow to blue. Yellow is acidic from the carbon dioxide (CO2), blue is not acid, because the plants remove the CO2. It will then turn back to yellow over night since without light, photosynthesis stops and the CO2 builds back up, making the BTB solution acidic or yellow again.

Students can actually SEE photosynthesis in action!

Students can mix their solutions of BTB plus distilled water and keep it in glass Dropping Bottles for this experiment. They fill the large glass test tubes with their solutions and Elodea sprigs, use stoppers so CO2 does not seep in. Over a 24 hour period the color changes occur showing what photosynthesis looks like in action. After this is all done, just like scientists, they clean up their labs using the test tube brushes.

My students will never forget what photosynthesis looks like, or that you cared enough to give them a hand up when they needed it to reach a brighter future.

Ms. C.
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 125 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Ms. C. is requesting.

See our finances


You can start a project with the same resources being requested here!

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
VWR TEST TUBES 25X200MM PK48. • Ward's Science $79.05 3 $237.15
STOPPER RUBB SIZE 4 SOL 1LB (454G). • Ward's Science $12.41 3 $37.23
BOTTLE BARNES DROPPING GLASS 30ML PK/12 • Frey Scientific $18.98 1 $18.98
BRUSH TEST TUBE NYLON 9'' PK/12 • Frey Scientific $9.08 1 $9.08

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


Sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


1 Donor


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Keaau","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[3251186],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"HI","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":3,"name":"Middle School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":3239174,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":false,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","eligibleToBeCopied":false,"mayHaveReplacements":true,"numStudents":125,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. C.","isEquityFocus":true,"authorIds":{"3251186":{"owner":"Ms. C.","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3239174],"proposalHash":"154010203","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":20677371,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["Mzc3MjExMg=="],"teacherId":3251186,"schoolCounty":"Hawaii","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"HI","name":"Hawaii"}}