National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP):

  • Students with a 3.26-4.0 science GPA were rated 'Proficient' (average score: 178/300) on the NAEP Science Assessment
  • Students with a 2.67 or lower science GPA were rated 'Basic' (131/300) on the NAEP Science Assessment

We know if we don't provide it, they won't get it and that's not OK with us.

    We provide merit and need-based support to deserving applicants who have demonstrated:
    • Competency in working with the scientific method.
    • A clear vision for the research to be completed.
    • A plan of action that they will take if awarded a financial grant from Critical Minds.
    • A realistic financial void that Critical Minds can fulfill.
    • A passion for the science they plan to investigate.
    • A willingness to share images and a final report of their progress with us and our donors.
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    We plan to expand our Science Saturdays Programming this winter. If you are an educator and would like a copy of our curriculum we would be happy to send a copy upon request. 

    We directly engage youth in real science in our specialized programs, as you read this we are developing and revising curriculum for each of the following areas:
    We match student applicants who need subject area expertise to a mentor that is willing and able to provide guidance with respect to:
    • Brainstorming reasonable research topic ideas
    • Reinforcement of scientific practice with integrity
    • Collaborating with the student in defining the research scope
    • Serving as a spring board for the student to generate original science research topics
    • Advising with honest and constructive feedback on written work completed by the student
    • Assisting the student in an effective approach to review of data 
    • ​School Based Programs

      • ​Electron Excitement Extravaganza

      • pHading Colors

      • ​Launching into STEM

    • Fund experiments that we find to be dangerous, unethical, or unsatisfactorily planned.
    • Provide facilities for the applicant to work at.
    • Expect your work to go perfectly.

    We support science research work that is done outside the traditional walls of a classroom, not YouTube replications.

      We recognize that the best pathway forward in education is by taking initiative on the fronts that will pay the most dividends. 

      • American children ages 3 -12 spend 27 percent of their time each week watching television, and only 1 percent outdoors (Hofferth & Sadberg, 2001)

      • Children ages 8 – 18 engaged in over seven hours of media time (e.g., watching TV, listening to music, using the Internet/computer, playing video games) each day (Rideout, Foehr & Roberts, 2010)​

        Tell me and I forget;
        Teach me and I remember;
        Involve me and I learn.
        - Benjamin Franklin
        • Science Saturdays

          • ​Ecology in the Estuary

          • Fire and Forestry

          • Wildlife in the Woods


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