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You all are aware of the fact we have ‘science education issues’ here in Oklahoma? Well not everyone here is sitting on their hands, shaking their heads, bemoaning what a shame it is. A fellow who lives in Stillwater, Monty Harper, is actually trying to do something about it in a really cool way (weve praised him on SciBlogs before)!
Monty is a childrens song writer and self-professed science geek, so once a month he and a local scientist put on a show for local elementary school kids (3-5th grades)– he writes a song about that scientist, and they talk about their research! For real, check out the fantastic programs hes run at the Stillwater Public Library! I wanna go…
Anyway, Monty has built up enough of a song-base now, he wants to make an album so he can help kids everywhere get excited about science. It will include songs on topics like phototaxic bacteria, stress hormones, wheat genomics, bacterial biofilms, bat taxonomy, x-ray crystallography, and luminescence dating! For real.
Here is where you can help–
If you think this is a neato idea and would like to help it become reality, check out Montys page over at kickstarter.
Look at the donation tiers, and see where you want to help– you can donate and free CDs will be sent to a local school, you can get a CD for yourself for your kids (Im giving mine to my nieces), you can get all kinds of insider exclusives, get your name in the CD booklet as an official donor, or at the highest tier– you can get a custom song of your very own, written about YOUR research or your FAVORITE branch of science if you arent a scientist, and be included on the CD!
If Monty doesnt reach his funding goal by August 21 (HIS BIRTHDAY), you wont be charged anything, Monty loses the window his producer has open, and he has to start all over.
Im not much for talk (*cough**Mooney**cough*)– Im all about action, and I really have to get behind a guy who may not be a scientist, but he is using his passion and talent to actually DO something to promote science literacy and getting kids excited about science.
“My goal is to give kids a chance to talk to real working scientists about their research,” said Harper. “I want kids to come away feeling that they talked to a scientist who’s doing important work and I want them to picture themselves doing similar work in their own lives.”