As a children's librarian at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library I have known Kim Bent and Catch the Science Bug Foundation for a very long time. One photo attached is from this year. The other is about 10 years old. Catch the Science Bug has provided science education programs to our library for nearly 18 years. In 2018, Catch the Science Bug was our grant supporter for a program, Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet is a traveling exhibition for libraries. Explore Earth is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive learning at the Space Science Institute. Exhibit partners include the American Library Association, The Lunar and Planetary Institute, and Afterschool Alliance. Explore earth is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation. We look forward to continuing our STEAM library program with Catch the Science Bug for years to come.
Chris Wallace Goldstein
Chief of Children's and Youth Services Librarian
Woonsocket Harris Public Library
303 Clinton Street
Woonsocket RI 02895
My name is Chris Wallace Goldstein. I am the Chief of Children Services for the Woonsocket Harris Public Library. I have known Kim Bent of Catch the Science Bug for nearly 10 years. Catch the Science bug has performed numerous styles of science programs for school age children including Tap Water, Water Cycle, Science Smorgasbord, What Floats Your Boat? Kim Bent is one of my favorite educators to invite back year after year. Why? Because she is entertaining not only for children but their parents as well. Kim is energetic and informative and knows the importance of hands-on experiments. She can handle a crowd of 100 kids or more just as easily as 20. As an educator for many years, she can easily gage the knowledge level of the audience of the day and adapt her program accordingly. Catch the Science bus educates us all on the wonders of science. The Woonsocket Harris Public Library has already put her on the schedule for 2018 programming as part of a unique grant and traveling exhibit August- October 2018. The grant through the American Library Association is called STAR_Net Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet. Catch the Science Bug is one of our agency partners for this grant. More information about this grant including the schedule of when it will be at our library is available at http://www.ala.org/tools/programming/STARNet-Explore
Ms. Kim and Catch The Science Bug continually went above and beyond to provide my after-school program with engaging science curriculum. I'm the site coordinator of a small after-school program serving 13 at-risk students in an urban area. Science is in our schedule weekly, but to be honest, funding, staffing, time, and resources are always spread pretty thin in our field. These things can make it difficult to provide new and engaging lessons on a consistent basis, but luckily, Catch The Science Bug helped our program overcome this.
Whenever Kim came to the program, I could count on an engaging, hands-on lesson to be presented. Catch The Science Bug had different focuses every year, but every focus kept the attention of all my kids from kindergarten through sixth grade. The lessons presented science as dynamic and engaging, which can be difficult to do with my group of kids after an extended school day. She provided these lessons that were highlights of our academic year, but beyond that, she also gave our program numerous resources to use when she wasn't there. She was always accessible for any extra help I needed, and when at the program, she was happy to do anything that might help the program and lessons run smoothly. For all these reasons and more, I give Catch The Science Bug my highest recommendation.
Rainbow Child Development Center's 2016 "Commit To Be Fit Program" in Worcester, MA was a comprehensive fitness, health and science program that combined varied interactive and engaging exercises, workouts, heart focused breathing techniques, nutrition lessons, and garden soil testing to over 100 low income at-risk children ranging in age from 5 years old up to 13 years old. The eight month program, designed, implemented and executed by Catch the Science Bug provided students the opportunity to increase their: physical fitness, nutrition, ability to handle stress, and knowledge of soil components effect on producing healthy vegetables. In each lesson students learned how to strengthen their muscles and endurance. The varied topics and exercises resulted in students discovering their passion for fitness and how to build a lifelong foundation to a healthy lifestyle. Students learned the importance of water and proper nutrition to help support their exercises with proper fuel for their bodies. The goals and outcomes of the "Commit To Be Fit" program included providing at-risk students the skills and knowledge needed to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes! The objective pre and post data assessments and student evaluations clearly verify that this program will have a positive impact on children and their families for years to come!
Catch the Science Bug is a great addition to my science classroom. It is fun and engaging, yet still hands-on and an investigative approach. Kim's enthusiasm for science is contagious. She takes the students on a real-world application of the scientific method- having them explore their own focus question, formulating their own procedures, exploring the need for variables and controls, and analyzing their data. Through the years, we've had Kim, The 'Science Bug Lady', into our classrooms for several different lessons, and the students have thoroughly enjoyed each one.
The Catch the Science Bug Foundation inspires children to love and learn about science. Educator Kim Bent has given many programs here at our Library on raising awareness of taking care of our planet and to educate future Scientists and Engineers! The programs encourage and help children understand science literacy, raise environmental consciousness, increase awareness of scientists and the type of jobs that they do and increase participation in the math and sciences. Many of our children have "caught the Science Bug" as a result of these outstanding programs!
My kids LOVE Catch the Science Bug's video series and website activities. Although my children are five years apart, they both enjoy the shows and absorb memorable lessons. From pumpkins to salamanders to cardboard boat races, there is something for everyone. We look forward to more!
Catch the Science Bug takes an innovative approach to teaching science to tomorrows STEM employees.
By letting children discover their love of science, students learn useful tools on designing experiments, trial and error, and the importance of data collection and analysis.
Catch the Science Bug makes science accessible to all students while keeping learning fun!
I would highly recommend this program for anyone who wants children to feel encouraged to engage in STEM education.
Catch the Science Bug has come to all 3 of the programs I have worked for. Kim exceeds expectations while working with the children and planning curriculum that coordinates with the theme the classroom is currently working on. Her activities are age appropriate for the age she is working with and she is always well prepared. I highly recommend Kim and Catch the Science Bug.
After many years of having the Science Bug, Kim Bent, come to challenge our second grade students to think bigger and deeper about science topics such as buoyancy, the water cycle and weather, we look forward to having her back. The students are thoroughly engaged in the information she shares and the great hands on activities to solidify the concepts being taught. One of our students' favorites is 'Don't Sink Your Boat' where students get a chance to design a boat out of foil to see how many marbles they can add before it sinks. They get many chances to redesign their boats and have conversations with their peers about what works and what sinks! This is a wonderful program.
Kim is always prepared , adapts her lessons to fit the audience , in our case kids with ASD, and makes science fun and accessible. We've had Kim present to our families multiple times and she never disappoints. She engages with every child in the room without resorting to talking down to children. Her presentations are informative and fun.
Kim presented the "Dinosaur Dig" program at our library this past summer. I was very impressed with her upbeat personality and energy and enthusiasm for the subject and for helping kids discover more about dinosaurs in a fun, engaging and hands-on way. The kids and families who attended all had a wonderful time. I highly recommend Kim and the Catch the Science Bug programming for anyone needing to book a fun and engaging program for kids.
Catch the Science Bug joined us for a Wind Turbine Engineering program. Program kept the children engaged and everyone there enjoyed it! Kim made the effort to learn everyone's name in a short period of time which was great to see. She was enthusiastic and the children learned a lot from her.
Kim of Catch the Science Bug has presented at Summit Montessori in the past and our students and faculty are always thrilled to see her come. Her programs are engaging and the children love learning and working hands on with her.
Kim is a great teacher! The kids are always engaged and interested!
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..
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.
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.
I had a great time. thank you for coming to our classroom. I am going to make more newspaper towers at home.
Science Bug 10/22/2010
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
Kim is GREAT! The activities she prepaired were always fun and engaging. The kids were always excited to learn and participate in the activities.
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.