Thank You PTSA!!!
I have an amazing promethean board (electronic white board system) in my room and the students are really impressed. I have also received funds almost every year for lab equipment needs.
Some parents have given directly to me. I have kept the Robotics club running solely on the generous donations of our parents and student fundraising. Also, as a hands-on class, I am constantly replacing broken equipment and greatly appreciate all the generosity which allows the class to continue to run smoothly.
How Parents can help
- Student guidance - this is just my opinion based on my past decade of teaching a wide variety of students. Student success starts at home.
Class Wish List
Thanks to the generosity of our WHS parents and PTSA our science program keeps getting better
Physics equipment (prices include 18% for tax and shipping) I know these are expensive, but this is my wish list.
- motion detectors ($94.40 each - would like a class set of 14)
- force sensors ($130 each - would like a class set of 14)
- tesla coil ($365.80)
- High-frequency coil (low cost tesla coil) ($271)
- lab track with low friction carts ($199.50 each - would like a class set of 14)
- curved track ($81.40 each - would like a class set of 7)
- Aluminum table clamps ($53 each - would like additional 8) have nearly a class set currently
- photogates (precision timers) ($75.50 each - would like a class set of 28)
- (received through technoloty grant) lap top computers ($750) (2 for physics club and 4 more for class) runs the robots, and runs the above probeware.
- more to come... I am researching prices and vendors for these more expensive items
General classroom supplies
- white board cleaner
- white board markers (especially blue and black)
- clear plastic binder sleeves
- binder clips (small and medium)
- disinfecting wipes (I am trying to keep the colds, flu, etc to a minimum by cleaning the desks regulary)
- paper towels
- Ziploc bags - sandwich and gallon size
- gift cards (home depot, target, staples) (I build many labs for less money than buying expensive kits)
Physics club sponsors the robotics team which competes in several competitions each year. Costs are extremely high and range from $2000 for a bare minimum to $4000 for a properly run team. We are always looking for donations and corporate sponsorship. If you or someone you know can help, please let me know. No donation is too small (or too big for that matter).
- physics - I will be trying to bring in more probeware and newer technology equipment (in process, hopefully by year end)
- robotics - Our robotic team needs between $2 000 and $4 000 per year to be competitive.
- checks can be made to WHS physics club.
There are some companies that will match donated funds if they go through the Warrior Wishes program set up by the PTSA. Please check with your company before donating. I am aware that Amgen and Bank of America both offer this program, but other companies may as well.
I am always looking for a guest speaker who can discuss science/physics careers and opportunities