Donors Choose: We’re Rocking It!

Well, of course we are, we’re lovers of geology.

You, my darlings, have been remarkable. Two days in, and you’ve already got two projects funded. I can’t tell you how proud I am of you!

The teachers have sent you all lovely thank-you notes, and I shall post them here:

Project 1: Women and Hands-on Science. Funded!

Dear Karen, Mayen Davis, Anne, Yahoo! and The DonorsChoose.org Team, 

My students and I would like to thank you again for your donations to our science education. I have already told them about the donations and they are ecstatic. I believe that with the right tools we can teach our young girls that education is the key that will open many doors for them in the future. Many of the girls are convinced that science just isn’t fun. With these materials, I can show them just how fun and exciting science can be and possibly spark new ideas for their future careers!Thank you again. You are making a difference in the lives of these girls.

With gratitude,
Ms. D

You see what a difference you’ve made, there? These are young women who are about to discover what we already know: that science is incredible good fun. You’ve just given them a key to the wonders of the world.

Project 3: Geology Rocks! Funded!

Dear Andrea McCormick, Mrs. Patten,, Maureen Ilg, Nora, Joe and The DonorsChoose.org Team, 

I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude for your generous donations. The Geology Centers and activities will have a significant impact on my students. We now have the opportunity to have more interactive and engaging lessons.

I plan to use the geology kits to help students identify the three main rock types, how they are formed and the characteristics of each. The center activities will allow the students to explore geology concepts independently and reinforce what they are learning in class.

I can’t wait to show my students the rock samples and get started on some hands-on experiments and projects!

With gratitude,
Ms. B

You’ve just got some young hands on science, my darlings!

We still have two projects to fund:

Project 2: Science Rocks! $303 to go

Project #4: Rock Out: Learning About Rocks, Minerals and Geology. $254 to go

The way you lot are going, I don’t imagine it’ll take you long. Let’s do this thing!

Now, you might have noticed by now that the menfolk are vastly outnumbered by the womenfolk in the donation department. You, there, you with the Y chromosome. Yes, you! Step up and represent. Let’s get some equality going here!

Donors Choose: Help Make Kids Adorers of the Good Science of Rock-Breaking

I want you all to take especial note of the Donors Choose widget in the sidebar. We have the opportunity to make a difference in kids’ lives, right here, right now. We can place science in their hands. As you may have gathered from my previous post, this is something I passionately believe must be done.

I’ve chosen out four projects having to do with geology. I want to get those rocks into those kids’ classrooms. I don’t think there’s any better way to give them an early adoration for the sciences than giving them a chance to do science for themselves. None of these projects need much money, but those few dollars could mean the difference between kids who fall in love with science early and never learning how much there is to love.

Project 1: Women and Hands-on Science.

This is a high-poverty, all-girls school in New York City that needs funds for science supplies, including a mineral kit and geology videos. For those of us who have wanted to see more women in STEM, I think this is an excellent place to start. Let’s get those girls some equipment! Amount needed as of this writing: $230.

Project 2: Science Rocks!

This is a moderate-poverty class in Gig Harbor, WA, whose budget suffered from cuts. They’re needing rock samples and hydrochloric acid, safety equipment, and a few other things in order to test chemical and physical weathering. I would’ve killed for a chance to bust out the hydrochloric acid as a kid! Let’s not make them go that far. Amount needed as of this writing: $469.

Project 3: Geology Rocks!

This high-poverty charter school in Baltimore, MD is looking for sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rock samples. Ms. Blake is looking to inspire a future geologist. Let’s make sure she can do just that. Amount needed as of this writing: $115.

Project #4: Rock Out: Learning About Rocks, Minerals and Geology.

This moderate-poverty class in Renton, WA, is looking for kits and literature for geology. And this is a teacher who’s not afraid to go above-and-beyond the grade level guidelines. This tells me she’s the kind of teacher who will cheer her students on rather than rein them in. She wants to inspire the next generation of seismographers, geologists, and gemologists. Let’s do this thing. Amount needed as of this writing: $291.

These amounts are paltry. We can get them there, people.

Every blogger on Freethought Blogs is participating. All of the projects they’ve chosen are worthy of support. So if nothing here catches your fancy, go peruse theirs. Make a difference in a child’s life. Give them science. Because, my darlings, when you do that, you are giving us all a future.

Oh, and incidentally, I want to show the Scientific American folks that Freethought Bloggers has a readership that can kick their readerships’ arses. I have faith in you, my darlings!