DonorsChoose Challenge Classroom Proposal Focus, Human Evolution

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Start your day off right by helping America’s poor children to get a good basic education in science. This is a project that focuses on human evolution in a high-poverty Massachusetts classroom — they need another $771 to complete their funding request. Won’t you help?

9th Graders Study Evolution: Did We Really Evolve From Apes?
I am the high school biology teacher at my school. Our school is severely lacking materials in the Science Department. We have the basics (books, test tubes, beakers, etc.) but we are in desperate need of more up-to-date, modern equipment and models.
The first unit of our biology course studies the theory of evolution and how man came to be. As of right now, my students cannot comprehend or even believe the possibility that we evolved from primates and early man. I would like to show them by using models of skulls from early man and primates so they can see the similarities and differences between them. I’m hoping by doing this they will understand the theory of evolution better.
To do this I will need actual models of skulls from the different time periods of man (Homo erectus, Australopithecus boisei) as well as models of skulls of some primates (i.e. gorilla, chimpanzee).
Your help will ensure that my students obtain the best science education they could possibly obtain. I want my students to like science, to appreciate science and to understand how much of a role science plays in their everyday lives.
My students need skull visual aids to help them see the similarities and differences between humans, early man, and primates. The cost of this proposal is $1,036, which includes shipping for any materials requested and fulfillment. [PDF].

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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to DonorsChoose Challenge Classroom Proposal Focus, Human Evolution

  1. Bob says:

    As of right now, my students cannot comprehend or even believe the possibility that we evolved from primates and early man….I would like to show them by using models of skulls from early man and primates….To do this I will need actual models of skulls….The cost of this proposal is $1,036….
    Gee, I was able to comprehend and even believe that for free. Do I qualify for a rebate or something?

  2. you qualify for a pat on the back. good job, bob!