STEM Supply Drive
BioSTL’s Inclusion Initiative and Science Coach programs are looking for your help to support underrepresented students to succeed in STEM by providing the consumable supplies needed to conduct high-level research of the students choosing. STEM students are still conducting experiments even if their school does not have daily in person attendance.
We believe the innovation process is the best tool to excite, prepare and empower all STEM students to change the world. The Science Coach program engages ALL public, private and homeschool students to choose questions of personal interest, create procedures to test hypotheses, arrive at answers with validity, and build confidence in solving real world problems. This year-long project is an effective way to ignite a student’s intrinsic motivation, awaken creativity and teach critical thinking skills.
The schools’ reduced budgets are already struggling to provide equitable hybrid/virtual learning, so there are basically no consumable supply funds available for students doing individualized STEM project-based learning, of which a normal class requires about $800.00.
During these challenging times, STEM students need champions who will donate funds, surplus supplies, and/or purchase items from our collective Amazon Wish List.
Will you be a champion for STEM students?
Science Coach is a 501(c)3 non-profit and a program of BioSTL. 100% of the donations through this page will be used to provide STEM supplies to area students and are tax deductible, as allowed by law. All undirected funds will be distributed equitably among our participating schools.
Donate Online now or mail a check payable to Science Coach at 4340 Duncan Ave., Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63110. In the memo, write STEM supplies. Please include directions (wherever needed or designate a school, teacher, or student) for your donation, if applicable. All donations will be acknowledged with a tax contribution receipt.
If you are interested in helping a promising student, please watch Mallorie deliver an impassioned presentation regarding the necessary supplies Mallorie needs to continue her research as a 20-21 senior. View her 19-20 research project to address antibiotic resistance of Strep by preventing the initial release of toxins.
If you are interested in sponsoring a 2020-2021 student project based on their topic. Below is just a sample of this year’s high-level research project topics to choose from:
- Attempting to asymmetrically synthesize a drug only found in nature to create a cost-effective way to mass produce a drug known to be capable of treating ailments from cancer to HIV.
- Engineering development of a small scale unmanned Ionocraft aircraft capable of lifting small data-collecting instruments, packages, and/or cameras.
- Effectiveness of washable masks using natural ionic properties of silk fabric.
- Developing a mobile app that predicts migraine onset so patients can pre-medicate to reduce severity.
- Designing a robot to detect a color and change its motion based on that color for use in industrial automation.
- Multiple Sclerosis research of lesions using c. elegans.
- Engineering a unique prosthetic leg, making use more comfortable.
- Using data mining techniques and bioinformatics to potentially correlate a connection between an increased cancer risk and hair dye.
- The effect of Alu elements found in the human genome on aging.
- Novel engineering solution improving gas mileage in tractor-trailer trucks.
- Inventing a produce wash for commercial applications to leafy greens to reduce e-coli contamination.
- Effects of Acetaminophen on Photosynthesis Rates of Algae in the Ozarks
- Creating a natural herbicide for commercial farming applications to reduce runoff into streams and rivers.
- To try to cure or mediate connective tissues issues of people with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, research will be measuring the effects of CBD oil on the formation of collagen protein.
And for a $2000.00 donation, we will attempt to identify a student interested in researching a specific topic of your choosing.
Donate Surplus Supplies
Donate your surplus lab supplies or equipment to Science Coach.
What companies may call obsolete equipment often is closer to state-of-the-art than most schools possess. When you upgrade, even simple things like pipettes, all of the old tips just collect dust in a storage cabinet.
Now is the time to give those supplies and equipment a new life.
For example, Bunge North America had an older incubator and a wrist shaker that now have a new life being loaned out to teachers for a few months of use by their research students. This equipment enabled the students to do research projects whose idea would have otherwise been abandoned due to a lack of equipment.
Thank you for being a Champion for STEM students!
- The wish list will open within your Amazon account.
- Choose item(s) for purchase and “Add to Cart”. You can search by teacher or school name or sort by price. See first highlighted oval below.
- Complete the purchase through Amazon, being sure to change the shipping address to include the teacher’s name and school address as provided in the item’s comment section. See second highlighted oval above.