Science Kits for Haiti

#03: Science Kits with Love from Kansas to Haiti

Matt Clay (@clayscience) is a science teacher in Ness City, Kansas and a doctoral student in education at the University of Northern Colorado researching environmental experiences. Matt is helping his science students create science kits for students in Haiti.

So many bored, unexcited students. Today’s students want to do meaningful work in all of their subjects. But it can be so hard for teachers to relate their content to real world problems.

Matt and his class have set up a funding page to help send their science kits to Haiti at

Remember that from February 1-3, a review in iTunes is two entries in the drawing for the MakerBot Replicator Mini+ give away. See details at the bottom for how to enter.

In today’s show, Matt Clay talks to Vicki Davis on 10MT about how he saw a need and is rallying his science classes to meet that need.  Topics include:

  • How Matt helped his students care about a school in Haiti
  • How students and parents are getting excited
  • The problems with creating a social entrepreneurship project like this one
  • How any teacher can do this in their classroom

I hope you enjoy this episode with Matt Clay!

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Transcript #03: Science Kits with Love from Kansas to Haiti

Full Bio

Matthew Clay

Matthew Clay is a secondary science teacher at Ness City, Kansas Schools and a doctoral student in education at the University of Northern Colorado researching environmental experiences. His wife, Krysten, is a special education teacher and they have two sons, Malachi and Merrick.

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  • MakerBot Replicator Mini+ Giveaway Contest Rules
    • Manner of selection of winners: All classroom teachers with a valid Twitter or Instagram handle who leave a review on iTunes for the 10-Minute Teacher show will have their handles put into a random drawing to determine the winner. Those who leave a review between 2/1/2017 and 2/3/2017 will have two entries for each review. The winner will be required to verify that they are a classroom teacher and that the MakerBot Mini+Replicator will be used in the classroom. Or, if the winner is not a classroom teacher, we must verify with an appropriately designated principal or administrator of the location in a classroom where the device will be placed. Winning another prize during the contest period from the 10 Minute Teacher Show does not exclude the winner from winning this prize. All reviews of the show are eligible for entry.
    • Geographic Area and Eligibility: Due to shipping costs, this contest covers the United States and Canada. Classroom teachers or those in schools who will place the device in a classroom for student use are eligible to apply.
    • Dates: February 1, 2017 – February 14, 2017 at midnight EST.
    • How Prizes Will Be Awarded: All names of people who leave reviews will be put into a random drawing by the prize administrator.
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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Tom Haun February 2, 2017 - 12:44 am

Very interesting. With the new NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), part of the standard deals with the human impact. While most of us might look at the human impact locally or regionally, you and your class have taken it globally. I highly commend you for this. Also, the process of physical and financial logistics helps reinforce the scientific method.


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