The James Randi Educational Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be providing funding to Alan Leipzig of Seminole Middle School in Plantation, Florida. Leipzig's project, called Retaking the Stars, will be part of his Starfleet Academy, an astrophysics/engineering class for 8th graders.
Students will use the research materials purchased by this grant to systematically investigate the claims and history behind astrology and the science against it. At the same time Leipzig will use a variety of approaches to teach critical thinking concepts such as the Forer Effect, wishful thinking, confirmation bias, logical fallacies, and selective thinking.
The JREF is very excited to support this kind of work and will be awarding additional grants as funding allows. Click here for more information on applying for a grant or to help support this important program.