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We dodged the apocalypse, so let’s help some classrooms.

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We’re coming into the home stretch of our annual DonorsChoose Science Bloggers for Students drive:

Science Bloggers for Students: No Apocalypse in Sight (Transcript below)

And, now until the end of the drive, you can get your donations matched (up to $100 per donor) thanks to the generosity of the Board of Directors. Just enter the match code SCIENCE in the “Match or gift code” field as you check out.

By the way, the Board of Directors has put up $50,000 in matching funds, so once you’ve hit your match code limit, you might want to nudge your family, friends, and social media contacts to give to worthy projects and get their donations matched.

My giving page for the challenge is here. You can find other giving pages from Scientific American bloggers here.

Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Transcript of the video:

Today is November 1, 2012, which means that the prediction that the world would end in October of 2012? Didn’t happen. Now what?

After your hard work laying in emergency supplies for the apocalypse, a new day dawns … and there’s stuff to do: dishes to wash, rabbit runs to clean, and public school classrooms that still need help getting funds for equipment, field trips, even basic classroom supplies.

Here’s where DonorsChoose comes in: Pick a giving page from the Science Bloggers for Students challenge. Check out the projects and find one that matters to you. Give what you can, even if it’s just a buck. And now, until the end of the drive, you can use the match code SCIENCE to double your donation, up to $100. Give a dollar, the project you’re funding gets two dollars. Give $100, the project gets $200.

The world didn’t end — this time. So take this opportunity to do some good and help some kids before it does.

Janet D. Stemwedel About the Author: Janet D. Stemwedel is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at San José State University. Her explorations of ethics, scientific knowledge-building, and how they are intertwined are informed by her misspent scientific youth as a physical chemist. Follow on Twitter @docfreeride.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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  1. 1. ironjustice 10:23 am 11/2/2012

    “field trips”

    Another method used by lazy teachers to avoid actual teaching. Waste of money.

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  2. 2. Janet D. Stemwedel in reply to Janet D. Stemwedel 10:29 am 11/2/2012

    Yeah, kids can learn everything they need to about the wide world within the confines of four classroom walls. What could they possibly learn by going to see an aquarium, a wetland habitat, an archaeological site, a museum of the history of computers? And surely, teachers put in no time or effort preparing their students to see such things, and do no follow-up in their teaching afterwards.


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  3. 3. ironjustice 12:10 pm 11/2/2012

    Sarcasm noted , and as noted , ‘bang for the buck’ , doesn’t include field trips. Never had even one.

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  4. 4. ironjustice 12:39 pm 11/5/2012

    “the prediction that the world would end in October of 2012? Didn’t happen.”

    The actual date for the apocalypse is December 21-23 , 2012.
    An alignment and gamma rays will be received , in the shape of a cross , or not.

    12 / 21 / 12

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