Both my birthday and the holiday season are coming up soon, so I've updated my wishlist. (link in the sidebar). In addition to asking for books and video games this year, I thought I'd try something a little different. I'm asking you to help some underprivileged kids learn science.
Donors Choose is a site where teachers in low-income areas and underfunded schools submit proposals for what they'd like to do in their classroom. Today, I set up a challenge, and picked a few science-related projects that I liked.
Now I'm asking you to help by donating to one of these projects. I set a goal of 200 dollars, which is pretty modest. So skip your grande lattes for a week, click on the link below and donate 10 or 15 bucks to a pretty darn good cause. It's heartbreaking to see how little most of these classrooms are asking for, and easy to see how many children's lives can be affected by such a small amount of money.
And in case you needed more reason to donate, here's my blurb from the challenge page_
In an era of increasing politicization and misrepresentation of science, it's more important than ever to teach children about how the scientific method works. Science teachers are on the front lines of this culture war, and it's important that they have the resources that they need.
Solutions like this are no substitute for adequate school funding, but we can't wait around for that kind of education reform. Doing so would mean losing a whole generation of scientists. The potential to change the world is in these children's minds. Let's give these kids and their teachers the support that they deserve.