Guest Blogger: Neela White, Outreach and Awards Editor,
When I was asked to coordinate book donations for DC-area
schools as part of my role as Outreach and Awards Editor with SB&F, I
thought, "this is perfect!" I currently work with area elementary and
middle schools on two other grants that are partnered with AAAS, and I knew
that each of these schools would greatly benefit from the highly-recommended,
peer-reviewed books offered by SB&F.
My first school was an easy, and quick decision. I contacted
a colleague that I've worked with for the past three years, Mr. Javaris Powell.
Mr. Powell is the SMARTLab Facilitator at Friendship, Blow Pierce in N.E.
Washington, DC, a current NSF-sponsored, GET SET (Global Education for Tomorrow
in Science, Engineering and Technology) participant. When sharing with him the
books that SB&F would like to
donate, I saw the excitement brewing. "Why don't we make the donation take
place during our Neuroscience Week?," he stated. Of course!
Javaris coordinated the Neuroscience Week the previous year,
as a way to share science outside of the normal classroom setting, and to bring
STEM professionals to engage the students on the brain and brain awareness. The
2012 Neuroscience Week was highly attended, and he anticipated approximately
500 students, teachers and parents would participate this year. So it was
decided: the books would be delivered and displayed at the school throughout
the week-long event.
In early May, students at the Friendship Public Charter
School, Blow Pierce campus in N.E. Washington, DC were treated to a book
donation of current and past AAAS/Subaru SB&F prize-winning books. The
books were donated during the school's 2nd annual Neuorscience Week, which has
been coordinated for the past two years by Blow Pierce SMARTLab Facilitator,
Mr. Javaris Powell.
Book titles from the following AAAS/Subaru SB&F
prize winning children's categories were on display for the event: Hands-On
Science Books; Children's Picture Books; and Middle Grades Science Books. Mr.
Powell praised 2013 Middle Grades Science Book winner, Sy Montgomery's, Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows
Embraced Autism and Changed the World, for its ability to invoke discussion
about autism and brain function.
Caption: 7th grade science fair winners, Robbi Greenwald and Brenna Ratiff with
their new, Exploratopia books.
A special recognition was held during the Community
Neuroscience Night, where students who were top achievers in the 2013 school
science fair were awarded with copies of the 2008 Hands-On Science Book winner,
Exploratopia, by Pat Murphy that contains
"more than 400 kid-friendly experiments and explorations for curious minds." The
winners were thrilled with the book and looked forward to reading, and trying
out some of the experiments. Following the Neuroscience Week display, the remaining
books were given to the Friendship, Blow Pierce library where all the students
can enjoy and learn from them.
The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science
Books celebrate outstanding science writing and illustration for children and
young adults. Many thanks to our sponsor, Subaru for making these contributions
possible. Nominations are now open for the 2014 prizes. For more information on
the SB&F Prize, please visit:
Photo Credit: Javaris Powell, Friendship Public Charter
School, Blow Pierce campus.
17 Jun 2013 1:52 PM