SCIENTISTS RALLY TO RESURRECT WHOLESOME, DIVERSITY DRIVEN KIDS WEB SERIES
Science Community Unites Saying ‘I Want Season 3 of The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey’
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PORTLAND, Ore., Oct 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — YouTube darling, Lindsey E. Murphy, creator of The Fab Lab and host character ‘Crazy Aunt Lindsey,’ has announced the third season of the beloved children’s science web series with the launch of an ambitious crowdfunding campaign to raise the $10,000 be November 5, 2014 needed to do it. The science community has responded in united agreement and calls for community support.
The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey, which has been described as an intersection between Bill Nye the Science Guy’s classic tv series and Martha Stewart’s ‘DIY’ empire, launched in late 2009. Within a year, the shows creator achieved invitations to distribute the entertaining, educational video and written content in Scientific American Magazine’s Bring Science Home initiative and other regional family magazine blogs across the country. The show quickly gained momentum with more than 40,000 channel views and hundreds of subscribers. But when the project met the loss of more than three years of content by way of a mass hacking and ran out of funds in 2012, the completely volunteer-based production shut down without finishing the remaining 10 episodes previously shot for the third season.
“Her show is a breath of fresh air,” says Cornell University’s Danielle Lee, best known as Scientific American’s Urban Scientist. “[It’s] full of all of the sweetness and awesomeness and innocence I wish media had more of.”
“She has a fantastic presence,” agrees Maggie Koerth-Baker, New York Times Magazine columnist and former science editor for BoingBoing.com. “So do the kids that appear with her. I love the surprising amount of science “oomph” behind them.”
“I saw sparks, especially in the eyes of the children she worked along side,” Lee goes on. “I felt something when I watched her show. It reminded me very much of the feeling I had when I was a child and I watched Mr. Wizard World on HBO. Trust me when I say The Fab Lab with Crazy Aunt Lindsey is all that and more. It’s a shame that there are those 10 full episodes just sitting around waiting to be edited.
“This could be the most awesome STEM edutainment show in this generation. Lindsey Murphy could be the first black female to host a STEM education show!”
– Danielle Lee, Cornell University
“It’s amazing!” adds Jaylyn, then 10 year old Fab Lab Professor featured in the shows Lemon Lightbulb episode.
“When the show shut down two years ago, I just remember how bummed everybody was,” Lindsey E. Murphy comments. “But now that we’ve relaunched – rather, announced the hope of relaunching – folks have really shown up. Parents, scientists, friends. It’s humbling.”
Having raised nearly $3,500 of the goal as of this morning, Murphy is optimistic about meeting and even exceeding the campaign’s funding goal. “I’m pumped about how exuberant everyone on Twitter and Facebook has been since the announcement of the third season and this campaign. My followership on social media has doubled. I get Tweets and comments everyday cheering this on. I know we’ll make it.”
There are seven days left until the campaigns November 5, 2014 deadline. The campaign must raise the full $10,000 in order to receive funding. Please visit the projects campaign page for more information and to contribute.
About The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey
The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey is a web series on YouTube that takes everyday science concepts and turns them into do-it-yourself projects for kids, families, and educators. The show launched in 2010 and is a part of Scientific American Magazine’s Bring Science Home initiative as a content partner.
About Lindsey E. Murphy
Lindsey E. Murphy is a writer, blogger, and public personality based out of Portland, Or. She is the creator of such online web properties as The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey, TheHandsomeBlackMan.com and was in 2010 the recipient of the Pepsi: We Inspire writers award.
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