2007 DSN Education Fundapalooza

logo.gifLast year DSN, although not a Sb’ling, participated in the Donor’s Choose Campaign. Various bloggers here at Sb, with the help of our readers, raised money for classrooms across the US. DonorsChoose is an organization that helps teachers fund classroom projects and other student learning experiences. DSN raised over $500 dollars last year to send children from a southern California school on a field trip to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. You can catch read about this on today’s other post.

Given the success of last year, DSN is again sponsoring a challenge to raise money. This year we need $1,100 to fund three marine-related projects. I get numerous requests asking how people can save the deep sea. Here it is..instill in children passion and stewardship for marine habitats. How do you do that? Fund projects in the classroom! Children who are informed and mindful, protect and conserve. Now lets all join hands and sing We Are the World! The three projects we are looking to fund…

  • 2nd Grade Class at Charter School of Morgan Hill, California: Currently there are no textbooks available for an ocean unit in this project-based learning school. The classroom needs 5 copies each of 8 book titles to share among 3 second grade classrooms.
  • Berea High School in Greenville, South Carolina: The biology and marine sciences classes in this low income district (50%) needs safety glasses. In the words of their teacher, “My current dilemma is that my students keep complaining that they can’t see well out of their current safety glasses. The scratches and discoloration over the years have caused my students to make these complaints. It is definitely time for some new safety glasses. We do a lot of fun laboratories and I hate to think that they are not enjoying the labs as much due to poor safety glasses.” We are looking to fund 30 pairs of safety glasses.
  • Croatan High School in Newport, North Carolina: The school is located next to Bogue Sound on the Atlantic Ocean. The teacher wants to engage the class with a project addressing how rapid change and development affects water quality around the community. We are looking to fund water testing kits and other supplies to get this project off the ground

The sidebar will track our progress and I will continue to nag you over the next months to get this projects funded. The process to donate is so simple, you can and should do it right now. Click here, head over with your debit/credit card and donate! Don’t tell me you have no money, just skip a few Starbuck’s trips and six pack next week and there is $20.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.