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Today’s students are facing an unprecedented challenge when it comes to learning science. A recent Los Angeles Times article indicated California students are struggling to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted nationally in 2013. These standards were designed to teach core scientific concepts via hands-on activity. Unfortunately, with limited budgets for scientific materials and space to store materials for multiple classes of up to 40 students, meeting the standards has so far been a challenge. Now, with students completely out of the classroom for the remainder of the school year thanks to COVID-19 upending life as we knew it, limited materials available at home, and parents’ lack of comfort teaching STEM subjects, achieving these standards could be completely out of reach for many students.

Interestingly, the LA Times article cites a specific example from the fifth-grade test which asks students to engage in “ordering the stages of a plant’s life cycle on a diagram.” This very topic is brought to life through the hands-on activities included in iSprowt’s first kit! In kit 1, kids in kindergarten through fifth-grade sprout herb seeds, plant them in soil, place them in a sunlit window, water them, and track their growth. By kit 4, the fully grown herbs are harvested and the kids learn to make their very own pasta sauce — completing the life cycle of the plant with hands-on activities they will be able to recall when it’s time to take the standardized NGSS test. Activities like this example also help students understand how science applies to them as a regular part of life in their home and their community. 

With iSprowt’s new Donate the Gift of STEM program, you can help students bring these core scientific concepts to life. iSprowt was designed to help children achieve their highest potential in school and in life through hands-on, fun, STEM kits which include experiments, easy-to-follow instructions, and materials mailed directly to their homes monthly. iSprowt kits get them unplugged and experimenting in exciting ways. 

Knowing that many families are experiencing serious financial difficulty, we decided to take action. Here’s how you can help support children during this crisis:

-Donate kits to children in need and help decrease their risk of falling behind during COVID-19 school closures by purchasing a kit via the link below and selecting “donate” at checkout. We are partnering with schools to provide donated iSprowt kits directly to the students who need them most.

-For every 100 kits donated, iSprowt will donate an additional $500 of iSprowt kits.

-Help spread the word about iSprowt and our Donate the Gift of STEM program. Email your friends, share on social media, and talk to your family members about this program during your next family video chat – encourage them to donate kits as well! 

This crisis has shown us just how essential it is to have a future workforce with a passion for STEM. Together, we can spark that passion and build a solid STEM foundation for students all over the country.  

Educational Gifts for Kids: Donate the Gift of STEM to a child in need, visit the page here.

We hope that this message finds you and your family well. As many of you know, we launched iSprowt to help children achieve their highest potential in school and in life through hands-on, fun STEM kits that get them unplugged and experimenting in exciting ways. Little did we know that just weeks after launching iSprowt, COVID-19 would upend the world as we knew it.

COVID-19 has shaken families and communities- from school closures to parents teaching and working from home to the uncertainty of what the future holds. All of this weighs on us, as parents and advocates for education, heavily.

Knowing that many families are experiencing serious financial difficulty, we decided to take action. We want to share with you how we plan to help support children through this crisis:

  • Today iSprowt is launching Donate the Gift of STEM– an initiative to put STEM experiments in the hands of children in need.
  • Donating kits to children in need could decrease their risk of falling behind in school during COVID-19 school closures.
  • We are kicking off this program by donating $1,200 in iSprowt kits to children in need in Los Angeles by working with local schools.
  • Going forward, for every 100 kits donated, iSprowt will donate an additional $500 of iSprowt kits.

For educational gifts for kids, consider our Donate the Gift of STEM program that benefits a child in need. Please visit the page here.

We want to thank you for being with us on this journey. 

All our best,
Juliana, Rob, and Robbie Sherwood 

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