Please help kids in need learn about math and science

By Phil Plait | October 10, 2011 10:36 am

Exposing people to science, to the wonders of the natural world, is a major theme here on the BA blog. There are so many amazing and interesting things going on in the Universe that sometimes all you really need to do is show them to people, and they’re hooked.

Sometimes, though, they need a little help.

A lot of kids in the US are in desperate need of school supplies to help them learn about math and science. That’s why, once again, I am starting up my Donors Choose page. This is a fantastic group that allows teachers to let people know what things they need and how much it will cost, and then people can donate as much or as little as they want, to the classrooms they want to.

Last year, Bad Astronomy Bloggees — that’s you guys! — donated over $2600 to worthy classrooms. I’d love to be able to raise that much or more this year, too. This is part of a challenge to see which science blogs raise the most money. So if you can, get a smaller cup of coffee, forgo one t-shirt with a snarky message on it, cook one fewer cupcakes, and take that money you saved and send it to some kids who want to learn about the Universe.

I set donation page up to list Math and Science classes with no region specified; they can be from east to west, north to south. But what they all need is a little support.

Here’s my Bad Astronomy Science-a-thon 2011 page.

If you can help, take a look and see which one of the projects clicks with you. This year, the challenge runs from right now through October 22.

I bet a lot of folks reading this right now have a fond memory of a special project, something they did in school that stuck with them into adulthood. I can name ten, personally. So let’s help others have those great memories, too.


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Comments (7)

  1. Chris

    I teach general chemistry and trust me, these kids need all the help they can get.

  2. Geek Girl

    I love that you guys do this in October, around my birthday. Every year I feel like I’m giving a “birthday gift” to science students. :-) And good job, Phil, getting your Donors Choose competition up before Cosmic Variance.

  3. Cindy

    My son went to a 4 year old birthday party last year and in lieu of presents the parents had set up some Donor Choice projects.

    Phil, you were a little late, you should have done it on your birthday.

  4. Vlad

    Kids, unlike some adults are still very curious about the natural world and are eager to learn more. Let’s add few more to the list of those who have access to the knowledge.

  5. Good cause. Thanks for doing this.

  6. Laurie

    How about someone developing some sensors, with matching apps to fit smartphones? There is a great opportunity to boost learning and probably make a few dollars along the way. More and more kids have them, it would be great to be able to plug in a simple pH or temperature probe that downloaded to a data logging app in the phone. My students love the technology. If you give them something to do involving their phones or ipods the motivation level jumps immediately.


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