My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for CityScience, Brooklyn, NY, USA
One of my favorite things about CityScience is its mission and focus— improving science education in NYC public schools. I am pretty critical of the current curriculum in NYC schools— when I was in elementary and middle school, I never liked science. I thought it was boring, and this was probably because much of my science education was centered around ecology and environmental science. These two fields of science aren't actually boring, but the approach that NYC public schools take to teaching these fields of science is ineffective and only scrapes the surface. Sure, I learned a little about the water cycle in 3rd-6th grade, but it would have been nice to have a greater, more in-depth understanding of the reason why water evaporates, and what this evaporation has to do with the water I boil in a big pot at home. But since my freshman year in high school, I've been in love with science— because of the in-depth lessons I learned and the amazing WHYs of the world that I learned about. If young children learned more about the WHYs of chemistry, like atoms, molecules, chemical reactions, etc.— they would have a greater understanding of the topics and they would be eager to learn more about them. CityScience does a great job of really digging deep into the world of science and pulling out intriguing things about our world, and then teaching kids about these things in an easy-to-understand, interactive, innovative way.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Expand the lessons to even more fields of science— chemistry, neurology, you name it. I do know, though, that because CityScience is still small, it can only do so much for now.
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