Donor’s Choose Challenge: A Ways to Go

I am excited that just a week into this and we already raised close to $400. However, we still have a long way to go. One of our projects, Coral Reef Flip Books, needs a mere $117 before being fully funded. That’s pocket change people! Besides, who doesn’t love some flip books. Ms. M’s classroom is in a high poverty school district in Chicago. She is seeking both flip books and wide-ruled composition books for daily journaling. In her own words, “To help students become aware of endangered coral and animals of the oceans, each student will choose one kind of coral and one sea animal to research and create a flip book.” Ocean science, conservation, organismal biology, writing exercises, and flip books…that’s just good education!

Seriously though if we don’t get this project funded bad things might happen here at DSN. Something like this…

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 (, 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.

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