CAC has long realized that many schools in East Gainesville were failing on statewide tests. It pointed to the fact that many Black students were neither reading on grade level nor performing on grade level with Math skills. Our goal was to get students comfortable with science at the elementary age, offering innovative ways to make them familiar with scientific concepts through fun hands-on activities.
CAC created “science clubs” for elementary age students that provided opportunities for positive science experiences in after school programs. We began at Rawlings Elementary and Caring and Sharing Schools. Since then we have hosted up to ten Science Clubs each school year at community centers, schools, after-school centers, libraries and Boys and Girls Clubs. We have partnered with UF and Santa Fe students, retired scientist, professors, Sierra Club, Astronomy clubs, community-based organizations and others.
In the Fall 2020, we introduced our Science Bus – a mobile, hands-on science experience for students. Kids throughout Alachua County now get to experience the wonder and joy of seeing science in action. Interactive stations on the bus include physics, biology, astronomy, entomology, geology, food science and so much more. We share books, games, and creative ways to make science fun. Our Art walls and scavenger hunts will give students an opportunity to use their creativity to learn.
We want to thank the hundreds of students who have visited our bus, artists who painted the bus and volunteers who helped create the science stations on the bus, and our generous donors who made it this vision a reality.
HELP US CONTINUE TO OFFER THIS EXPERIENCE TO CHILDREN THROUGHOUT ALACHUA COUNTY
We depend on this community to supply the funds needed to continue offering this program to Alachua County children. Please click here to make a donation or make a check payable to Cultural Arts Coalition and mail to 321 NW 10th St. Gainesville,32601.