WELCOME to Science All Around Us with Collin Keegan
Science All Around Us is an educational series that will inspire kids and adults to learn science by venturing out into the world and experiencing all of what the world has to offer. The series will help reinvigorate a love for learning within children by showing them a world of science through the eyes of a very special boy, Collin Keegan. In each of the twenty-minute cinema vérité-style episodes, Collin will explore various scientific topics. At the beginning of each episode, Collin will encounter a common, every day problem, which he will solve creatively using scientific principles and concepts. One of our main goals is to demystify science and math in an entertaining and cooperative way so kids will feel inspired to discover new ways of thinking and interacting with science and math. Our target age group is 7 to 12 years old, but the show is intended to also appeal to teenagers and adults as well. Our series is a modern day “Voyage of the Mimi” sans actors. “Science All Around Us” is a revolutionary series because it is a show created by and starring an amazing young boy.
Meet Collin Keegan. At first glance, he looks like a normal rambunctious eight-year old. He likes wearing a faded red baseball cap. He carries a pen and a notebook in his pocket just in case he needs to draw a diagram to explain a scientific concept to a friend or peer. He has a charming British accent and an endearing lisp. He’s cute—that you’ll be able to recognize easily—but something special sparks inside this small forty-pound boy when he’s sharing knowledge and learning with others. He has a truly infectious joy of learning and an amazing ability to recognize the creative way science affects and shapes our world. Through Collin’s eyes the rudder and steering wheel of a sailboat become a “mechanical connection system.” He knows intuitively the science that propels every day objects, and he applies scientific concepts and principles in a way that’s truly inspiring.
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Studies show American students score lower on tests in math and science than students of other similarly developed countries around the world. In response, our leaders have made proposals for more standardized tests, arguments for the effectiveness of the Common Core and hypotheses about why our students are failing and who is to blame for our educational crisis. As we race to what sometimes feels like the bottom rather than top, we may have lost sight of the most important result: children who love the experience of learning.
The challenges of the next thirty years and beyond—saving our coastlines, combating climate change, and maintaining a sustainable ecosystem—necessitate daring pioneers of science, technology, engineering and math and more interactive learning models for today’s students. Fortunately, the problems of the future don’t have to be insurmountable if we all keep working at it! We are proposing one way to help combat a multi-faceted and complex issue.
Science All Around Us will expose kids to new ways of thinking about science and help kids discover new, more interactive ways of learning for themselves. It’s not enough to just read about science. Kids need to discover and experience the science as well. As Harvard professor David Edwards wrote recently, “Learning and doing have become inseparable [today] in the face of conditions that invite us to discover.” Science doesn’t exist only in the pages of textbooks or workbooks. Science is all around us.
KIDS CAN (AND SHOULD!) TEACH OTHER KIDS TOO.
THE PILOT EPISODE
While we envision “Science All Around Us” as a five-part series with each episode focusing on a different topic e.g. Aviation, Transportation or Energy with the end result being a regular distribution for educators to show in classrooms and for parents and kids to watch at home, we want to create the pilot episode right now. What better way to demonstrate the power of our series? This pilot episode will help us find a distributor for all five episodes.
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Nubar, Tom, Kay, Collin, Cindy, Kevan, Barbara, Amielle, Ian and Steve.