The Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear has kicked off the “Make Science Happen” campaign, raising funds for a third consecutive year of high school science grants in New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties.
High School Science grants! Cape Fear area teachers: need money? Tell HFCF and the March for Science organizers why in one easy page and we might just send you a check.
Need science lab equipment? Want to take an awesome science-related field trip? The possibilities are truly limited only by your imagination.
We understand that department budgets are negligible at best, and that creative teaching takes a hit because resources are limited. We want to make a difference by awarding science program grants in the Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick county high school systems. Our grant requests are simple because we know your time is precious. One page, no crazy budget forms, and a quick signature from your principal. Mail it in and we’ll do our best to respond within 30 days.
Find out more at http://capefearhumanists.org/?page_id=835
(Note, with a nod to science teachers who have taken issue with the above image: the use of proper safety equipment, including protective eyewear, is suggested.)
Contributed by Ed Tilley
I have read in the media, including our local paper, lots of talk about prayer.
Prayer, in my view, is magical thinking.
I suppose people who practice it do so with good intentions. I am not sure how they explain why some people who pray suffer dire consequences. I suppose they attribute it to a higher plan.
I am not a fan of magical thinking for two reasons.
One is that it avoids the hard work. Science is hard work. It is going to be the hard work and difficult decisions that will address climate change.
Two is that it absolves humans of responsibility. I am reminded of the student who prays before a test as they have not studied. For some reason the student feels she/he can avoid responsibility for poor study habits. We humans use it to avoid responsibility for the work needed for peace and justice.
I remain hopeful about the future. I do so not because of some grand plan. I do so because humans adapt. We need science and reason to address the issues confronting us. If we do use them, we will succeed.
Wilmington’s March for Science was short on only one thing: time.
With 750 sign-carrying marchers, a packed auditorium, and an overly-ambitious roster of speakers, organizers opted to cut the pre-March program short. That left half a dozen speakers on the rally equivalent of the cutting room floor.