BUBBLE Grant Committee Report

    The Santa Clara Valley Section of the American Chemical Society provides elementary and secondary school educators with funds for science programs.  The BUBBLE Grant program was established in 2011 by a $500 donation from ACS member Bryan Balazs of the California Section. His generous annual donations have continued to support the program, which awards up to $500 per year to worthwhile science projects. Grants are awarded  for projects that enhance the teaching of physical, life or earth science.  Qualified uses of the funds are for purchases related to the proposed project such as scientific equipment, instructional materials and/or supplies.

    The 2014 BUBBLE Grant Committee consisted of Rex Maimait, Peter Rusch and myself.   The committee received three applications in 2014, from Piedmont Hills High School, Sequoia  Hills High School and Bret Harte Middle School. We decided to award $250 to Jessica Magallanes, a science teacher at Sequoia Hills High School in Redwood City. The funds will be used to support its STEM Club, which provides after school science learning experiences to elementary students in Redwood City schools.  We also awarded $250 to Hope Oliver, a science teacher at Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose.  These funds will be used to purchase chemicals and science kits to support students' hands-on activities in her physical science classes.
    Assuming that the Bubble Grant program is continued in 2015, I expect to continue to serve on the committee.  Hopefully, Rex and Peter will continue to serve as well.    

    The 2015 Bubble Grant Request for Proposals will soon be posted on the SCV Section's website.  Later in 2015, I plan to set up a committee meeting to discuss our plans for disseminating the request to various sources in the education community.
Joseph A. Castellano, Ph.D., Committee Chairman
50-year ACS Emeritus Member
E-mail: drjcast@aol.com

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