Inspiring AP Biology Project for Abused Children

In summary, the author is considering hosting a brick-building competition with prizes during the week of "science camp." He has some demonstrations (the "reaction time" dollar bill catching demonstration, for example), but he is feeling hesitant about whether this project is the best place to focus his efforts. He wants to make a difference, but he is intimidated by the odds of actually doing so. He remembers his most inspiring science experience from when he was in elementary school and it was watching a drop of water under a microscope. He found this experience interesting and inspiring even years and decades later.
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For a school project, I am going to visit a local summer program for abused children and am going to bring supplies for and guide them through several simple (elementary to middle school level) experiments and presentations. The one problem is, it is supposed to inspire these kids. I made a list of all of the simple experiments and projects I witnessed (yes, even the volcano) when I was in elementary school, and I thought of most of them as rather uninspiring. If the goal is to inspire these kids to consider going to college and pursuing studies in the sciences, I doubt that these experiments will accomplish the goal. I am considering hosting a brick-building competition with prizes during the week of "science camp." I have plenty of five-minute demonstrations (i.e. the "reaction time" dollar bill catching demonstration), but I have nothing that is truly inspiring. I want to make a difference, but when I think about the odds of actually doing so, I become intimidated. I plan to "put in 110%" effort into this projects, but I am feeling a bit hesitant as to whether this project is the best place to focus my efforts.

In short, should I do this project? If so, do you have any suggestions (maybe give an example of something that inspired you in middle or elementary school)?
 
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i have no concrete examples, but i find astronomy related scientific stuffs very inspiring.

find experiments or other scientific materials about the beauty of the universe, the stars, the planets, and all the phenomenons,...!
 
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The most memorable science experience in my youth was one the class did using baby food jars, grass clippings, water and a microscope. One jar was left open for a week with the grass clipping and water and another was tightly closed. We looked at a drop of water a week later from each jar under the scope. We left the jars for another 2 weeks and analyzed a drop from each again and noted the changes in the populations and species.

WOW! Seeing those critters myself for the first time from something I put together really made an impression. I still flash back to that first experience when I see a drawing of a paramecium in a book. It made studying Biology really interesting... even years and decades later.
 

1. What is the purpose of the AP Biology Project for Abused Children?

The purpose of this project is to provide a safe and supportive environment for children who have been abused to learn and engage in hands-on activities related to biology. It aims to inspire these children to develop an interest in science and empower them to pursue their passions despite their past experiences.

2. How does this project benefit abused children?

This project benefits abused children by providing them with a positive and enriching experience that can help them heal and grow. It allows them to explore the natural world and learn about their own bodies and the world around them. It also gives them a sense of accomplishment and confidence as they engage in hands-on activities and learn new concepts.

3. How will the AP Biology Project be implemented?

The AP Biology Project will be implemented through a series of workshops and activities led by trained instructors and volunteers. These workshops will cover various topics in biology, such as anatomy, ecology, and genetics, and will include hands-on experiments, demonstrations, and discussions. The project will also provide resources and support for participants to continue their learning outside of the workshops.

4. Who can participate in the AP Biology Project?

The AP Biology Project is open to children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or trauma. It is designed for children in elementary and middle school, but older children may also be able to participate. The project welcomes children of all backgrounds and abilities, and accommodations can be made for those with special needs.

5. How can I get involved in the AP Biology Project?

There are several ways to get involved in the AP Biology Project. You can volunteer as an instructor or assistant for the workshops, donate materials or resources, or make a financial contribution to support the project. You can also spread the word and help raise awareness about this important initiative.

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