Catch The Science Bug Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: PO Box 321 Holden MA 01520 USA

Mission: The Catch the Science Bug Foundation’s mission is to inspire children, especially girls and minorities, to create a better world through science by enabling the self-revelation that through an understanding of science, they too could make valuable contributions to society whether in private or professional life.
Results: The PBS science series reaches 1.5 million households The website averages 100,000 visitors per month Children served by the traveling programs: 2,000 per year
Target demographics: Children in grades 1-4 through out the US via our website Children in grades 1-4 in the New England area via our PBS Rhode Island science series called Catch the Science Bug specially sensitive inspiring girls and minorities about science careers Children in grades PreK-8 via the traveling science programs
Geographic areas served: National and New England Area
Programs: (1) PBS Science Series: Catch the Science Bug is a half-hour children's television series that targets children in grades 1-4, an underserved TV market. It is able to entertain and educate children of all socioeconomic backgrounds because it is presented free of charge through PBS RI (WSBE). It currently reaches 1.5 million households via broadcast on PBS RI and nine different cable providers. The programming can be seen in all of RI, and parts of CT, MA, and NH. Children and teachers at Norrback Elementary, Worcester, MA, review episodes upon completion. Results are favorably comparable to other national children’s science programs. We are happy to share evaluation reports with you upon request. (2) Interactive Website www.sciencebug.org: In 2006 a website was created to supplement the information learned our PBS television series funded by The Stoddard Charitable Trust. Since its revision this past summer, sponsored by the Best Buy Children's Foundation, the website is now taking-on a life of its own averaging 100,000 hits per month and receiving an American Library Association Great Website for Kids award and a Parents’ Choice Silver Award. This site provides a vast array of FREE science activities including interactive quizzes, downloadable investigations with data collection sheets, and science video clips. The site is geared towards children in grades 1-5. Educators can find materials to use with an entire class. Educators, parents and kids have sent us many complements about the site. New content will focus on drinking water and be added this fall. A science blog is also in the works. (3) In-person educational science programs: Catch the Science Bug Traveling Programs, has been teaching science programs to students in grades pre K-8 in New England for ten years. Twenty-four different science programs are offered on a variety of topics. In 2000, there were only 5 programs to start. Kim Bent personally teaches all of these programs. Programs use demonstrations, hands-on activities, group games, and media visuals to convey science concepts to children. See www.catchthesciencebug.com for more details. (4) Catch the Outdoor Bug Catch the Outdoor Bug will teach groups of children (Pre K-8) one of three different environmental education programs on a forested parcel of land that also contains a wetland. Program titles are The Dynamic Forest, Why Wetlands are Wonderful, and Be a Forest Detective. All programs will be taught at different levels to accommodate the different age groups. This program would be located in Worcester, MA and serve the area’s schools, youth organizations, afterschool programs and the City of Worcester. Three of the goals are (1) to increase environmental science literacy, (3) raise environmental awareness and (3) conserve one acre of land in the city of Worcester, MA.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 8 year old son and I attended a birthday party where the Catch The Science Bug attended...She was absolutely amazing, she was able to hold the attention of more than 15 7-8 year old boys for more than 1 1/2 hours..And the boys loved it...They were having so much fun with all the fun ways she had them doing experiments they didn't even know they were learning..As she was getting ready to leave the party my son told her that "science was now his favorite subject"...And he didn't forget her "Science Bug" Volkswagon Beetle...She let them all takes pictures with it before leaving... He thought that was so cool..

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kim Bent gave an excellent program here at the Thayer Memorial Library in Lancaster, Massachusetts. I was impressed with her knowledge, enthusiasm, and great rapport with school-age kids. I'd hire her again in a second for any of the environmental programs she offers.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Catch the Science Bug made the trek to NJ to Califon Public School. Kim was able to put on five presentations for 10 grade levels, from Pre-K to 8th, with such professionalism, enthusiasm, and gusto, that she was certainly the talk of the town. Her ability to relate to all age levels and present the material in an organized, enthusiastic, and relatable fashion was outstanding. Every student in the entire school particpated enthusiastically. What a great day! We can't say enough about the Science Bug and how thought provoking, educational, and fun the program was.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Reduce, reuse, recycle, observe the world around us!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a great time. thank you for coming to our classroom. I am going to make more newspaper towers at home.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

school, 5th grade.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

more explanation about chips/wafers.

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Dear James, Thank you so much for writing! I am happily suprised to find your reveiw. I am so glad to hear you had a great time in class. From now on I will request an hour and a half for teaching that program to be able to allow for more more explanation, more tower building and a review of the towers. Thank you! Sincerely, Ms. Kim

Rating: 5 stars  

Kim is GREAT! The activities she prepaired were always fun and engaging. The kids were always excited to learn and participate in the activities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have worked with Kim a few times and everytime has been a great and enjoyable experience for both me and the children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our library had just opened a Branch in the most impovished section of Woonsocket, RI. Nearly all the kids qualified for school lunch and breakfast and were termed "at risk." We were looking for a program that was educational and curriculum based. But the program really had to appeal to the kids. It couldn't be dry lecture style because these kids would not sit for a program like that. We were looking for something hands on that would get the kids directly involved and keep their attention. Kim Bent sent me a flyer and I booked it right away. Kim came in with enthusiasm, energy and the experience of a classroom teacher. That was in 2003 and we have had her traveling program nearly every year since.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The kids at the Branch raved about the program. One told me how she helped by holding something and adding colored dye in the Water Pollution program. Then she told me why water pollution was bad! This was the success we needed!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I were to make any changes it would be to give the show funding to develop more new educational programs. I would also invest funding in promotional items to kids and families & advertising. The more success the more funders will invest!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the incredible Kim Bent! She makes you interested in whatever topic she is teaching.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the kids and volunteers that join in the tv program and help with her live shows that get so involved and enthusiastic that you cannot help but want to learn more about the science topic of the day.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

produce many more national educational television programs. It will become a thriving educational program like Mr. Wizard.

Ways to make it better...

we had her come to our library every week. Kim is a bit too busy to visit us every week. Every experience with Catch the Science Bug has been well attended.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the need for more exposure. More programs are needed. More funding is needed to produce the programs. More awareness of the traveling and TV program is needed for the greatest success.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Catch the Science Bug appeals to all ages. Kids with learning impairments and autism expecially need programs like this that are engaging on a variety of levels including visual, auditory, and tactile.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the Enrichment Program Coordinator for our upper elementary school, I try to identify quality science enrichment programming for our students in grades 4-6. After an exhaustive search, we were thrilled to find Kim Bent and Catch the Science Bug. She provided two programs for 500 students in grades 5 and 6 over a period of 8 days. The specific programs, "Be an Earth Detective" and "Energy, Energy, Energy" were professionally delivered and complimented the curriculum. Most importantly, these well-developed programs far exceeded our objectives by exciting and engaging our students in scientific experimentation, and increasing their overall interest in science.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The students were inspired by Kim's programs and used the skills they developed to design their own science experiments.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Kim's passion for science education is infectious and wonderful to experience first-hand. It was such a pleasure to watch the students participate in the programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Kim is a bundle of good-hearted, cheerful energy who loves children and loves teaching. She is able to find ways to explain details to children that are fun and educational. She involved the kids in every aspect of the program, and made them feel special and valued. She delighted in the work we do in our field and tried to represent a day at the veterinarian's office in a way children could understand. We all had a lot of fun working with her and her crew, and we are so happy to be a part of educating the younger generation! Kim is a delight!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Catch the Science Bug program filmed at our veterinary hospital.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having worked two episodes of the "Bug" TV program, I've seen firsthand the tireless efforts and passion that Kim and her colleagues put into every aspect of their work. She has mastered the difficult task of taking an important educational lesson that might be mundane in a textbook or classroom setting, and turning it into an interactive, engaging, and entertaining experience for both children and adults. Kim's uncanny ability to overcome shyness and bring out children's curiosity is a pleasure to watch, and is well served by the broadcast of this program, which reaches countless kids throughout New England.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

During the taping of these shows, despite the distractions of "being on TV", the kids were actively engaged with the show's "lesson". No doubt a most effective way to reach and teach kids in any setting through broadcast or recorded media.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

It was a joy to be part of the video production team on the episodes I've been fortunate enough to work on. Kim has a special way of engaging the children. It's amazing to see how readily they grasp the science concepts she is teaching. The show 'is the children'. They get to do the experiments with Kim, and even present the results of their own investigations in "Science Bug Investigators" Kim has proven that TV can still live up to it's original promise to engage, inform and inspire! As a videographer, and especially as a video editor, I got to see first hand the very high level of work and attention to every detail that Kim puts into her work. No show goes on the air until every detail is perfect! This is one show that deserves more support and one that should be available to children everywhere.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a videographer I got to see the children participate in the science experiments Kim conducted and at their completion see clearly that the children 'got it' - they grasped the concepts and could express their understanding in their own words.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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