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Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

There are now 14 Florida classrooms and about 1,831 students who are going to have extra help when it comes to science education because of our team effort. Our 4th annual fundraising campaign through Donors Choose raised a total of $2,943. You gave $2,243 and then we here at Florida Citizens for Science pitched in our promised $700. That blows away our previous fundraising record of $1,775 in 2009. Wow!

Here are the amazing projects we funded together:

Palmetto Grades 6-8: a document camera, graphic novels about hurricanes, and marbling art supplies to visually learn about the science of hurricanes and create a work of art representing the hurricane storm formation.

Plant City Grades 9-12: students will learn how to reconstruct a crime scene and develop suspects after evidence is recovered. Students will learn to determine the caliber of bullets, determine the trajectory/path the bullet traveled, identify striations left on recovered bullets, and will later dust for latent finger prints that may have been left on the cartridge.

Ft Lauderdale Grades 6-8: modeling clay will be used to create 3-D models of Earth’s features to planets and other celestial objects in outer space. We’ll use the plaster to investigate how fossils are preserved on Earth for hundreds of thousands of years. Having these supplies means less time with our heads in the book and more time creating and exploring.

Tampa Grades 3-5: students will learn how to measure and read exact amounts of liquid such as in an environmental investigations testing water samples. They will use the tools to understand water displacement when adding a solid material. Graduated cylinders are critical for measuring liquid volumes.

Miami Grades 6-8: students will be able to grow bacteria, look at cells and organisms, and see and work with models of the solar system in a hands on way. The materials will provide opportunities for my students to explore science concepts, test hypotheses, and learn through observation.

Orlando Grades 3-5: students will be able to complete labs and experiments so they can connect their learning to what they are doing scientifically. They will have safety glasses, beakers, different types of scales, magnifying glasses and a microscope to complete the activities accurately and safely. They will also have different types of magnets so they can manipulate the magnets to show how they can attract and repel.

Miami Grades 3-5: having complete STEM kits and books, students will have all the materials they need, to do projects and have extra materials for other projects. The STEM kits will be used to engineer and create projects. The students will need the writing and science journals to write about, design, create, and redesign their STEM projects.

Naples Grades PreK-2: The “larvae” (caterpillars) are one way that our students not only get hooked on science, but also understand one of those mystifying processes of science. How does a caterpillar turn into a butterfly? It sounds like make believe to them until they get to see it.

Brooksville Grades 6-8: Mini Stream Tables will engage students and allow them to have hands-on interactions with weathering, erosion and deposition so they can complete their challenge successfully. Students who are engaged and can actually interact with the material will want to learn!

Seffner Grades 3-5: Most classrooms are not equipped with the materials needed to provide for safe experimentation, and just reading about electricity doesn’t give students the best learning experience. Being able to actually create open and closed circuits as well as figuring out how switches work through hands-on investigations will ensure that students will have a better understanding of the content that they are expected to learn. It will allow for greater application later.

Palm Bay Grades 3-5: students will be able to learn how to use various weather instruments and make predictions about the weather. Learning to use tools has become lost to this generation of people who can simply turn on the television or a computer to find the answer to something. Students will dig deeper by taking learning outdoors to compliment the learning in the classroom. Students will explore, record and chart the weather in their garden using proper weather instruments.

Leesburg Grades PreK-2: students will be able to enjoy pouring, washing, experimenting, and splashing (just a little!) in the safe environment of their very own classroom. It will be an important tool for science experiments and be a fun setting for imaginative students to pretend to wash cars or animals or create an ocean ecosystem. All of these experiences will allow students, who come from varied backgrounds that include different primary languages, to communicate with their classmates while they learn and play!

Navarre Grades PreK-2: This raised garden will offer students from all walks of life the ability to build, plant, water, nurture and harvest herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Gardening allows surprises to arise when insects land in the vicinity or when the weather surprises everyone and disrupts the plan for the day. These surprises show that nature is in control and they give students immediate and personal reasons for wanting to know the answers to pressing questions.

Tallahassee Grades PreK-2: On August 21st, 2017, a very rare event will occur. A total solar eclipse will occur for the United States to view. In Tallahassee, FL, we will receive 90% totality of the eclipse. The peak time is estimated to be about 2:40 PM. Our students may not have another chance to experience this natural occurrence for another 30 years. We will be partnering with another grade level to share this experience with. The students will be able to interact with the older students/science buddies and talk about the amazing phenomena happening before their eyes. With solar viewing glasses, students can view the eclipse safely, gain a science buddy to talk to and of course remember their ultimate hands on experience!

Let’s start off the school year right!

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

My room is all set up and ready for about 160 high school freshmen (over the course of 6 class periods) to get excited about environmental science starting Monday. I was in my room all day Saturday putting on the final touches. I could spend all of today in there, too, but I don’t want to get burned out before school even starts. I love teaching environmental. It’s so relevant to every single student’s life and only the most stubborn of teens are going to fail to see that when I’m done with them. Heck, even those stubborn ones will probably see the light but just refuse to admit it.

I’m ready to go. However, there are some teachers who are still wanting to work some science magic on their students but they don’t have the supplies to do so. Yes, I’m talking about our 4th annual fundraising campaign through Donors Choose. We’re trying to help a few Florida teachers obtain the materials they need to make science come alive in their classes.

Your giving so far has funded three classroom projects. One class will be learning about insect life cycles through caterpillars. Another group of lucky kids will learn about environmental science because they will now have hands-on experiences in new gardens. And young students will be able to safely view the upcoming solar eclipse because of the special glasses you funded for them.

But we’re short of our goal! There are five other projects that need your help to cross the finish line. The students want to learn about electricity, erosion, weather and water. As I said at the beginning of this post, school is back in session. The kids are walking through those classroom doors now.

Let’s give them a good year of science. Please give at our Donors Choose Giving Page. Florida Citizens for Science will match your donations up to a total of $700.

And excuse me while a show off a bit. Here’s a few pictures of my room, all ready to go!

4th Annual science education fundraiser LAUNCH!

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Florida Teachers Need Your Help Supporting Science Education

The best way to learn about science is to actually do science. But giving students that opportunity for hands-on exploration takes money. Teachers are constantly dipping into their own pockets to supply materials for their students, but even with that dedication and sacrifice some goals remain out of reach. Florida Citizens for Science is asking you to team up to help at least nine Sunshine State teachers to bring science education alive in their classrooms.

FCS launched its 4th annual fundraising campaign today by creating a Giving Page at Donors Choose. On that page you can choose from several projects across the state to help fund. FCS will match dollar for dollar total donations up to $700, essentially doubling your gift. This is on top of similar offers from corporations like Orkin and Tom’s of Maine highlighted on some of our chosen projects’ pages.

Our previous fundraising campaigns donated a total of $3,412, helping 22 teachers with science education supplies.

Here is what the teachers we will help this year have to say:

A middle school teacher in Brooksville said, “My students love hands-on science, and I love providing them with project-based inquiry science lessons that allow them to explore and think for themselves. […] Students who are engaged and can actually interact with the material will want to learn!”

An elementary school teacher in Seffner said, “Fifth graders are required to learn about electricity. Experimenting is the best way to learn. Most classrooms are not equipped with the materials needed to provide for safe experimentation, and just reading about electricity doesn’t give students the best learning experience.”

An elementary school teacher in Miami said, “The incoming fifth grade students have shown an interest in STEM education and the 5th Grade STEM Club for the next school year. Our science classroom is completely outdated and needs a lot of STEM science materials and manipulatives.”

All donations are accepted and appreciated, regardless of the amount. The money raised stays right here in our state, benefiting our students’ science education.

The schools we will help are:

  • Woodville K-8 School, Tallahassee
  • West Navarre Primary School, Navarre
  • Treadway Elementary School, Leesburg
  • Royal Palm Charter School, Palm Bay
  • Colson Elementary School, Seffner
  • Powell Middle School, Brooksville
  • Shadowlawn Elementary School, Naples
  • Silver Bluff Elementary School, Miami
  • Village Elementary School, Sunrise

If we surpass our fundraising goals, which we have done in years past, we will add more schools to our Giving Page. We will gladly accept your recommendations once we reach that point.

What are you waiting for? Start giving!

(The picture at the top of this blog post is from a project we helped fund for a teacher in Sarasota during one of our previous fundraising campaigns.)

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4th Annual science education fundraiser LAUNCH!
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Florida Citizens for Science News Release
Contact: Brandon Haught; bhaught@flascience.org

3rd Annual science education fundraiser LAUNCH!

Friday, October 1st, 2010

3rd Annual science education fundraiser LAUNCH!
Friday, October 1, 2010
Florida Citizens for Science News Release
Contact: Brandon Haught; bhaught@flascience.org
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FLORIDA SCIENCE EDUCATION NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

Oct. 1, 2010 — Education budget woes felt throughout the state are preventing many teachers from obtaining necessary science equipment, thus crippling them at a time when a new set of science standards is demanding that they give students more in-depth science instruction. Florida Citizens for Science wants to lend a hand through its third annual fund raising campaign launched today.

Students in an elementary school class in St. Petersburg voted science their favorite subject, but they need the equipment to make the subject come alive outside of books. The teacher says that the science kits she wants will go a long way: “The best part is that they can be used year after year and will help countless students.”

A middle school teacher in Port St Lucie laments that her students want to do dissections but can’t due to lack of funds. “Our district is not able to buy science lab supplies so we make do with materials that can be gathered from home or very low cost,” she said.

A middle school teacher in Avon Park wants a life size skeleton for his students to get some hands-on learning. “Our state and county school system are going through a tremendous budget crunch,” he said. “There is no extra money for science supplies.”

Florida Citizens for Science asks everyone who cares about science education across the state to pitch in. Through the nonprofit online organization DonorsChoose.org, we have identified six Florida teachers who have asked for help in funding science education projects. We are asking concerned citizens to donate money to help these fundamental science projects become reality. Additionally, Florida Citizens for Science will match contributions dollar for dollar up to $600. So, if donators raise at least $600, we will double that to a total of $1,200. Of course, we encourage everyone to shoot past the $600 mark!

All donations are accepted and appreciated, regardless of the amount. Just visit our “giving page” at DonorsChoose to make your donation. The money raised stays right here in our state, benefiting our students’ science education. We hope to wrap up this fund raising project by Nov. 1.

Some of the schools we hope to assist:

  • New Heights Elementary School, St. Petersburg
  • Manatee Elementary School, Port St. Lucie
  • James Stephens Int’l Acad, Fort Myers
  • Avon Park Middle School, Avon Park
  • Sunset Park Elementary School, Windermere
  • Chets Creek Elementary School, Jacksonville

Last year we exceeded our fund raising goal, giving $1,775 to 13 schools. Let’s see if we can do that again! Here’s a series of blog posts about previous year’s efforts, including some thank you notes we got from kids.

Yup, we helped!

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Remember our 2nd annual fundraising project hosted here back in September? We raised $1,775 and helped 13 classrooms buy needed science education supplies. I want to share with you thank you letters from the teachers and the cool photos of students interacting with the new stuff.

Just Elementary School, Tampa shows us their new dissection kits.

Royal Palm Charter School, Palm Bay has some new class pets to study.

Lockhart Middle School, Orlando has students who are really “gellin”.

Ocean Palms Elementary School, Ponte Vedra Beach has first-graders going out of this world.

Now don’t those letters and photos make you feel all tingly inside?

Second annual fundraising wrap up

Friday, September 18th, 2009

We’re all done, folks! This year we gave a total of $1,775 to 13 classrooms across Florida for science education learning tools. (Last year we gave $1,507 to seven schools.) Here are the schools we helped this time and the kinds of stuff they now have because of you:

>> Pride Elementary School, Tampa (Owl Pellet, Owl Puke Workbook)
>> Chets Creek Elementary School, Jacksonville (Igneous Rock Collection, Rocks & Soil Book Library)
>> Kate Sullivan Elem School, Tallahassee (Hand Lens, Round 5″ Magnifier)
>> Florosa Elementary School, Mary Esther (Inclined Planes and Wedges, Stop Watches)
>> Lockhart Middle School, Orlando (Super Science Concoctions, Mixtures and Solutions)
>> Gibbons Street Elem School, Bartow (Simple Machines Activity Tub, Force & Motion Activity Tub)
>> Ocean Palms Elementary School, Ponte Vedra Beach (Solar System Floor Puzzle, Space Theme Book Library, Solar System Activity Tub)
>> Royal Palm Charter School, Palm Bay (Terrarium Set, Leopard Gecko, Tree Frog)
>> Franklin Park Magnet Elementary School, Fort Myers (Solar System Science Cards, Solar System Model)
>> Palmetto Elementary School, Poinciana (Butterfly Pavillion)
>> Kinnan Elementary School, Sarasota (Binoculars, Color Mixer Lab, Giant Thermometer)
>> Just Elementary School, Tampa (Dissection Sets)
>> East Milton Elementary School, Milton (Watch-It-Grow Window Greenhouse, Real Bugs Discovery Kit, Magnet Discovery Board)

This project was done through our DonorsChoose.org giving page.  Shall we do this again next year?

2nd Annual science education fundraiser LAUNCH!

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Florida Citizens for Science News Release
Contact: Brandon Haught; bhaught@flascience.org
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FLORIDA SCIENCE EDUCATION NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

Aug. 7, 2009 — Education budget woes felt throughout the state are preventing many teachers from obtaining necessary science equipment, thus crippling them at a time when a new set of science standards is demanding that they give students more in-depth science instruction. Florida Citizens for Science wants to lend a hand through its second annual fund raising campaign launched today.

Florida’s updated science standards introduced new units of study to the second grade, prompting a Jacksonville teacher to request materials needed to give students hands-on experience with the required concepts. Meanwhile, a fifth grade class in Bartow has books about simple machines, force and motion, but the teacher worries that her kids at the low income school don’t have the supplies that would make the science subjects come alive and be memorable. She is concerned about preparing her students for the science FCAT.

One Orlando sixth grade life science teacher wants to give kids hands-on experience in life science and chemistry, but says: “The supplies are very limited in my school and my resources are minimal.”
A third grade teacher in Mary Esther echoes that thought in her request for science supplies: “The resources in a project are so important, and each student needs to participate. With the economy the way it is, buying the resources you need is very limited.”

Florida Citizens for Science asks everyone who cares about science education across the state to pitch in. Through the nonprofit online organization DonorsChoose.org, we have identified seven Florida teachers who have asked for help in funding science education projects. We are asking concerned citizens to donate money to help these fundamental science projects become reality. Additionally, Florida Citizens for Science will match contributions dollar for dollar up to $600. So, if donators raise at least $600, we will double that to a total of $1,200. Of course, we encourage everyone to shoot past the $600 mark!

All donations are accepted and appreciated, regardless of the amount. Just visit our “giving page” at DonorsChoose to make your donation. The money raised stays right here in our state, benefiting our students’ science education. We hope to wrap up this fund raising project by Sept 1.

Some of the schools we hope to assist:

>> Pride Elementary School, Tampa
>> Chets Creek Elementary School, Jacksonville
>> Kate Sullivan Elem School, Tallahassee
>> Florosa Elementary School, Mary Esther
>> Lockhart Middle School, Orlando
>> Gibbons Street Elem School, Bartow
>> Ocean Palms Elementary School, Ponte Vedra Beach

Last year we exceeded our fund raising goal, giving $1,507 to seven schools. Let’s see if we can do that again! Here’s a series of blog posts about last year’s efforts, including some thank you notes we got from kids.

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You are so welcome!

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Students at Quail Hollow Elementary school sent Florida Citizens for Science a stack of thank you notes and pictures to show their appreciation for the microscopes we got them during our successful fundraising campaign back in August.

Here’s a sampling:

And here is what the teacher wrote in a thank you letter:

Dear Florida Citizens for Science,

The students have explored plant cells, insects and numerous other specimens using the microscopes. They have discovered a whole new world. Thank you for opening that world for them. They are constantly using them to explore the world around them and show each other what they have found. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Now don’t you feel are warm and fuzzy inside?