The Catch the Science Bug Foundation’s mission is to excite, engage, and empower children, especially under-represented groups like girls and minorities about science and science careers. The goal is that we want kids to KNOW that they too could make valuable contributions to society by utilizing science and related fields in private or professional life, whether it be discovering a cure for cancer or installing a low-flow shower head. Kim Bent, a former scientist and science teacher with a B.S. and M.S. in environmental science, desired to share her love of science with young children. Kim realized that after teaching high school science, if students had a better educational foundation in STEM, high school courses would be not be as challenging and frustrating to students. In 2000, she launched Catch the Science Bug Traveling Programs, where she brought hands-on and interactive science lessons to grades Pre K-8. The success of these educational traveling programs, along with comprehensive evaluations, demonstrated that Catch the Science Bug could reach a larger audience through broadcast. Kim created the non-profit organization, Catch the Science Bug Foundation, Inc. to produce and distribute the television series, entitled Catch the Science Bug. The original pilot was produced under the direction of Rex Trailer, former host of the popular Boston children’s television program Boomtown. The non-profit status became official in December 2004. Grant writing commenced in 2005 as well as filming the first three episodes using volunteers. Nine episodes are now complete and airing via PBS Rhode Island (WSBE). These episodes will be released as downloads SOON!
"I thought you were excellent. Our kids loved it." Wiet Bacheller, Third Grade Teacher, Tisbury Elementary, Tisbury, MA "I really liked it. It was informative. There were many different activities that connected to the video." Maria Burgess, Second Grade Teacher, Mayo School, Holden, MA "Thank you for the terrific programs you presented on Tuesday. Children and adults enjoyed you and the drilling was fantastic. Rebecca and I both loved your presentation and I know the children were excited about their maps." Debbie Foley, Children’s Librarian, Newton Free Library "It was great. Good hands-on. Good audience participation. Engaging." Bonnie Campbell, Third Grade Teacher, Mayo School Holden, MA The preschoolers had a blast. It (the program) kept them engaged the entire time." Jeanine Williamson, Pre-School Teacher Round Hill Nursery School "Good connection to students' understanding. Great multi-media presentation! The hands-on activities were excellent!" Nancy Farrell, Third Grade Teacher, Mayo School, Holden, MA
Silver Choice Parents’ Award 2011 Small Screen for PBS Rhode Island series Silver Choice Parents Award 2010 for Website Top-Rated Educational Nonprofit in the United States Award 2010 by users on Greatnonprofits.org American Library Association Great Website for Kids Award 2009 Martha Stewart's Doer of the Week Award 2009 Worcester Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award 2004 Spirit of the Land Award: Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Education 2002 by the Salt Lake Organizing Committee
BS and MA from Boston College in Environmental Science
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