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To celebrate the end of the school year, Junior Scientists @ Iracambi are going to work with local community kids on their first ever Rainforest Art project: a fun way of raising awareness about the Atlantic Forest in which we live.
In collaboration with Partners of the Americas, the Parish of Our Lady of Rosário in Rosário da Limeira, and our local partner schools, a group of Junior Scientists will select and research one of their favorite rainforest animals and learn about its habits. Then, with help from our talented and artistic nursery manager Toni, they will make masks of their animals. Next, they will work with teachers to create a play involving the things they’ve learned as Junior Scientists. They’ll give a performance in the town square to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity and how human beings interact with nature. Finally they will paint a mural on the wall of the parish house, so that everybody will be reminded of the importance of the rainforest.
So we’re launching a funding drive to help us cover the costs of materials for the masks and murals, and to pay for transportation, snacks and other expenses.
Wednesday October 17th is the day when all online and paypal donations are matched 30 percent by Globalgiving! We’re very excited about that and our aim is to get as many donations as possible on that day. But, of course, we are thrilled to get any and all donations at any time. And – any new recurring donations this month will be matched! So please follow the link http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/brazils- junior-scientists-restore-rainforest-iracambi/ and help us paint the town.
Special note to our supporters in the US. You can donate via mobile phone: simply text GIVE 7852 to 80088 to donate $ 10 to the Junior Scientists @ Iracambi! You can even do it up to three times in one day.
A big thank you to Partners of the Americas (POA,) GlobalGiving and all our supporters worldwide. We’ll let you know how the project goes and look forward to working with you in the future.
After a rainy winter break, the Junior Scientists have come back to continue their studies! After a few struggles with organizing equipment, they have been taking measurements for pH, turbidity, conductivity, temperature, flow, and dissolved oxygen. By going to different sites around Iracambi, they can compare what makes the measurements different: for example, is being downriver from a cow pasture different than being upriver? The kids learn about all kinds of cause and effect, and how our own activities might affect what's happening in the landscape around us.
The data stores are becoming quite impressive! With all the information the Junior Scientists have gathered about the natural world, they're becoming experts in rainforest management!
We'd like to extend a thanks to everyone who's helped make this wonderful program possible: GlobalGiving, the teachers at the schools, the bus drivers, the Junior Scientists themselves, and of course, donors like you!
As the clock struck 3:00 Monday afternoon, the sounds of children's voices could be heard leaving the forest trails and heading for the computer labs. The Junior Scientists were about to embark on a different journey; a cyber-journey, to be exact. In a real-time meeting with fifth-grade students in Portland, Oregon, the Scientists excitedly shared stories of the forests with children from what seemed like another world. Using Skype technology, the Portland students told the Scientists the wonders of the American Pacific-Northwest forests, forests drastically different from those found in Brazil. Eagerly listening to the students as though they were in the same room, the Scientists then took the stage, telling of their own adventures and experiences amidst the Atlantic Forest. "Most of these students have never seen anything like a Skype conversation," said Robin Le Breton about the Junior Scientists. "It's going to be a real experience to see how they react to this type of environment." But the students' reactions, from Oregon to Minas Gerias, far exceeded any expectation, proving that passion for environmental education is universally possible, unencumbered by barriers of language and nationality. Meeting with the Portland students marked the beginning of a new fundraiser boost. Aiming to raise $5000 for the Junior Scientist project -- in order to bring in 50 new students to the program -- Iracambi is now seeking support to train the next generation of Brazilians to care for a protect the Atlantic Forest. Because gifts given on June 13 qualify for 40% of matching funds, Iracambi is pushing to rope in donations then; but, of course, any and all donations, given at any time, are equally appreciated. Iracambi also launched a text-messaging based giving circle, where US mobile users can text GIVE 7852 to 80088 to donate $10 to the Junior Scientists. Hoping that this technology will help rally support for the program, the Center is crossing its fingers, working hard to find those who will help the children help the forest.