Kids for the Carribean
CAR TALK: Kids for the Carribean (Disaster Relief)
We are going to be supporting our neighbors in the Caribbean. There was a big hurricane there and the people there are in need of supplies to help them (reassure them that we almost never have hurricanes in Charlottesville if they are worried).
It’s important to help people both that are close to us and that are far away. What are ways that you helped people close to you today? It is cool that you can help people both in your close community as well as hundreds of miles away!
The stuff we bring is going to be taken to DC and then Puerto Rico and then St. Thomas- all by volunteers all over the country. It’s cool that so many people want to help at a time like this. It makes me feel good about the people in the world and like people would want to step up and help us if we ever needed it, too.
Families in Action: Welcome Fundraiser Fall 2017
Welcome to Families in Action Chikapig Party for the Women's Initiative and Ready Kids! Please remember to talk to your kids about WHY we come to each event. This will instill in them the importance of volunteer work and giving to our community so that they will make it a regular part of their lives =) Key thoughts for this week:
- We are making Families in Action a priority today because we think helping other is a priority in life! Life gets super busy sometimes, but we think it is important to slow down and make sure we are being thoughtful and giving members of our community. Even when it gets hard, we take the time to give to others.
- Fundraising is fun! We are going to play boardgames and hang out with our friends in order to raise money to help families who are in need right now.
- Look around at the event. See if there is anyone new that you would like to get to know! How would you go up and talk to them? What would you say? How are you going to respond if someone comes up to talk to you? Lets all try and meet one new person today!
Families in Action: Stars for Science
During Stars for Science, a representative from the Center for Open Science https://cos.io will talk to parents at Stars for Science while children participate in a demonstration of the planetarium show offered in Virginia Discovery Museum’s traveling StarLab http://www.vadm.org/starlab
Major Themes of Stars for Science
The scientific method has provided scientists with a process for experimentation that allows them to answer questions in a methodical way. The steps are: observe; form a question; form a hypothesis; conduct an experiment; analyze the resulting data; draw a conclusion.
It’s important for us to be able to rely on the conclusions scientists make when they are following the steps of the scientific method. These conclusions help us make important decisions about our family’s health and values, and about our communities and environment.
Accepting that scientific facts exist allows us to have meaningful conversations with people who disagree with our viewpoints. Disagreement can be healthy and can help us improve our communities.
It’s fitting that we’re learning about outer space tonight because astronomy was one of the most contentious areas of science hundreds of years ago. Galileo was a famous scientist who disagreed with the conclusions made by the prevalent scientists of his day. He was bullied by these scientists and by the authorities at the time, but because he was brave and believed in the importance of scientific fact, we know understand much more about the universe around us.
Our current government is ignoring facts about the world around us relating to climate change. Several years ago, scientists started to wonder whether the world was getting warmer, and whether humans were causing some of that warming through pollution and other harmful environmental activities. These scientists proved, through hundreds of experiments, that humans are making the earth warmer, and also that humans could make changes to their behavior that would help stop our climate from changing. Despite these scientific facts, our government denies that climate change exists and has recently made decisions to eliminate many of the laws that we feel are important to protect our environment.
Supporting Science in Our Community
The Virginia Discovery Museum’s StarLab is a traveling planetarium that visits schools and community organizations around Charlottesville. This traveling exhibit allows many students who have never visited a planetarium to see what the starry skies look like, and to learn more about our solar system.
The money that we are raising tonight will help bring StarLab to more students who have not had the chance to see it, and who would otherwise have a hard time affording this privilege.
We are lucky to have educational opportunities available to us in our community and need to constantly remember those who don’t have such access and think of ways we can change this.
This event is one of several fundraisers that Families in Action has done over the past two months. Your family may have been involved in the Party for a Purpose that helped raise money to send refugee children to summer camps; may have helped make and then sell tamales to start an emergency fund for families affected by immigration actions; or may have helped start seeds for Charlottesville’s urban gardens. Fundraising allows us to get educated and involved in causes that matter deeply to people in our community and doing this type of thing as a family is important.
Marching for What Matters
Scientists around the country are organizing for the national March for Science in Washington and in other locations across the country on April 22.
The March for Science will illustrate to elected officials and to the country how much people support the nation’s scientists and the processes that they use to come to conclusions that drive our decision-making (or should).
Additional Conversation Starters
Let’s think about some of the important things that scientific research has taught us! (e.g. medicine, earth science, how to take care of animals, what is good for our bodies)
Are there some people that you have learned about that have done a really good job of taking action for something they believe in? (You can talk about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, many politicians, etc.) It’s kind of cool that we are doing the same thing!
Are there things in our world that we may take for granted (for instance, a trip to a museum) that would feel special for other families? What can you do about this?