November 5, 2009

[PROJECT] 099. Donate at least $50/mo to http://www.donorschoose.org/

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:20 am by Heather

I chose to donate to DonorsChoose.org as part of my project, as it is an online charity where public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests ranging from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class.

This allows me to chose local schools in Chicago and focus on a science project, which is near and dear to my heart.  I think kids in lower income schools don’t generally get a good grounding in science, math and tech, and I’d like to help out in some way.

My current project that I’m donating to is Chemistry Comes to Life Through Images!! where a teacher has requested an LCD projector for a chemistry class.  In the teacher’s words:

One of the biggest challenges facing a chemistry classroom is making abstract content accessible. Without an LCD projector to show videos, students cannot visualize how concepts work in “the real world”. Therefore, it is imperative that students SEE examples and work visually with content to make it come to life. Students need the concepts in this class to help them prepare for the ACT, college, and the marketplace.

This project is also one of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation projects, which means they will match donations once the halfway goal is reached for the project ($342).  So, even if it’s just me, they’ll get there in 7 mo.

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