WHO: Explore! The Children’s Museum is a 501c3 non-profit that was established in 2009 to provide educational assembly programs for elementary aged children. Originally a brick and mortar science and arts museum, in 2011 Explore morphed into a traveling exhibit organization. Their “Kidz Science Safari” became a mobile, “hands-on” science museum, that currently features up to 17 interactive science based activities which can be set up in a school gymnasium, and can service up to 600 students in a single day. To date, this assembly activity has appeared in over 450 schools in 26 states. Over 250,000 kids, parents and teachers have enjoyed an experience where access to a children’s museum would have been a difficult, if not improbable activity, due to access, logistics and funding.
WHAT: Explore! now desires to expand with “The Professor Newton Science Show”, an entertaining 45 minute educational science based assembly program. This already existing program includes demonstrations in chemistry, physics, electricity, the states of matter, the scientific method, polymers, molecules, math, Bernoulli’s Principle and much, much more. The program exemplifies STEM concepts and is designed to excite and empower students with an introduction to science that can be referred to by their teachers back in the classroom.
WHY: But more than merely offering this program to schools, it is the desire of Explore! The Children’s Museum to provide it to Title 1 schools at no charge. Explore! wishes to see the program in rural and urban schools in a multitude of states. Travel expenses to transport the program and compensate the performer would be included, at no cost to the school. Schools and regions would be scheduled on a “first come, first served” basis.
WHERE: “Title 1” schools are those elementary and secondary schools covered under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 Federal Law that ensures that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.
Often these schools are ones with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families. Rural and urban schools are frequently the recipients of federal dollars for free lunch programs and programs that ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.
Because these students come from homes of single parents, or low income households where both parents work, the involvement for fundraising and participation in PTO/PTA funded activities and assemblies is limited. Thus, these students are often excluded from educational enhancement activities like field trips and assemblies. Simply put, there is no money available for these types of activities that enhance, and improve, the educational experience.
WHEN: Our initial goal is 100 schools for the 2017-2018, 2018-2019 school year(s). The higher the achieved goal, the higher the number of schools and areas that could be served.
HOW: You. Your gift will make this possible. Won’t you please consider, and then contribute, to bring this wonderful educational science program to a Title 1 elementary school?