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We pride ourselves in our community-funded approach, and have built our entire program from the sidewalk up, with zero outside loans or corporate investments. Experience Daliona has operated through your support here on Patreon, support from participants at our Sidewalk Science Center and Star Party nights, and funding through our growing program offerings. Your support is invested directly into our communities every single week.
Our current programs:
Sidewalk Science Center: our flagship program. Every weekend, twice a week, we travel to public parks and set up family-friendly science experiments that engage kids, teens, students, and adults of all ages with a range of familiar concepts. We've prepared physics, optics, magnetism, biology, and other experiments designed specifically for hands-on learning.
Since its inception in July 2018, Sidewalk Science Center has already seen more than 20,000 people using a just a single table, and has traveled up and down the United States east coast to several cities, festivals, and local businesses. We know that if a single table can see 20,000 visitors in just 20 months, then operating multiple locations every weekend will help us reach thousands upon thousands more.
Second Light: our free telescope rental program. We collect new and used telescopes, refurbish as needed, and loan them out to families and individuals who would like to explore the night from their own home, or wherever they travel! Loans are free for two weeks and can be extended if there is not a waiting list for that telescope.
Families receive an automatic 50% off our Family Astronomy Night program with every rental, good for any date during the rental period, so that they have a chance to learn and explore the night with a guide before taking off on their own! We also provide night sky resources for visible objects, videos about astronomy and how to use the telescope they're renting, and more!
Educational Kits: a small subsection of our business that we are still learning to effectively produce, our kits have already been sold to families who visited Sidewalk Science Center and loved the experience. Each kit we produce will explore familiar concepts using a conversational format, allowing users to practice experiments and the real-life equations used to calculate them. Included in our kits are special challenge experiments, where users must figure out how to produce a desired outcome, following a set of rules, based on what they learned throughout the kit.
Zenith Now science magazine (not yet operating): another aspect of Alex's science-fiction books, Zenith Now will highlight the stories and experiences of scientists and educators, as well as explore various research and newsworthy happenings across scientific fields. The format is designed to showcase scientists and people working in science-related areas as being relatable to people working outside science, or inspirational to kids and students who might one day pursue these same fields!
The New ERA Foundation (not yet operating): the New Environmental Recovery Action Foundation, inspired in part by the Galactic Ecology Survey seen in Alex's books, will engage with issues surrounding environmental justice, and fund and organize programs in conservation that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, poaching, overfishing, waste dumping, and other factors of environmental deterioration.
The New ERA Foundation will also form local branches and organizations to promote community clean-ups, recycling initiatives, and public education alongside Sidewalk Science Center that increase awareness and improve the quality of life within communities.
This is our outlook as we begin growing. Supporting us on Patreon will give you access to many updates before we publicly promote them, give you a chance to stay involved with crowdsourcing ideas for SSC and other content we produce, and be a part of an effort to create an exciting and inspiring future.