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Catch The Science Bug Foundation, Inc.

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Causes: Education, Educational Services

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.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Kathleen B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Kim H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Sue Lumsden L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kim is a great teacher! The kids are always engaged and interested!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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..

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Comments ( 1 )

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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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.