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AAAS/Subaru Book Donation - Friendship Public Charter School
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Guest Blogger: Neela White, Outreach and Awards Editor, SB&F

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.


Photo 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.


Posted 17 Jun 2013 1:52 PM by Maria Sosa