Sharing science content with individuals not traditionally part of the scientific community.
Science Book Drive
September to November, MASA coordinated a multi-site science book drive across the Milwaukee area to receive donations for Milwaukee youth. The objective of the Science Book Drive is to build relationships with community partners who share our mission for science education in the Milwaukee area to collectively gather as many books as possible to share with kids who may not otherwise have access to them and inspire excitement for science. Drop-off locations in businesses, universities, education centers, and at local science events encouraged the public to donate their gently used science books. An online Amazon Wish List was created for interested donors to directly purchase MASA selected science books and ship them to our office.
Over 600 science books were collected on subjects we categorized as: biology, animals, astronomy, computer science, the environment, chemistry, human anatomy & physiology, geology, evolution, physics, the health sciences, and famous scientists.
Science Book Bash
In November, MASA held two Science Book Bash events in coordination with Carmen Middle School and High School and Browning Elementary School. This event was shortly following the Science Book Drive, and provided an opportunity for donated science books to be distributed into the community. The objective of the Science Book Bash is to inspire and encourage children and young adults to be excited about science education through hands on science activities and gifted science books to take home with them.
MSOE STEM partnered with MASA at Carmen’s Book Bash on November 7th and lead teams of students through hands-on science activities (Underpass, Splat, and Map Maker) that required creative problem-solving and illustrated some of the trade-offs found in engineering design. Students were then able to browse through the science books and select two to take home with them. Students were very excited for the opportunity to have access to college textbooks.
Browning’s Book Bash on November 17th included hands on activities for the students to spark curiosity and excitement for science. They discovered their own DNA through a DNA isolation activity, played a game to provide a sense of scale to the solar system and individual planets, and made models of the different kinds of bacteria found in the human body. The Book Bash offered the space for the students to be curious and ask all the science questions they wanted. Before they left for the evening, each student was able to select two books or science posters to take home with them. Read more…
Solar Eclipse with American Science & Surplus
Maker Faire Milwaukee
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. The Milwaukee Area Science Advocates participated in the event September of 2017 and taught attendees how to make a microscope using a few resources you can find around your house and the camera on your phone.
On June 11th, 2017, MASA hosted their organization kickoff event at Anodyne Coffee Roasters in Walkers Point. This event was a celebration of the success of the March for Science and an introduction to the mission of the Milwaukee Area Science Advocates. The event was free to the public and activities included science demonstrations by local organizations, a presentation by MASA, voter registration and postcard writing, a panel discussion, a silent auction, a kids science zone, and live music.
The objective of this event was to introduce MASA to the Milwaukee community, connect with local organizations to establish partnership potential, and connect with the community on an important science issue (climate change). Participating organizations and their role in the event is summarized in Table 1.
Table 1. MASA Kickoff Partnerships Summary
|Science Booth Host||Discovery World|
|Science Booth Host||City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office|
|Science Booth Host||American Science and Surplus|
|Science Booth Host||MSOE Center for Biomolecular Modeling|
|Science Booth Host
League of Women Voters
|Kids’ Science Zone||BeeVangelists|
|Kids’ Science Zone||Geologist Kevin|
|Kids’ Science Zone||Tony’s Creepy Crawly Zoo|
|Kids’ Science Zone||Thrive Service Learning|
|Panel Speaker||Dr. Mark Schwartz (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)|
|Panel Speaker||Dr. Thalia Williams (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)|
|Panel Speaker||Hillary Olsen (Milwaukee Public Museum)|
|Panel Speaker||Melissa Tashjian (Compost Crusader)|
|Food, Space Rental
|Anodyne Coffee Roasters
|Food||Blue Cow Creperie|
The kickoff event had approximately 150 attendees and was a great opportunity to begin establishing connections with community members and organizations.
The March for Science – Milwaukee
The March for Science – Milwaukee was organized in coordination with the national March for Science held in Washington, D.C. on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. Over one million people worldwide participated in satellite marches and rallies in the nonpartisan movement with the objective of celebrating science and its role in informing public policy. Advocating for evidence-based policymaking, funding for scientific research, and government acceptance of the scientific consensus on climate change and evolution were the primary catalysts for the March for Science.
Over 100 volunteers helped to make the March for Science – Milwaukee possible. For many of the volunteers, this was their first experience in community organizing. The march was held in Red Arrow Park and included a series of speakers, a photo booth, March for Science and MASA merchandise, and a kids science zone. Following the march, Marcher Meetups were hosted by local restaurants to act as a debriefing location for marchers. Over 3,000 Milwaukeeans participated in the March for Science – Milwaukee.
In 2017, MASA participated in the community events listed below. MASA provided interactive science demonstrations and organization information for volunteer recruitment and upcoming programs.
- Jazz in the Park
- Chill on the Hill
- Milwaukee Bucks Aerospace Jam
- Girls & STEM at Discovery World
- Science Saturdays at Discovery World