Almost 4 years ago, we started an interesting adventure - a project that combines chess and STEM disciplines, to help girls develop confidence and critical thinking skills and become successful in male dominated areas, like Math, Science, Business and, of course, Chess.
So far, this resulted in three amazing Annual Chess and Science Festivals that became well known not just in Arizona, but around the country. The move to bring more girls into chess and through chess into science has been born! I am now receiving requests to share our experience and help other States to organize similar events.
Meanwhile, our 4th Annual Chess and Science Festival and All-Girls tournament is scheduled for December 3rd, 2016 - just over a month away. As before, it will be held at Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium (Tucson, AZ) and we would need your support to organize it at or above the level of the previous events.
The event will include the All-Girls Chess Tournament, various science exhibits, museum admission, laser shows and more! You can find more details at http://chessandsciencefestival.com/
The funds will be needed for numerous expenses associated with running the event - hiring the tournament director and assistant, covering advertising cost, buying scoresheets and a few replacement chess clocks / sets, trophies, certificates, chess books and science kits for prizes, breakfast for participants and lunch for PhD students who run science exhibits. All the funds we receive are going into the event.
Our previous Kickstarter Campaigns for the event:
RAISING $2,000 or more = SCHOLARSHIPS
I would like to ask you to support special scholarships for the winners of each section... The scholarships in memory of my father.... Sadly, as I was preparing for the event and to run a Kickstarter campaign, my father Mikhail Belakovskiy has passed away on October 14th, 2016. Most of my achievements in chess and in life can truly be attributed to him. An amazing man, with a lot of accomplishments under his belt, he taught me to set the goals high and to persevere.
A strong chess player, beating many chess masters, my father also received a PhD in Economics and was a Professor, Head of the Economic Department at the Odessa National Economics University and Academic of Ukraine.
I would like to keep my father's memory alive and establish "Mikhail Belakovskiy Memorial Scholarships" for the young girls - our Champions, to support their progress in chess and science.
Tentative Scholarship idea:
1st Place in Open Section - $300
1st Place in U800 Section - $200
1st Place in U400 Section - $100
The funds will be given as a reimbursement toward the eligible chess and science related expenses - tournament fees and travel expenses, chess and science books and software, science camps fees, etc...
Risks and challenges
The number of girls participating in the event has been increasing steadily every year, so I don't think there will be any problem with that.
However, due to unforeseen circumstances, this Kickstarter campaign is running late. If the outcome of the campaign is unknown until the very end, I will have a tough choice between ordering what's needed with the expedited shipping, or risk ordering earlier and paying out of pocket.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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