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Review for CityScience, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer at CityScience, and I feel like I am making a difference to the way many students learn science in some public schools. I am a middle schooler myself. I edited a video for CityScience that showed how they helped a school in Brooklyn that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The executive director of CityScience, Thor Snilsberg, always comes up with great ideas. CityScience took the circumstances, and utilized them to create a special learning experience. The elementary students learned about Moons and Tides, Barrier Islands, and the Rock Cycle, by making models, where they could visualize everything. Among those models was one showing the phases of the moon, and one which showed the moon orbiting the earth across from the sun. With this model you can see how these three celestial bodies are aligned during spring tides. The kids went to Brooklyn Marine Park, where they saw salt marshes and barrier islands.

Not only did these kids learn a lot of cool information, they learned useful information that was relevant to them. Everything CityScience teaches to young learners has long term benefits, one of them is instilling a passion for learning, that is universal and applies to all subjects, including science. Volunteering for
CityScience gives me a satisfaction that I am giving my time for a good cause, because many schools in New York City do not have the resources to provide a good science curriculum. CityScience supplements the resources for these schools, resulting in better educated adults, or a smarter generation. What

I think if CityScience had more funding more could be accomplished. One idea I have is that maybe CityScience can acquire 30 or more dissection sets and specimens, and use these supplies to teach kids biology. We can bring the sets to school for a Biology week and let each student to learn anatomy of a frog first hand. I believe in CityScience, and I believe in its leading role in “beefing” up the science education in public schools in New York City.

What is special about CityScience is that it designs hands-on projects so the kids do the science instead of reading dry textbooks and never leaving the classroom.

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Role:  Volunteer