Adventures in Ethics and Science

Here’s a quick update on how the ScienceBlogs contingent is doing in the DonorsChoose 2009 Social Media Challenge.

Since we kicked off the challenge on Thursday, three more blogs have mounted challenges:

A Blog Around the Clock (challenge here)
Christina’s LIS Rant (challenge here)
Thus Spake Zuska (challenge here)

And, as I type this, 61 ScienceBlogs readers have donated a grand total of $4,784, funding projects that will reach 1,329 students.

Of course, there are more students to be reached. If you’re the kind of person who likes to give a project the last chunk of change it needs, here are some projects that are within $100 of completion.

A Blog Around the Clock challenge, where Bora has chosen a wide array of proposals from teachers in high poverty schools in North Carolina:

Biology games (a cell game, a codon DNA game, a Messenger RNA game, and “gene rummy”) for a biology classroom, a proposal that just needs $74 more to become a reality.

Astronomy games for grade school students learning about the sun, moon, and stars, a project that will be fully funded once it gets $58 more.

Gene Expression challenge, where Razib presents projects to bring needed technology to a bunch of poor schools (especially, but not exclusively, in biology classrooms):

Electronic balances to replace rusted and outdated lab equipment in a science classroom in a high poverty high school in Mississippi, a project just $100 shy of the funding it needs.

Sciencewomen’s book challenge, where SciWo and Alice have selected a number of projects that would bring books to high poverty classrooms:

Materials for hands-on activities to help kids learn about waves, oceans, and landforms in a 5th grade classroom in a high poverty school in South Carolina, a project that will be ready to go once it gets $65 more.

A collection of nonfiction book about plant and animal lifecycles for a 2nd grade classroom in a high poverty school in Southern California, an awesome classroom library that only needs $27 more to happen.

Christina’s LIS Rant challenge, which features a bunch of proposals from teachers in high poverty Maryland schools:

Books to encourage environmental education and critical thinking in a 9th grade English classroom in a school with an environmental science focus, in need of just $65 more to reach full funding.

Dr. Isis’s challenge, where Dr. Isis has included quite a few proposals from K-2 teachers:

Science supplies like graduated cylinders and thermometers for a 1st grade classroom in a high poverty school in Wisconsin, looking for just $63 more.

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  1. #1 El Picador
    October 4, 2009

    How come Isis is the only high-traffic blogger on this DonorsChoose train? Where’s Laden in particular, this should be right up his alley. What better blow in support of science education in the public schools?

  2. #2 Thomas
    October 5, 2009

    I’ve looked at DonorsChoose before, but I know approximately nothing about what is actually useful in low-level science education, so being able to choose was actually a negative. Having recommendations from a reliable source makes a big difference.

  3. #3 El Picador
    October 5, 2009

    Thomas- the teachers are not a reliable enough source for you?

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