Last call: Donors Choose

By Phil Plait | October 21, 2011 9:43 am

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been participating in a science blogger challenge with Donors Choose, to raise as much money as we can to go to classrooms that need science equipment.

The challenge ends Saturday at midnight Eastern US time. I just got a note from the folks at Donors Choose saying that from now until then, every dollar donated will be matched by their Board of Directors! This is a great chance to double the amount of money given to children who need to learn science in school. Once all the donations are in, the folks at Donors Choose will take the total amount and divide it by the number of people who donated. You will then receive a gift code via email that will allow you to give that amount to the classroom of your choice. So if the total is $15,000, and 150 people donated, then everyone gets a $100 gift code to donate, no matter how much you personally gave.

If you want more info you can read my original post about the challenge, or just go to the Donors Choose page I’ve set up.

The sidebar of my blog (over on the right) has a widget that says how much we’ve raised here at Bad Astronomy so far (nearly $4000 as I write this, much more than last year [UPDATE (18:30 Mountain time) Holy mackerel! Since I posted this, we’re over $5k! Thanks everyone!]). To everyone who has donated and to everyone who will: my very large thanks. And I’m an astronomer, so "very large" to me is vast indeed. And for the kids who get to benefit from it, it’s even bigger.

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Comments (8)

  1. Stephen

    Does this bonus include those of us who gave on the very first day?

  2. CraterJoe

    Unrelated topic: Did anyone else forget it’s the end of the world (again) today? The faithful will be carried up into the heavens with really nice tall aliens carrying books titled “To Serve Man”

  3. VinceRN

    Curious. I already saw something that seemed to say what classroom gets my donation. Wouldn’t want to take it from them now.

  4. Done and done!

    You had written on your first blog post about Donors Choose to share a story about science education, so here is mine:

    In addition to receiving the creationism and evolution lessons side-by-side, my favorite science class memory is this completely wackadoodle “experiment” we did in high school.

    As follows:

    Class goes down to the banks of the Mississippi River. (The banks were, like, 200 yards away.)

    Class splits into pairs, each pair digs up one yogurt container’s worth of dry dirt.

    Pairs count the “organisms” we find in our yogurt container of dirt. (Organism was loosely defined as anything that was alive and wiggling and visible to the naked eye, and most of us found nothing.)

    Pairs take yogurt containers of dry dirt and transplant them a few feet closer to the river, dumping them on top of good old Mississippi mud.

    Then we each mark our spot with a colored pencil stuck into our own little pile.

    A week later we came back and all the colored pencils were gone, but we bravely proceeded, eyeball-estimating our former spots and digging up a yogurt container of mud.

    Then, once again, we tried to count organisms. Most of us found nothing.

    Then we graphed!

    (I donated to science education so that kids can get a better science education than I did.)

  5. Special thanks to everyone who has donated! You are truly making a difference :)

  6. Mr. T

    I hope this isn’t too late but…

    I am an elementary school ESL and third grade teacher. I am a member of the Sally Ride Academy and am very actively promoting STEM education and careers to the elementary school students with whom I work.

    I am writing to ask for your consideration of a project I have live on to obtain an iPad2 for my students. While the primary goal of this project is mathematics, the iPad2 will also directly support science instruction (as well as reading literacy skills, social studies – well pretty much everything!)

    I know this is a late request but I just saw this today. Any help that your readers or bloggers could give would be very much appreciated. My school is Title 1 and about 82% of the students receive free or reduced lunch. For many students, using great tools like the iPad2 is dependent on being able to do so at school. I’m not afraid to ask for help in support of their education. I’ve had more than 14 projects funded on Donorschoose and I assure you that students are using these resources on a daily basis!

    If you are able to help in any amount please visit my giving page at http://donors

    Thank you for your consideration!

    Matt Tosiello
    Grade 3 and ESOL Teacher
    Randolph Elementary School
    Arlington, Virginia

  7. Larissa

    It appears that it chose the classroom to get the money for me. Does the special code and part where I get to choose the classroom maybe come after the midnight deadline?

  8. It is great to hear about people helping teachers out! If you decide to do this challenge again, please consider donating to my classroom. I teach Chemistry. My students are the ones who fall through the cracks. We don’t have low scores on tests so we don’t get extra “help” for materials. At the same time we don’t have the funds to purchase equipment. If you log into Donors Choose via, they will match your donation up to $50! Hopefully we get get what we need before that offer expires! My classroom site is:

    Again, thank you so much!


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