high school classroom needs calculators
October 28, 2011 11:06 AM Subscribe
What's the quickest and cheapest way for a new high school science teacher to get 40 matching scientific calculators? The school is inner-city with a high poverty rate and limited resources. Are there donation programs available for this sort of thing, or are there retailers with discount programs?
posted by beandip to education (15 answers total)
Any advice, Hive Mind? I am not asking for donations. Links to specific deals online would be helpful. Even more helpful would be general advice about how to find resources for educators. We've signed up for Donors Choose but it's kind of overwhelming.
My husband got hired to teach high school chemistry a few weeks ago. He is really excited about having landed a teaching job but is encountering some challenges related to the limited resources of the school and the students. No calculators are available from the school and it is not possible to ask students or their parents to provide them. Resources are already stretched thin. Also he's a new teacher heading into a calculation-intensive unit and there really isn't time to do much in the way of fundraising - they'll need these in the next couple weeks. Having a set of calculators available for use in the classroom would be a tremendous help. Preference would be for solar-powered so battery replacement would not be an issue. Scientific functions would a big benefit, particularly exponent and log functions. And ideally the whole set would match, so teaching the students how to use them would be simpler. I'm open to throwing a couple hundred dollars of our own money at this if need be.
Location is Minneapolis, Minnesota, if that matters.