The Issue: Low Rankings in Math and Science
Students in the United States are testing lower than their peers in other countries in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In an educational ranking of 64 countries, 15-year-olds from the United States tied for 24th place in math literacy and for 19th place in science literacy, according to a 2009 report from the US Department of Education.
The Campaign: Providing Educational Museum Field Trips
If 60 people donate $12 to this Grassroots campaign, then Children’s Museum of Denver can provide an educational STEM-themed field trip for two first-grade classes from an underserved school in the Denver metropolitan area. Each additional $360 raised will fund a field trip for another class from a school with a high low-income population.
At the museum, students will get an opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the Bubbles Playscape. It engages students with scientific principles as they use measuring instruments and make their own bubble solutions. They can then test their experiments and watch the bubbles float around the room. With full museum admission, the students also will have access to 12 other interactive exhibits.
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Children’s Museum of Denver
Children’s Museum of Denver was originally founded in a converted school bus in 1973. Since then, its surroundings have changed, but its mission has remained the same: to engage visitors in learning through play. Its collection of 13 hands-on playscapes is designed to stimulate the minds of children from birth to age 8, earning Children's Museum of Denver a spot on Forbes's 2012 list of the 12 Best Children's Museums in the US.
Amid the museum's two stories, visitors learn about fire safety in Fire Station No. 1, shop for healthy foods in the market, and unleash their creative sides with paint and stage costumes at Arts a la Carte. Dedicated to nurturing a love of math and science, the museum also features a recyclable-material assembly plant, a bubble experimentation lab, and a newly opened kinetics exhibit with a gigantic marble run.