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An educational series created by and starring an ambitious young boy who has an extraordinary vision.
An educational series created by and starring an ambitious young boy who has an extraordinary vision.
333 backers pledged $38,496 to help bring this project to life.

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Support our pilot for an educational series that will encourage children to discover the “Science All Around Us.”   #scienceallaroundus

UPDATE: FIVE DAYS TO GO AND WE'VE ALREADY REACHED OUR GOAL!

How incredible! THANK YOU EVERYONE for making this dream a reality.

As we mentioned in our Kickstarter pitch, if we raise more than our goal of $35,000 we will use the additional funds to hire a team to create an interactive and fun website that will allow Collin to engage with kids from all walks of life. This will be a state-of-the-art site that will grow along with the series. It will also keep Science All Around Us alive and growing online as we produce the pilot and find the right broadcast outlet for Collin and this series.

So it’s not too late to make a donation or increase the one you’ve already made. And please continue to share this Link and like our Facebook page.

UPDATE: TIME TO HEAR FROM COLLIN on why this project is important to him and why science matters.

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OUR VISION

“Science All Around Us" is an educational series that will inspire kids and adults to learn science by venturing out into the world and experiencing all of what the world has to offer. The series will help reinvigorate a love for learning within children by showing them a world of science through the eyes of a very special boy, Collin Keegan. In each of the twenty-minute cinema vérité-style episodes, Collin will explore various scientific topics. At the beginning of each episode, Collin will encounter a common, every day problem, which he will solve creatively using scientific principles and concepts.

One of our main goals is to demystify science and math in an entertaining and cooperative way so kids will feel inspired to discover new ways of thinking and interacting with science and math. Our target age group is 7 to 12 years old, but the show is intended to also appeal to teenagers and adults as well. Our series is a modern day “Voyage of the Mimi” sans actors. “Science All Around Us” is a revolutionary series because it is a show created by and starring an amazing young boy.

At first glance, he looks like a normal rambunctious eight-year old. He likes wearing a faded red baseball cap. He carries a pen and a notebook in his pocket just in case he needs to draw a diagram to explain a scientific concept to a friend or peer. He has a charming British accent and an endearing lisp. He’s cute—that you’ll be able to recognize easily—but something special sparks inside this small forty-pound boy when he’s sharing knowledge and learning with others. He has a truly infectious joy of learning and an amazing ability to recognize the creative way science affects and shapes our world. Through Collin’s eyes the rudder and steering wheel of a sailboat become a “mechanical connection system.” He knows intuitively the science that propels every day objects, and he applies scientific concepts and principles in a way that’s truly inspiring.

Collin writing in his ever-present notebook.
Collin writing in his ever-present notebook.

WHY MATH AND SCIENCE EDUCATION MATTERS

Studies show American students score lower on tests in math and science than students of other similarly developed countries around the world. In response, our leaders have made proposals for more standardized tests, arguments for the effectiveness of the Common Core and hypotheses about why our students are failing and who is to blame for our educational crisis. As we race to what sometimes feels like the bottom rather than top, we may have lost sight of the most important goal: children who love the experience of learning.

The challenges of the next thirty years and beyond—saving our coastlines, combating climate change, and maintaining a sustainable ecosystem—necessitate daring pioneers of science, technology, engineering and math and more interactive learning models for today’s students. Fortunately, the problems of the future don’t have to be insurmountable if we all keep working at it! We are proposing one way to help combat a multi-faceted and complex issue.

“Science All Around Us” will expose kids to new ways of thinking about science and help kids discover new, more interactive ways of learning for themselves. It's not enough to just read about science. Kids need to discover and experience the science as well. As Harvard professor David Edwards wrote recently, “Learning and doing have become inseparable [today] in the face of conditions that invite us to discover.” Science doesn’t exist only in the pages of textbooks or workbooks. Science is all around us.

OUR HYPOTHESIS: KIDS CAN (AND SHOULD!) TEACH OTHER KIDS TOO.

Captain Tom Ellis and Collin Keegan
Captain Tom Ellis and Collin Keegan

THE PILOT EPISODE

While we envision “Science All Around Us” as a five-part series with each episode focusing on a different topic e.g. Aviation, Transportation, Building or Energy with the end result including a regular distribution for educators to show in classrooms and for parents and kids to watch at home, we need to create the pilot episode right now. What better way to demonstrate the power of our series? This pilot will also help us find a distributor of all five episodes for broadcast on TV or the web. 

To do this, we need to raise $35,000 to produce a video pilot about sailing. Set on the 65 ft. Schooner Thomas E. Lannon out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, the episode begins with Collin describing the rudder and steering wheel as “a mechanical connection system” along with Captain Tom Ellis, who built the Thomas E. Lannon with friends in Essex, Massachusetts. As Captain Tom Ellis and Collin sail the Thomas E. Lannon, the viewers watch as Collin interacts with the sailboat, as he asks questions about how the sailboat works and as he solves common sailing problems. In this series Collin won’t be simply listing scientific principles like Newton’s Laws of Motion or Archimedes Principle, terms that can sometimes intimidate kids who are trying to understand the concepts that are being explained to them. In our pilot, we will demonstrate how Collin makes science accessible and practical, using sailing to explore the physics behind how a sailboat works.

OUR CREW

Our partner for this series is Walker Creek Media,LLC, a production company founded by Nubar Alexanian. Nubar Alexanian is an acclaimed and prolific photojournalist and filmmaker who has worked for magazines in the U.S and Europe for many years. These include The New York Times Magazine, Life, Fortune, Geo, Time and Newsweek, National Geographic and many others. He’s also produced & directed long and short form videos for organizations and companies such as Bose Corporation, American Express, The Conversation Project, Clear View Audio and others. He's been a big supporter of Kickstarter and you can see projects he's backed HERE.

SUPPORT OUR HYPOTHESIS

DONATE Support our project and Collin, an ambitious kid who wants to help make the world a more engaging place for everyone. Kickstarter is all or nothing. We must reach our goal of $35,000 in 30 days in order to receive any of the pledges. Your credit card will not be charged for the amount you specify unless we get all $35,000 or more in funding by November 24th. If you have problems with the payment system, please email us at info@scienceallaroundus.com .

If we raise more than $35,000, we’ll be able to create extra segments in addition to the pilot, which we can share with teachers and students.

If we raise a lot more, we’ll be able to develop our website so students can interact with Collin and his approach to scientific ideas. It will also help us make the pilot available worldwide.

SPREAD THE WORD In addition to your contributions, we urgently need help reaching as many people as possible during our campaign! Please, tell your friends, co-workers, educators and fellow sailors. Send them the link to this page, along with a short personal message about why you hope they’ll join you in supporting Science All Around Us with Collin Keegan. Please post a link to our project on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media websites you visit and encourage folks to support this unique educational series.

STAY IN TOUCH Please visit our website to sign up for our mailing list, and invite your friends to sign up too! That way we’ll be able to keep in touch with important updates. We’ll also be posting news and footage on social media, so “like” and “follow” the links below to share in these experiences. 

            Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter  Thanks!

   Nubar, Tom, Kay, Collin, Cindy, Kevan, Barbara, Amielle, Ian and Steve.

                       REWARDS EXAMPLES

This beautifully illustrated children's book by Pat Lowery Collins about the building of the Schooner Lannon
This beautifully illustrated children's book by Pat Lowery Collins about the building of the Schooner Lannon
Forty-five beautifully reproduced black and white photographs of Gloucester Massachusetts by photographer Nubar Alexanian. Softbound. 10 x 10 inches.
Forty-five beautifully reproduced black and white photographs of Gloucester Massachusetts by photographer Nubar Alexanian. Softbound. 10 x 10 inches.
Collectors Print: a limited edition archival photographic print of The Schooner Lannon, printed and signed by award-winning photographer Nubar Alexanian on 100% rag paper, 17 x 47.
Collectors Print: a limited edition archival photographic print of The Schooner Lannon, printed and signed by award-winning photographer Nubar Alexanian on 100% rag paper, 17 x 47.

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is all or nothing. We must reach our goal of $35,000 in 30 days in order to receive any of the pledges. Once we reach our goal we plan to share the pilot we produce with teachers and students everywhere.

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    A postcard of Collin and Captain Tom aboard the Schooner Lannon with a signed thank-you from both of them.

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    The signed thank-you postcard, your choice of one of three beautiful screen savers of the Schooner Lannon and a shout out on Facebook.

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    A DVD of the pilot, your choice of one of three beautiful screen savers of the Schooner Lannon, the signed thank-you postcard, and a shout out on Facebook.

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    A copy of SCHOONER, a beautifully illustrated children's book by Pat Lowery Collins about the building of the Schooner Lannon, signed by Collin and Captain Tom, the 8 x 10 color photograph of the Lannon, a shout out on Facebook, the DVD of the pilot and the signed thank-you postcard.

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    Your very own copy of the Great Big Book of Mighty Machines by Jean Coppendale and Ian Graham, a copy of SCHOONER, a beautifully illustrated children's book by Pat Lowery Collins, the 8 x 10 color photograph of the Schooner Lannon, the DVD of the pilot and the signed thank-you postcard

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    Two tickets for a 2-hour sail on The Schooner Lannon, the signed 8 x 10 color photograph, the DVD of the pilot, a shout out on Facebook and the signed thank-you postcard.

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    A signed copy of Gloucester Photographs, the out-of-print book by award-winning photographer Nubar Alexanian, the signed 8 x 10 color photograph, a shout out on Facebook, the DVD of the pilot and the signed thank-you postcard.

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    Four tickets for a 2-hour sail on the Schooner Lannon, a big Thank You with your name in the pilot end credits, the signed 8 x 10 color photograph of The Lannon, the DVD of the pilot and the signed thank-you postcard.

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    Six tickets for a 2-hour sail, and a personal sailing lesson with Captain Tom, a big Thank You with your name in the pilot end credits, the signed 8 x 10 color photograph of The Lannon, the DVD of the pilot and the signed thank-you postcard.

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    Collectors Print: a limited edition archival photographic print of The Schooner Lannon, printed and signed by award-winning photographer Nubar Alexanian on 100% rag paper. The Paper size is 17” x 47,” with an image size of 13” x 40. ” (Frame or matte not included.) You also get two tickets for a 2-hour sail on the Schooner Lannon with your photograph taken at the helm by the captain and emailed to you, a big Thank You with your name in the pilot end credits, a DVD of the pilot and a signed thank you postcard.

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    A 2-hour private charter for up to 49 people on the Schooner Lannon plus an Associate Producer credit in the pilot, a DVD of the pilot, the signed 8 x 10 color photograph, a shout out on Facebook and the signed thank you postcard.

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