Let's get this done

Alright folks, all this time I've been pushing you to donate to my Donors Choose page, but this time I'm going to be more specific. There is 43 days left to fund "Looking At The World Through A Different Lens" and only $238 separates kids in DC from having a digital projection microscope. The details of the project are below, direct from the Donors Choose page.

$238. Even five bucks will push us towards our goal! If you've been waiting to donate, now is the time. Let's fully fund this project and give these kids some resources they need. Don't make me borrow Odyssey's shirt again, that thing has been around.

My Students: Can you imagine being in a Biology classroom that cannot offer the students microscopes? Unfortunately this is a challenge that my students are facing. It is very difficult to invest my students and get them to understand content that involves organisms that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

I am a Biology teacher for ninth and tenth grade students in Washington, D.C. The demographics of my school consist mostly of African American students of middle to low SES. As a high school Biology teacher in Washington, D.C., I have been exposed to a lack of resources district-wide. My school in particular, though considered a STEM school, does not even have a classroom set of microscopes in the science department. Being a STEM school, the science component of education is stressed greatly, yet we are unable to supply our students with the necessary resources to be able to best understand science content. I realize the possibility of receiving a classroom set of microscopes is very small at this point, so I am determined to share the wonders of the microscopic world with my students by projecting the images from my microscope onto a projection screen. It is my hope that seeing these things in real life will serve to offer true meaning behind the content.

My Project: This digital projection microscope will be used first as a means to teach students about the various parts of the microscope. This is especially important for students who choose to take higher level science classes in the future. The digital projection microscope will also be used throughout the Cellular Biology unit. This microscope will be especially useful as it includes the necessary computer software to project images from the microscope onto a large screen. I can physically show my students cell organelles, and I can also take real-time recordings to demonstrate the reproduction rate of bacteria! The use of the microscope will allow for classroom discussion, as a visual image of the specific parts or processes of the cell will be available for all students to see. As many students are visual learners, this will greatly enhance their understanding of what happens in the microscopic world.

Digital microscopes have revolutionized the way in which information is presented to students in the classroom. Yogi Tripathi, a leading creator of projectors, wrote, “digital microscopes are transformational. . . they allow a group to share images that inform.” He explains that since the digital age developed, the possibilities are endless when it comes to presenting information. Today, with the help of digital projecting microscopes, students are offered a means of collaboration and cooperation.

My students need a digital projection microscope so I can display images of various cell parts in order to collaboratively understand Cellular Biology.

3 responses so far

  • chall says:

    AWESOME! Love the idea with the microscope. (And as a side note, I can't believe that you can call it a STEM school but not have one lab with microscopes. sorry. it's too sad)

    *off to donate $$*

  • Patchi says:

    Thanks for the heads up, I hadn't seen this one yet.

  • proflikesubstance says:

    Wow, that project got funded much faster than I expected. Thanks to those who donated and if you haven't had a chance yet, go check out the other projects on the page. There are many worth giving to.

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