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Catch The Science Bug Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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..

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I thought this program was extremely educational. I got to observe the teaching in several classrooms at our kids elementary school. Even a year later the kids are still talking about the program and the things they learned. I was also fortunate enough to watch the taping of one of the episodes of this show. The host asked very educational questions which were geared towards the children so they could understand the answers and it was entertaining to keep their interest. I would highly recommend this program it helps the kids learn and peaks their interest in science.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with Kim Brent and her staff was a very positive one. Catch the Science Bug filmed engineers (including me) at my company for a segment on Engineering. While working with Kim, she displayed a professional, dynamic and enthusiastic personality, one that wanted to engage with and expose children to different topics. I was even able to share with my children's Cub Scout group the show on Engineering. It ideally complimented my hands-on demonstration by visually explaining the concepts I verbally explained to them. It helped the boys better understand real world engineering. Thanks Kim and Catch the Science Bug!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know this foundation very well. I know the founder to be absolutely dedicated to the cause of bring quality, educational hands-on programs and shows to children. My children have fallen in love with science in a new way!