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SciWo’s Storytime: Pumpkins

This week Minnow and I are pleased to honor the first request from a DonorsChoose Challenge giver. (There’s still time, donate enough to complete a project, email me the receipt and you too can request a story.) I’ll admit to being pretty excited when this request came it, because it was perfectly seasonal…and we already…

There’s a few days left in our October DonorsChoose challenge, and even after that there are many more great projects out there waiting for our help. A few weeks ago, wonderful educator-science-historian-cultural-studies-expert-mother-blogger Leslie Madden-Brooks responded to a plea to help fund some projects, and I was deeply moved by what she wrote to the classroom,…

Folks, we are heading into the home stretch for Donors Choose, and you’ve helped 1084 kids get access to books they wouldn’t have had without your help. That’s great. But we can do better. So…. 24 Sciencewomen blog readers have already donated $1517 to needy projects, and if you can help us make it a…

SciWo’s Storytime: Bugs

This week, Minnow and I present “Where do Insects Live?” in the Science Emergent Readers Series, from which we’ve previously featured a book on oceans. (Yes, I am using bugs in the colloquial sense and not just to refer to some Hemiptera.There’s plenty of time for Minnow to learn those details later. Who knows, she…

Don’t worry, SciWo’s storytime is coming later today. But first a word about our on-going DonorsChoose challenge. Along with 22 others, DonorsChoose has already given $50 to our challenge, and now they want to give more…based on how much we raise by Sunday. Here’s the scoop: Next week, we will distribute $200,000, the rest of…

SciWo’s Storytime: Lakes and Ponds

This week on SciWo’s Storytime, we’re reading about Lakes and Ponds in a book by Cassie Mayer, from the same series as an earlier episode about oceans. While the text of this series of books is simple, I’m finding that they are a great way to engage Minnow in a conversation about the topic. Listen…

It’s Earth Science Week, and this year’s theme is Understanding Climate. So it’s the perfect time to share some cool videos of women earth scientists and how they are working to improve the diversity and representation of women in atmospheric science. Hat tip to Erika Marin-Spiotta for sharing these videos. The first three-minute video is…

A few nights ago, Minnow was in the mood to make videos of some of her favorite books – almost any books, except ones with an overt scientific bent. Right now, she wants books with a storyline, and I’m afraid that some of the sciencey books I’d lined up for this month are not story-driven…

We’re a week into our 2009 DonorsChoose challenge, and as of 11 am EDT, we’ve raised $250 for science education of high poverty students around the country. In 2007, we raised $1104, and last year: “Forty-two Sciencewomen readers contributed a total of $1863 to help 917 needy kids learn about science and engineering.” If we’re…

Remember this summer when I was working on the course design for my new prep on Experimental Design and Data Analysis? We’re now a month into the class, and while it has had its rough moments, I think it will ultimately be quite useful to the students enrolled in it. I’m currently avoiding grading, so…