Society for Science & the Public

Rating: 4.94 stars   68 reviews

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Location: 1719 N St, NW Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission:

Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate and inspire.

 


Results: Since 1921 SSP has through its award-winning publications and world-class science education competitions conveyed the excitement of science and research directly to the public. SSP has nearly 500,000 social media followers, 120,000 Science News subscribers across print and digital platforms, over 75,000 newsletter subscribers, an estimated 10,000 Intel ISEF participants annually, and 40,000 science competition alumni of record. In 2012 the Society's websites realized over 13 million online visitors, and its education programs made hundreds of millions of worldwide media impressions. Educating and informing students, parents, teachers and the greater community about the evolving and influential world of science, we inspire the endless possibilities they have to offer.
Target demographics: SSP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate and inspire.
Geographic areas served: U.S. and international
Programs:

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the world's largest international pre-college science competition.  The Intel ISEF annually provides a forum for more than 1,700 high school students from over 50 countries to showcase their independent research, while competing for almost $4 million in awards and scholarships. 

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

love SSP magazine and mission! first they run the big science fairs and motivate and support young scientist from around the world
then they publish their great magazine where ordinary people like me can learn what's new in different scientific fields

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them provide open access to all finalists to journal articles

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Provides clear elucidation of current topics in all branches of science.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make archives available w/o login

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I cannot begin to share all the outcomes that the Society for Science and the Public has directly contribute to in our small rural school! Four years ago, I applied for the SSP Fellows Program and to my amazement, I was fortunate to be selected. I am a 36-year teaching veteran, and I can honestly say that this is the best program for advancing student research in rural and inner city schools in the country! The SSP gave me the training and the financial resources to develop a strong research program in my school. This was no easy undertaking, but the rewards have been many. The total student population is less than 250 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. We are not only one of the smallest districts in the state, we are one of the poorest districts in the state. After a four year investment in the program, you may ask what is there to show that the money was well spent? The students have been quite successful over the past four years. They have won top awards at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. Last year one student, Brittany King, was selected as one of the top four Agriscience Research students in the nation. Another student, Dylan Lyle, received a first place at the International Sustainable Environment, Energy and Engineering Olympiad(ISWEEEP) in Houston, Texas. This year we had the top two projects in the state of Missouri at the Missouri Junior Academy of Science, Tara Humphreys and Ashley Wyrick! In addition, two students have advanced to ISWEEEP in Houston (Ross Sparrow and Ashley Wyrick), and just yesterday another student, Sara Abbett, was notified that she was the state finalist for Missouri for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and will be competing in Portland, Oregon in June. Next week, our students compete in the Missouri Agriscience Fair with their research, and we will then know who will be advancing to the National FFA Agriscience Fair. Last year four students from our program advanced. More important than doing well in the competitions is the confidence that the students have gained in the program. All of the students that have participated in the program have gone on to college and their success continues at that level. Several are in undergraduate research programs. One is already working part time in a federal research facility. All this would not have been possible without the support of the Society for Science and the Public. The fellowship grant ends this year, but the program will continue for many years to come. We are forever grateful!!!
Constance Wyrick
Tuscumbia High School
Tuscumbia, MO

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I work with rural students in one of the poorest counties in Missouri. Our school population (K-12)is around 290 students. The SSP provided training for me to start an independent science research program for my students. In addition, as part of the SSP Fellows Program, my students had the funds to conduct authentic research. This past year one of my students competed at the National FFA Agriscience Fair and won top honors in the zoology category. We had never had that kind of success before. The same student is now employed at a national environmental science research laboratory while attending college this year. The support of the SSP has been invaluable and I am so grateful for the organization's involvement in underserved students!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their educational, professional development and financial support has been incredible!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the support that has been provided

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly helpful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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After reading your comments about the OlympicsThe IntelĀ® International Science and Engineering FairĀ® (Intel ISEF) wanted to take part in this competition with her students this year for the first time.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you tell others about this organization?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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This is an update to my 2010 review. I just completed my first year as an SSP Teacher Fellow. Because of the grant I received more students than ever before participated in science and engineering activities, and won more awards than ever. I also got to take a group of observers to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for the first time in the 50+ year history of the fair. It had a huge impact on the school. I also grew in my professionalism as a teacher.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I so have many new resources available to my students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of much. If they need some help I would gladly pitch in

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I got to know this organization in 2006 when one of my students won our local science fair and went to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. I was able to attend ISEF 2 more times and was very impressed by what I saw. I learned as least as much as a teacher as my student did during the competitions. I found out about other programs such as Science Talent Search and got my students in that too. The website and science fair materials are a huge help in getting my students prepared for competitions. I use Science News in my classroom, not just for the news articles but to teach my students how to write. Last year I found out about the Intel Teacher Fellows program. When my students read the ad for it they told me that "this sounds like you, you have to go for this", the same words I've often used to encourage them to get into competitions. So I took my own advice and applied. This year I was named an Intel Teacher Fellow. The level of resources I now have for my students has taken a quantum leap. I know that SSP has been around for several decades, so I hope it's around fro a lot longer, and my relationship with them grows.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

SSP genuinely wants to see students succeed in science. While maintaining a competitive threshold they work hard to include as many students as possible. I got the same level of advice when preparing my teacher application.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with the staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very competent and willing to help. They have a vested interest in seeing you and your students succeed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand their programs for students and teachers. help out local science fairs,

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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I have been involved in Science Fairs for over 22 years and the International Fair since 1994. The parent body (SSP) that supports this fair does a tremendous job. They support the students, the teachers, and all who are trying to keep kids interested and inspired in the sciences, technology, and engineering.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how students shine when they explain the project they have been involved with. The students gain so much by being exposed to students, like themselves, from all over the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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The Society for Science and the Public is a wonderfully supportive organization that understands (better than most organizations) how the key to our future is in supporting our energetic, dedicated, intelligent students. They have done this by their constant support and promotion of the Intel Science Talent Search and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Those two opportunities are the "dream" of the students in our course (and our science fair) year after year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

see comments in the "your review" section above. They are a wonderful, supportive organization that is focused on creating opportunities for the future scientists/engineers/psychologists...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Offer more significant awards to more students at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. These are the students that will likely shape the future in areas such as Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science and Enviro.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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I became involved with science fairs when I helped some students with their science projects more than 10 years ago. This led to my judging local fairs and eventually judging the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for the Society for Science and the Public (SSP). They regard good judging as essential. SSP gives it the resources and attention needed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the finalists as they develop their knowledge of science and research skills. They make friendships that will last a lifetime. SSP publishes "Science News" which is a very good science magazine.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any changes. They are constantly looking for ways to be better.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

talking with the finalist and working with the staff and other volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give more help to disadvantaged students.

Ways to make it better...

there was more time to talk to the finalists.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

making sure students who don`t have much to work with are are encouraged and their accomplishments recognized. The organization needs to encourage mentors and create other opportunities for as many students as possible.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they do a great job.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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I taught at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology since it first opened in 1987. Over the years, I taught Creative Writing and AP Language to gifted science, math and technology students. Some of my best writers were students who were winners or finalists in the Westinghouse/Intel Science Talent Search. I began to realize how closely related the arts were to the sciences. Parade of students over the last twenty-five years brought their final papers to me to proof before they submitted them to the competition. I didn’t always understand the science in their work, but I could help them make their writing clear and accessible. It was not until I retired and put on another hat that a realized how much Intel influenced our school. I have been working for two years at writing a book that tells the school’s twenty-five year history. My research from the beginning told me how much the Westinghouse/Intel competitions directed and transformed learning and achievement for our most gifted young scientists. We have hundred of semifinalists and finalists in our school’s history. I recall times in my writing classes watching students in deep conversations about their Intel research and their writings. They were some of the leading math wizards in the school. These kids were just as talented in math and science as in the humanities, but I realized then that they were living proof that we haven’t evolved to be mathematicians and/or statisticians. This is the way we must think if we are to make progress in understanding how the world works and, for that matter, how we ourselves work. Students who think these topics are unnatural subjects are right. It isn’t how humans think naturally. But it is how humans think rationally. And it is how scientists think. This is the way we must think if we are to make progress in understanding how the world works and, for that matter, how we ourselves work. These students were gifted and Intel was providing opportunities for all of us to nurture them and use their brilliance to push their boundaries so they could be part of the change that I knew through their creative and personal writing they wanted for our world. I applaud SSP and Intel for helping to make us successful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I felt the power and influence of this organization the entire time I was teaching at TJHSST. Now that I am retired and writing a book about our school's twenty-five year history, I am amazed at their influence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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I have been a regional fair director for 14 years and have attended the Intel ISEF for 8 years. Every year I am amazed anew at what a wonderful experience this is for high school students. I love to take students to ISEF for the first time and see their jaws drop when they walk into the exhibit hall! They get SO excited about the Opening Ceremony when they realize that they are the stars of this show. SSP make sure that the students know that THEY are the important ones for this week and treat them accordingly. In addition, SSP provides multiple opportunities for the students to meet other students from all over the country and the world. Many of the friendships that are created during the week are lasting and may even lead to future collaboration on projects "in the real world". But SSP doesn't stop there. The Intel ISEF also gives teachers, parents and fair directors to learn and share ideas. As a fair director, I have make invaluable contacts over the years which have enabled me to greatly improve the running of my own fair. The staff at SSP is very professional and help support the regional fairs in a myriad of ways, including giving us the answers to hundreds of questions in a very timely fashion. We have also had many students involved with the SSP Middle School Program & previously, the DCYSC. This is an incredible program designed for middle school students and is the only one of its kind. I was delighted to see that this program is being brought back this year. There is no place else where middle school students can advance to a national competition based on their science project. Much thanks to SSP for all it does for students and teachers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The continued success of my students in high school and in college. Also in the improvements in my fair.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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