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I will produce a series of YouTube videos on science education in the vein of Carl Sagan or Bill Nye to shop around to the networks.
Steven Maguire
Ottawa, Ontario
2 Team Members

The Project

Many people think science needs to be hard, or boring, or complicated.  That's not true at all.  Science is exciting!  Sadly, enough people have had bad experiences with terrible science teachers that they've missed the chance to discover the amazing things that exist in the world around them.  The end result of this is a society in which scientific literacy is not prized.  In days past, figures like Richard Feynman, Neil Degrasse Tyson and Bill Nye brought science to the public.  However, nobody has stepped up to continue their proud tradition.  Even the specialty networks like Discovery or The Learning Channel would rather broadcast shows about ice loggers or ancient aliens than actual science.  Today, we are stepping up.  We plan to make a series of videos about everyday, accessible science.  The average person might not care about Quantum Thermodynamics, but would probably interested to know how their fridge works.

The host of these videos will be me, Steve Maguire.  I am completing my PhD in chemistry at the University of Ottawa.  I have been passionate about science from a young age.  I have extensive teaching experience in one-on-one tutoring sessions, in lab settings, in group review sessions and as an instructor at the University of British Columbia.  I have been told repeatedly that things seem so simple when I explain them.  I also have a theatre background which has taught me effective public speaking.

These videos will form the core of a portfolio that we can shop around to networks and funding agencies.  With enough public support, we can get science education back onto the air where it belongs.


Expense Breakdown

Campaign funds will be used to purchase a high-end HD video camera and sound gear along with professional editing software to improve our production values.  Other expenses will include props and supplies for demonstrations, travel expenses for location shoots and a modest living for the host.  If the goal is not reached, funds will be returned to donors.  As a valued contributor, you will become Internet immortal on our website.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you feel that our cause is one which interests you, any contribution you are able to make would be helpful and will not go unnoticed. Otherwise, any promotion you are able to provide, be it through Facebook, Twitter, or even word of mouth would be very much appreciated.  Tell your like-minded friends, professional colleagues, labmates, anyone who cares about science and science literacy.
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