MARCH MADNESS: Brackets Benefitting STEM Education. Play with Darwin’s Balls!
It’s March which only means one thing here in Fighty Squirrel land!
Basketball and funding science for awesome kiddos!
March is hands down my favorite month because each year it gives academics a chance to give back to the wee scientists in training while having a blast seeing how their science heroes fare in the CBS Bracket Challenge. Over the last five years we have raised over 20 freaking thousand dollars for 50 projects from butterflies for kindergarteners in Bed-Sty, telescopes for fifth graders in Compton to iPads for a special needs science outreach program in Miami. Last year alone we raised $11,000 and funded 17 projects!
How do you get in on this awesomeness? Just chip in $10/bracket for a maximum of three brackets over at some preselected projects for high poverty K-12 kids in STEM and enter a bracket in our Darwin’s Balls bracket challenge.
Selection Sunday is this weekend, so quick like a bunny, hop over to HERE and register. CBSSports will send you more info on how to make your bracket go live this weekend.
After you registered, pick one of your favorite projects from below and make a donation. Take a screen shot, hashtag it #DarwinsBalls and post it on Twitter or the social media platform of your choice to help us drum up support for this great cause AND win prizes.
Be sure to keep an eye out for science super mensches like:
- Marina Picciotto – Yale neuroscientists and Journal of Neuroscience Editor in Chief 🔬
- Paul Brookes – U of Rochester fraud-buster-ball-of-cardiac-awesomesauce ⚗
- Drugmonkeyblog – My BFF who introduced me to Donors Choose 🐵
- Janet Stemwedel – Philosopher and do gooder 😇
- Gertyz – Feisty twitter stick who started this with me years ago 🦄
- Melissa Bates and Strange Source – power couple of hilariousness 🥂
- Rick Bevins – fish slayer and reigning Darwins Balls master 🐟
- Katherine Hartmann – good sport, raiser of eyebrows and dean of chancellors or something very important at Vanderbilt 😎
We’ve also had the Eisen brothers, Gina Baucom and many more join us over the years to make this happen. 💕LOVE YOU GUYS!! 💕
What does playing with Darwin’s Balls get you? For one thing, a sense of well being that your money is going directly to teachers and kids. If that’s not incentive enough, we have PRIZES! Like, unbelievable prizes. Stickers, twitter fame, fancy certificates, plush hamsters…pretty much everything dang thing you need to make your life academic life complete.
Donors Choose Projects You Can Donate To:
LAST MINUTE SPRINT!!
FUNDED! Rewards for math learners!
FUNDED! Timers for STEM test takers
FUNDED! Alaska Kids Wanna Explore Architecture…HELP em 😉
FUNDED! Ms Welch’s class wants to learn about ecology based on the novel Hoot. Let’s help them out!
Pick one of these project that resonates with you, capture a screen shot and #DarwinsBalls hashtag it so we can get this science party rolling!!
Post questions below or tweet at me @mclneuro.