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S.P.A.R.K.S. = Science Projects are Really Kid’s Stuff!

Dear S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation,

Because of you, now I think science is AMAZING! Now I have so many questions like what chemicals are in the air, and can two chemicals turn into food, but the best question is WHY IS SCIENCE SO AWESOME?! I loved the experiments you did with our class and loved the energy assembly.  Who knew you could take a leaf blower and turn it into a hoverboard?  Your friend, Bromine Brian, 4th grader

Dear S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation,

I really liked the experiments we did last year . . . so many cool things! You are making our lives super amazing. I liked learning about electricity, blood cells and a lot more. It is just wrecking me to see how things work in nature. You do not know how amazed I feel! Thank you for the great things you did for my education and for me.  – Temperature Talia

College Scholarship Thank You Messages:

  • This is awesome news!  Thanks so much to you and the Foundation Board.  I am very honored and appreciative of the scholarship and it will be put to good use at Moravian College. – Brodie Skrocki
  • Thank you SO much! I am so happy I took a chance and applied! I know I would like to use the money for room and board. Thank you again! I will think of you and the S.P.A.R.K.S. Board of Directors every time I walk into my dorm at Florida Southern College!
    Gratefully yours, Samantha Woerle
  • Wow, thank you so much for selecting me as your scholarship recipient! It is a real honor. I would like my scholarship to go to my tuition at Susquehanna University. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity! – Emma Price

The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation is a dynamic science education non-profit organization (501(c)3) dedicated to strengthening, enhancing and enriching students’ interest in science and STEM in general. To date, we have funded well over $1 million worth of science programs to schools and to income-eligible students.  We are making a difference for students, for schools and for businesses who are desperate for workers with a strong background in the sciences. Education is the key to a student’s future success and a chance for a better quality of life. We can only continue to make a difference with your help!

Our goals: 

  • Inspire lifelong engagement in science at a critical time in young students’ lives.
  • Encourage students to ask questions, think critically and become problem-solving individuals.
  • Provide interactive, hands-on learning opportunities in STEM that extend and enhance the traditional elementary science curriculum.
  • Collaborate with the educational community to strengthen STEM skills for students as future workers in an increasingly STEM-oriented world.
  • Create a safe environment for expanding young students’ comfort with and mastery of the natural world around them

Do students really need more science? Does the U.S. really need more scientists? YES!

  • New reports from the National Research Council and National Governors Association note that there is a high demand for U.S. high school graduates who are prepared to enter advanced schooling and careers requiring STEM knowledge (President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, 2012). In addition, by 2018, there will be more than 2.8 million job openings for STEM workers. Yet there is a shortage of workers with the proper educational background in science.

  • According to ManpowerSurvey, employers are worried about the overall shortage of qualified workers in many of the STEM careers.

  • We need to inspire students in their younger years . . . studies show that students who ultimately decide to take advanced science classes in high school, and major in high-demand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in post-secondary education, tend to get hooked on STEM and make their choices as early as middle school. The elementary and middle school years are the best time to capture students’ interest in and motivation to pursue post-secondary STEM learning.

The S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation responds to the challenge by raising funds to fill the education gaps:

  • We provide our Classroom Visitation Science Programs to elementary schools at no or low cost; we must get students excited about science at a young age and studies show that hands-on science (as opposed to merely reading science texts) increases children’s understanding and retention of subject matter.

    • Our science educators bring with them a strong background in curriculum and teaching. They bring back the wonder of science; the students hypothesize as they experiment and they learn! Students are given the skills they need for success in science and in other areas.

    • Our variety of lessons enables us to provide classroom teachers with many different science topics focusing on whatever needs to be introduced or reinforced.

    • We also provide instructional strategies (professional development) for classroom teachers as we lead the students through lessons and hands-on experiments.

    • We create an opportunity for all students to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment as they execute each experiment and are awed by the results.

  • We also encourage STEM learning outside of the classroom by offering scholarship opportunities to elementary-aged students wishing to attend after-school science clubs or summer science camps but whose families cannot afford the cost

  • We fund college scholarships to high school seniors planning to major in an area in the sciences at an accredited college or university and whose families cannot afford the cost.

Testimonials 

  • “Your team did a fabulous job keeping the students actively engaged while using kinesthetic learning! During the individual classroom lessons I saw a student who never shows much emotion smiling from  ear to ear. That said it all to me that the program was well worth it!” Clay Elementary, Ephrata, PA
  • “Thank you, Solar Sarah and S.P.A.R.K.S., for the wonderful program. The students were beyond thrilled! Bringing these programs into our school exposes these children to experiences they may never get to have. They had so much fun and learned so much.” Heights Terrace Elementary, Hazleton, PA
  • “WOW! That is the first word that comes to mind when I think about our “Matter Monsters” afternoon! My class was the final one to have the lesson and everyone was great about not telling us anything about what was going to happen, so it was a great surprise. “Thank you” just doesn’t seem to be a big enough word, though. Sadly, we teach very little science anymore.  Most of our day is spent teaching reading and math to prepare for the state tests.  A giant thank you to your donors for sending such a wonderful program to our elementary school. We would love to have you back again next year!” – Amanda E. Stout Elementary, Reading, PA

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Your tax-deductible donation in any amount allows us to reach more deserving students.   Please click How to Support go to Donate Now which is also at the top of this page.

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