Monday’s post highlighting a few of the DonorsChoose projects brought in a few more donations, so check out another round of teacher-initiated projects, and throw in a few dollars if you’re able (or more than a few–I still have almost $1700 to go to reach my goal, or even another $900 to reach the total I raised last year).
Needs: $324 (33% funded)
Asking for: Gel electrophoresis equipment (district is 94% low income, large immigrant population)
Students would have an opportunity to extract, observe and compare their own DNA with classmates in the process of learning about our common genetic heritage.
By obtaining a reasonably priced gel electrophoresis apparatus suitable for classroom use, students will come to a personal understanding of DNA by working with their own cells. This apparatus is a durable piece of equipment which would serve students for years to come. Your support can make cutting edge science accessible to a disadvantaged population of students struggling to learn new content, a new language and a new way of life in the United States.
Needs: $446 (18% funded)
Asking for: DNA extraction kit and electrophoresis supplies, blood/saliva typing kit (district is 86% low income)
This project will allow students to experience Gel Electrophoresis first-hand and help them to better understand how DNA can be used in solving criminal cases, and paternity cases. Students will also be able to see that all living organisms have DNA, even the fruit they eat.
After judging science fairs for several years, I’ve seen first-hand how simple techniques like the ones described in the above projects can really bring home an understanding of molecular biology to the students. Collectively these projects, if funded, would impact 270 students in the first year, and many more in years to come. Again, please consider donating a few bucks to help out these kids–it’s appreciated by all of them, and by anyone who wants to have a more science-literate population.