Fundraising Ideas For Science Clubs

Science clubs are one of the neatest groups a student can belong to. Being a part of the club allows for educational opportunities that do not really exist in other areas in life. Things like playing with liquid nitrogen, building an electric motor, doing dissections, and studying rockets are all incredibly fun and educational activities that members get to participate in.

To do them though, the club needs money. Obviously any good science club will have membership fees to cover some of the expenses but, if you want to do big projects, like taking apart an engine or dissecting a shark, you will need to have a fundraiser.

When your group leaders and coordinators meet to pick your fund raising program, they will probably all agree that the fundraiser needs to be fun, easy, and raise a good deal of money. The other criteria that is coming more and more into science club fundraiser discussions is whether or not the fundraiser is educational. Since the entire point of your organization is to teach the members, why not pick a fundraiser that does the same thing.

Some of the best fundraising ideas for clubs that focus on science are green fundraisers. There are a lot of options available to groups that focus on biology, sustainability, and energy conservation. With each type of fundraiser, a science lesson can be easily integrated.

One of the most popular fundraisers is a plant fundraiser. The plants can be flowers, trees, and even vegetable gardens. The science club can document the growth rates of the various plants and their yield over time. For the vegetable garden fundraisers, club members can also study the effects of different environments on the vegetables production.

Sustainability fundraisers typically focus on items like plastic bag waste reduction. Have your science club study the effects of each bag in the areas of plastic bag waste and its effect on the environment.

Human Origins – Is Science Right?

One of the most popular kinds of website these days are those providing genealogy records. They help people searching for their ancestral roots. We are uncertain about who we are. We seek identity. Where do we come from? What are our human origins?

Religious view of human origins

Up to about two centuries ago, the religious view prevailed in Western culture. Then, people assumed they were created in the image of God with an immortal soul. They were conscious of their designated place, in the grand scheme of things, as somewhere between the angels and the animals. In short, this Christian worldview gave life its meaning, a sense of our human origins and an outlook people could try to live by.

However, nowadays, in our secular times, we have lost awareness of transcendence and the sense of the sacred. A few people even think humans descend from aliens who visited earth. But even if true this wouldn’t explain how aliens came into existence.

Most people give the scientific way of knowing pride of place. Consequently, the question, ‘Who made us, God or evolution?’ is firmly answered in favour of the latter. In Darwin’s theory there is no room for divine guidance or design.

“We are the only people who think themselves risen from savages; everyone else believes they descended from gods.” (Marshall Sahlins)

The Christian fundamentalists who argue for creationism do religion no favours. They have a literal understanding of the biblical account of the 7 days of creation. So they see this as factual history. (An alternative view they don’t like is that the book of Genesis is a myth conveying a useful psycho-spiritual message relevant to personal growth.) Consequently, the ‘creationists’ make bogus scientific claims. Not surprisingly, these are easily derided by anyone with any sense. As a result, it has become next to impossible for the idea of design within our human origins to gain any kind of fair hearing.

Evolution and our human origins

It seems today that Darwinian evolution is the only possible explanation of life’s start and development. However, Huston Smith in his book ‘Beyond the Post-Modern Mind‘ presents the case for further consideration of a concept of ‘great origins’.

Fossils found in the Earth’s crust show that there have been changes in the constitution of plants and animals, and with the help of radioactive and potassium-argon dating, these have been placed in historical sequence.

Moreover, higher, more complex forms of life (such as human beings) appeared later than simpler ones. All species of life on earth can be traced back through their pedigrees to the simplest forms in which life initially appeared.

Darwin proposed how all this happened saying it did so through natural selection of those fittest to survive working on chance mutations. Darwinism is popular in science because natural selection is purely mechanical and the mutations on which it works do so solely by accident. In other words, biology views the origin and development of human life as an automatic process with no room for divine providence.

Perhaps this is not surprising as all branches of science avoid any account of natural phenomena as having any design. This is because there can be no scientific instruments to observe purpose and meaning. What might be intended is beyond the ability of science to judge empirically.

Criticism of Darwinian evolution

We need to ask questions about any fossil evidence for incremental change.

Geology… does not reveal… finely graded organic change and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against (my) theory.” (Charles Darwin)

Also, there is the question about a lack of fossil evidence for intermediate forms between species.

“Evolution requires intermediate forms between species, and palaeontology does not provide them.” (David Kitts professor of geology University of Oklahoma)

A third concern is to do with non-functionality of changes that only later result in useful new body parts. How can natural selection account for the emergence of complex organs? Ones that are made of many parts that only when they work together after thousands of generations have any use for survival? In the short term what good is half a jaw or half a wing? The module of the brain that governs linguistic ability has no counterpart among non-humans. It’ has appeared in human beings suddenly in its present form.

Huston Smith points out that Darwin’s theory of evolution is rather weak but looks strong because there are no other contenders for understanding our origins.

Non-naturalistic views of human origins

I would suggest that if science has a restricted kind of knowing, then perhaps we need to re-look at other ideas for finding a sense of who we are and where we come from. The trouble with a naturalistic outlook is that it assumes that nothing that lacks any material component can possibly exist.

This way of thinking stops one from considering all sorts of less tangible phenomena – those that involve subjectivity and cannot be seen with any kind of precision, prediction or control. To illustrate, at times we can gain intuitive insight, notice fortunate coincidences, and remember dreams. In addition, we can be surprised by wonder and awe at the life force within nature. We can be willing to surrender ourselves to life’s growth and healing power.

Subjective truth may not prove anything, but it can offer reasons for what to believe. Beliefs about who we are and where we come from. And as such it can guide our decisions and conduct.

Spiritual awareness and our human origins

I would say perceiving in non-naturalistic ways is a sort of spiritual awareness. According to 18th century Swedish philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, the spiritual inflows into the natural. The divine is spiritual, and it endeavours to flow into and enliven the natural. The divine energy is one of love wishing to share its life in human action.

Swedenborg thought that those learned people who study natural sciences are more likely to deny any divine reality due to their focus instead on natural forces. In addition he thought that for the rest of us any negative frame of mind is associated with a materialistic and self-orientated attitude. This he wrote opposes deeper understanding.

“The force or endeavour within the action or movement is, it is plain, something spiritual within something natural; for thought and will are spiritual activities, whereas action and movement are natural ones.” (Emanuel Swedenborg, spiritual philosopher)

5 Practical Steps To Improve Your ACT Science Score

There are two particular skills that you need to cultivate so that you can improve your ACT science score. Mainly, they are your 1) Reasoning skills, and 2) Analytical skills. You should be proficient when it comes to identifying data that are presented in graphs, tables and maps and in interpreting questions logically. If you are keen enough, you will find that most of the problems in the ACT Science test actually provide more information than what is necessary so that you can respond to the test items properly.

Contrary to what many students believe, your knowledge of Science branches such as Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science and Physics will not be tested directly in the Science section of the ACT. Not that you have to be well-versed with every Scientific concept that has been tackled in your high school classes as well. What you have to prioritize in order to improve your Science score are your abilities to reason accurately and solve certain problems using Scientific methods.

Your skills in Scientific reading comprehension will be challenged in the test. You need to be meticulous in analyzing and drawing conclusions from graphs, charts, tables and experimental processes. But you don’t have to fret because the passages in the Science test contain all the information that you need. Here are some tips to help you boost your score in the ACT Science test:

Helpful Tips To Boost Your ACT Science Score

  • Familiarize yourself with the types of questions and passages found in the test. There are 3 types of passages that are featured in the ACT Science test: 1) Conflicting Viewpoints (7 questions); 2) Research Summaries (6 questions), and 3) Data Representation (5 questions). These passages may be presented in a different order, but usually, test -takers are bound to encounter 3 five question sections, along with 3 six question sections and a single section that is comprised of 7 questions in the test.
  • Keep your calm when taking the test. Don’t worry so much if you haven’t brushed up on each and every Science concept taught in your school. You actually don’t need to memorize them in the ACT Science test. Remember to primarily hone your abilities in interpreting and analyzing Scientific problems, and you’ll do fine.
  • Learn proper time management. Note that you have to deal with 7 passages and 40 questions in the Science section in 35 minutes. Time element is thus your biggest hurdle. It also means that you have to be quick in answering the questions if you want to finish the section on time. Be systematic and refrain from lingering on a certain passage. Be quick in your reading by extracting the main points and analyzing figures. Take note of the difficult questions and leave them for the time being as you answer the easier ones. Get back to these tricky items when you have remaining time.
  • Cultivate your test-taking skills by taking practice tests. A reliable way of improving your ACT Science test score is to take real Science tests and solve real Science problems. Just like the actual ACT test scenario, time yourself when taking ACT Science practice tests. At the end of this task, analyze your erroneous answers and decipher why you got them wrong.
  • Ask for the help of a tutor, mentor or your fellow test-takers. You can self-study for the Science section of the ACT test, but getting help from someone who has more authority on the subject or your peers can make a big difference for you to improve your ACT Science score.

Renaissance Science and The Electromagnetic Technology of Platonic Love.

The Fullerene Chemistry life-science of the three 1996 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry was based upon the synergistic engineering principles of Buckminster Fuller, which challenged the basis of 20th Century science. Harvard University’s Novatis Professor, Amy Edmonson in her online book titled ‘The Fuller Explanation’ explains that Buckminster Fuller derived his engineering principles from the mathematics of the Greek philosopher Plato. Most people have heard of the term ‘Platonic love’ and now that Platonic-Fullerene Chemistry has come into existence, we might ask the question, what practical engineering principles might be associated with Platonic love?

To answer that question we can examine how the new chemistry challenges the general understanding of modern science. The NASA High Energy Astrophysics Division library has published papers arguing that the Platonic tradition of Greek philosophy was based upon fractal geometrical logic. All life-sciences within the present accepted understanding of science, can only be about species moving toward extinction. This is because Einstein’s ‘Premier law of all Science’ demands the total destruction of all life in the universe when all of its heat is radiated away into cold space. On the other hand, Plato’s ethical logic is based upon fractal geometry, which we know extends life-science to infinity. The New Measurement of Humanity Project at the University of Florence, on September 24th 2010, was honoured with the Georgio Napolitano Medal on behalf of the Republic of Italy. The Project’s upgrading of quantum mechanics to quantum biology, agreed with Plato’s logic.

The practical engineering principles we seek, belongs to the difference between aesthetics and ethics. Ethics can now be considered to be part of science itself, rather that being considered to be only about how we use science. We can explain the difference in simplistic terms rather than complex electromagnetic biological terms that belongs to quantum biology. We know that the old chemistry we have, does indeed obey Einstein’s law of Universal decay. However, we know from the discovery of Sir Isaac Newton’s unpublished papers, discovered last century, that Newton held the firm conviction that a more profound natural philosophy existed to balance the energy decay of the mechanical universe. Newton’s principles, responsible for this balance, belonged to Plato’s lost ‘Science for ethical ends’.

During the 18th Century, the philosopher Immanuel Kant defined aesthetics as the theory of art appreciation, but he also sought ethics technology from within the electromagnetic theories of his day, an electric motor to make the one we know as a child’s toy by comparison. Kantian aesthetics in the 21st Century has become the basis of a moral logic to guide various types of organisations. An interest in ethical electromagnetic biological science is re-emerging, because of the new Platonic-Fullerene Chemistry.

Any aesthetic consciousness in the beauty of, say, a painting of a lovely mountain range with majestic waterfalls, is about seeing beauty in decay, the waterfalls are eating away at the structure of the mountain. The aesthetic feeling, therefore, belongs to the material world of destructive reality, but it inspires a peaceful harmonic creative intuition in the mind. The Nobel Laureate in Medicine, Svent-Gyoergyi, was so insistent that this material decay was balanced by the evolution of consciousness, that he called scientists who did not realise this, crazy apes and wrote a book with that title. We can now begin to think that the mental harmonics associated with mareialistc aesthetics and the evolution of the mind, might have some great universal ethical purpose and begin to look for the new technologies that Immanuel Kant intuitively glimpsed. This is about the optical spiritual, or holographic, engineering principles that Plato wrote about.

The harmonic balancing of the decay of matter with Sir Isaac Newton’s more natural profound balancing philosophy, describes some sort of entanglement between the the energies of decay and evolving creative consciousness. This is known as quantum entanglement, a process existing between quantum mechanics and quantum biology. The biologist Dr Carl Johan Calleman, author of the book ‘The Purposeful Universe’ has quantised the functioning of the human cell. This allows us to identify the rather incredible nature of Immanuel Kant’s sought for ethical electromagnetc ethical technology.

Dr Callerman notes that the male sperm propels itself to the ovum by a tiny electromagnetic motor, which is driving its tail. Upon entry to the ovum, the male motor morphs into a balanced Yin-Yang motor of life. This spark of life programs a universal message of evolution to the first bone created within the embryo, the sphenoid bone. The sphenoid vibrates with the seashell design of the inner ear, to provide the electromagnetic music of life that Plato referred to as Pythagoras’ Music of the Spheres. Dr Richard Merrick of Texas University, in his book ‘Interference’ has mapped out the electromagnetic functioning of the Music of the Music of the Spheres within the functioning of evolving consciousness.

The Science-Art Research Centre of Australia discovered the mathematical structure of the Music of the Spheres governing the evolution of seashells through millions of years through space-time The discovery was reprinted by the worlds largest technological research institute IEEE SPIE Milestone Series in Washington in 1990. In 1995 the work won the Institute for Basic Research’s Biology Prize for the discovery of new physics laws governing optimum biological growth and development through space-time. Since then, it has been discovered that the human sphenoid bone sings the same Music of the Spheres song of life, meaning that it is now possible to discover a practical technology from what was once called Plato’s optical spiritual engineering principles.

The Science-Art Centre obtained experimental evidence by using special 3-D Glasses, of the existence of Plato’s spiritual optics by discovering that, over the centuries some artists had unconsciously depicted holographic images into their paintings. The new technology is about humankind’s evolving understanding of the nature of Einstien’s protege, David Bohm’s, infinite holographic universe. Now that the difference between aesthetics and ethics is understood, humankind is poised upon the threshold of what buckminster Fuller referred to as Uopia or Oblivion.

Within the Platonic tradition of Greek philosophy, Aristotle’s ethical science was designed to become the basis of an ennobling medical politics for the health of the universe, so that the universe would not allow civilisation to become extinct. The Platonic-Fullerene Chemistry is part of that political medical science and it has no place for any aesthetic obsession to dominate politics or religious persuasions. For example, aesthetical appreciation of blond blue eyed people becoming a master race is not ethical, as also was using the aesthetics of Angel Physics to legalise the torture and burning alive of countless women and children as witches.

The 2008 Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine Dr Luc Montagnier, is among an emerging group of scholars who claim that evidence has been obtained to show that DNA can transport imprints of itself electromagnetically. To make teleportation ethical it would be necessary to change the general assumption that nature will find some way to cull overpopulation. Transparent global medical scientific research, available to the people must come into existence to allow ethical debate on such issues to occur. That very process, acting in defiance of being governed by the present understanding of unbalanced entropic decay, will demonstrate the existence of new technologies, for the betterment of the human condition, far beyond the ability of an entropic mindset to even imagine.

Professor Robert Pope (C)