The society for science has done far more for science teachers and science programs around the country than any other non-profit I know. They administer science research competitions (STS, ISEF) for high school students, which are motivating students. These high school students are often working at college and graduate levels, producing excellent quality papers. They are providing students and teachers with incredibly useful resources, such as Science News, a magazine designed specifically for middle/high school students and their teachers. They are providing workshops and training sessions for teachers, and grants to help school districts develop their science programs. I cannot say enough how valuable the Society for Science and the Public is for science education in this country.
This nonprofit helped bring teachers together from across the country to share experiences, ideas, and grow as educators. I have nothing but good things to say about them.
Society for Science & the Public has provided services that empowers me to bridge equity gaps in science education.
Society for Science & the Public helps science educators and students tremendously! As a public school teacher for the past 12 years, I have not encountered an organization that has given as much opportunity to my students as they have.
Many organizations talk about empowering teachers and students, but this organization does it better than any other I have yet encountered. They spend time and resources allowing students and teachers to gather, share ideas, and learn from each other through professional development conferences and competitions geared toward helping students participate in scientific research in secondary school. I attended one of the conferences as a teacher as was impressed at how many of the sessions were run by my fellow teachers who had really fantastic ideas and had experienced a lot of success in their programs. They trust that teachers have innate desires to help students succeed and give them the tools necessary to reach their potential.
I attended a conference in Washington, D.C. that was hosted by the Society for Science & the Public. I had the opportunity to go to Capitol Hill and meet with my local representatives and tell them about all the amazing STEM activities that I do with my students. I also had the chance to collaborate with 200 high school teachers and learn new exciting ways to make science fun in the classroom.
The Society for Science and the Public has been in my life for a long time now, I just didn't realize it. They let their sponsors and donors have the spotlight (a well-deserved spotlight), as the quietly do their work in the background to develop and share dynamic resources and dramatic competitions that forever change lives. I have long appreciated the lasting impact that they have on my students and myself. It wasn't until this weekend, attending their Research Teachers Conference in DC, that I have put all of the pieces together and realize that SSP is the fabric that weaves our science life together in so many ways. They stimulate our curiosity and interest with Science News. The International Science and Engineering Fair provides the incentive and organization to make good science happen and be shared, and the Research Teachers Conference keeps teachers connected and informed. Thank you to the Society (and their generous donors) for giving us so much!
I have worked with SSP through their programs for the last two decades. Their commitment to education of both students and teachers/mentors is tremendous. The staff at SSP are talented, dedicated, and responsive. This is a terrific organization focused on fulfilling an important mission.
Wow! Society for Science & the Public is doing great work in promoting local and global science education and literacy to students, teachers, and the public. I am a teacher that attended their annual research teachers conference and was blown away by their dedication to providing opportunities to students and teachers to excel in the science field.
Amazing support for students in STEM! I just attended their annual Research Teachers Conference and learned so much that I could use for my classes.
The SSP is exceptional at supporting science educators and making them feel like the professionals they are. They are concerned with equity and diversity and are always striving to improve what they do. I have been involved with a number of their programs supporting science education and they are always well managed, organized and valuable in terms of content and outcomes.
Society for Science & the Public promotes science education through many programs that benefit students, teachers and the public in general. With the assistance of outstanding sponsors, science research is recognized with international science fair activities and talent search opportunities with first-class organization. As a high school student from a rural county in North Florida, I was an international science fair winner forty years ago. The experience was life-changing and my passion for science ignited. I wanted other students in my little rural county high school to have the same opportunity I had, so I returned there to teach science courses with a research component. I have been bringing students to the ISEF for decades and enjoy watching the continued success of the participants after they return home motivated to pursue higher education and careers with confidence.
SSP advocates science education and literacy through supporting students, teachers, and the public. They make the latest research obtainable to every person through their Science News magazine and organize major scientific fairs for high school and middle school students. It is these competitions that help fuel the excitement in STEM fields for kids and encourage them to dream big so that they can be the scientists of our future.
Society for Science and the Public have been very supportive of my students. We were given a grant for our science research class which helped acquire equipment and academic material. Also, it has provided a subscription to Science News in High school for the last two years. With these resources we have been able to keep up to date and complete our research projects on time.
My name is Marcia Butler. I attended the Research Teachers Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC hosted by the Society for Science and the Public and generously sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals during the weekend of October 13, 2017 to October 15, 2017. I am a veteran science teacher of 22+ years and I must say that after having attended countless conferences over the years, the Research Teachers Conference was by far, the most impactful professional development opportunity I have been afforded. For the first time in a long time, I felt a genuine sense of appreciation for the humble practioners of the art of teaching science. I've devoted more than half of my adult life to developing the hearts and minds of the students that I have taught and currently teach, never asking for anything in return except that they try to work with me as best they can, to keep their feet firmly planted on the path of academic excellence. The Research Teachers Conference recharged my passion as a professional and I feel more committed to providing my students with a world-class education than ever before. The presenters who conducted the breakout sessions were knowledgeable as well as relatable and shared their experiences with unselfish enthusiasm which I greatly appreciated. Our hosts, the Society for Science and the Public were the consummate event planners. They left no stone unturned making sure that our experience was flawless. From the travel arrangements to the venue itself; the wonderful accommodations, keynote speakers and opportunities to network. I left the conference feeling revitalized, appreciated and equipped with new ideas to improve upon the way that I engage my students on a daily basis. There are times when a mere thank you seems inadequate and this is one of those occassions. Nevertheless, a heartfelt thank you is being extended to the dozens of people who made this conference possible.
Society for Science and the Public (SSP) is an organization that has brought out the best of my students, as well as of me, in terms of education in scientific research. Through its Intel ISEF programs, my students have been motivated to explore the world of science, and dared to be scientists at their young ages (I teach high school's science at P.R.). On the other hand, SSP offered me the opportunity to participate in the Research Teachers Conference program, a professional development program in which I learned from the experiences of fellow teachers from various US states. This made me understand that the educational problems that happened with my students are the same throughout the Nation. In addition, I learned new techniques to educate my students about investigative processes. I thank SSP for what they do for the teachers and society. This entity is needed for scientific research to continue to flourish among the younger generations, and thus develop the scientists of the future.
The Society for Science and the Public is a superb, unique, non-profit organization whose mission to be "a champion for science, dedicated to expanding scientific literacy, effective STEM education and scientific research” is realized on a daily basis in many different ways.
For 20+ years, I've relied on the Society to guide me in helping my students develop original research projects. From articles in SCIENCE NEWS that have inspired students to find answers to their questions to challenging students to achieve their best in the top national and international science competitions, this outstanding institution has been a constant and invaluable presence in my classroom.
Recently, I participated in the Society’s 2017 Research Teachers Conference in Washington, D.C. and had the opportunity to share best practices with diverse and dedicated teachers from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. In the course of the Conference weekend, I spoke with teachers working in under served areas, many of whom have been the one person with the initiative to set up a research program on shoe-string budget, often with little to no administrative support, and a host of other hurdles to clear. They were at the Conference because Society for Science & the Public staff have made it a priority to provide support to these teachers and their burgeoning programs. At a time when we all need to understand the basics of climate change, evolution, and DNA to weigh in on issues that accompany major scientific advances, this is a wonderful science organization to support!!!
That was a momentous time in my life to have spent three days at the Research Teachers Conference in Washington, D.C. during October 13 to 15, 2017. Two hundred teachers from the nation, five from Georgia, and I am one among those special invitees was an exciting experience. The conference brought out the special in each and every one of us, the research teachers. I have been to many meetings/conferences for teachers and I can honestly say that this was the most successful in terms of the superb programs of the conference, and allowing time for teachers to really interact and demonstrate the collaborative productivity - not to mention the wonderful hospitality that we were shown and the meticulous care and arrangements. I can say the Society for Science and Public have very much achieved their aim for this conference far more!"
The deliberations at the conference were extraordinary; each and every presentation was well thought out and delivered. Invariably, all presentations were a real world interdisciplinary experience – including learning as a team. The interactions, connections, and networking offered by the conference have expanded my horizons. My ability to make a difference has enhanced and it also increased the strength of my vision to empower the future of this world in my classroom.
It was such an amazing experience for me from Luella High School, Georgia and Amanda Cherry from Mesa High School, Arizona (from two extreme locations) to have co-presented on "Literature Search" at the conference. Our session was amazingly well attended and received. It opened up abundant opportunities for both of us to stay connected with all participants in real time, throughout our lives.
Earlier, on Friday, October 13, I along with two other teachers met the Senator for Georgia at the Capitol Hil. It was a truly memorable and inspiring meeting and we spoke about the Research Teachers Conference, Society for Science and Public, Regeneron, and STEM Education. The Senator greatly appreciated the efforts of the Society for Science and Public to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in improving scientific literacy and human advancement through outstanding programs and conferences for teachers, publications, and competitions for students. He also appreciated the partnership of Regeneron with the Society for Science and Public in sponsoring the 2017 Research Teachers Conference and the Regeneron Science Talent Search. The Senator actively listened to our active thoughts and proposals for STEM education in the country in general and in Georgia in particular. He assured us of his support to further strengthening the STEM education in the State. What a wonderful thought it was for the Senator's office to present us with delicious and nutritious peanuts of Georgia, the peanut capital of the world. This meeting shall stay evergreen in my memory.
On the last day of the conference, we met as region and State groups to plan the follow-up activities to move forward as a collective group to further enhance research competency in our students in our State. The knowledge, skills, and competencies I carry forward from this conference are beyond compare. Within this one week of return from the conference, I have transformed the perspectives and actions regarding the scientific research activities in our school and I have the new energy, drive, and vision to take our student research to greater heights. I am now more aware: "Vision with action can change the world."
The 2017 Research Teachers Conference at DC was a tremendous success. I express my tons thanks to SPS for this very useful and well organized Research Teachers Conference with outstanding intellectual and social programs and a cheerful atmosphere. I'm already looking forward to the next one.
The support of the Society for Science has made it possible for me to lead students to life changing experiences which they would not have had access to otherwise. The society provided the support I needed to make the jump into the research competition realm with my students. Without the financial support and the expertise shared, I would not have entered any students in competition last year. Instead we had students that won local, regional and state awards. In addition, one student has taken the initiative to start a related project at their university (aquaponics) and two are considering more challenging majors. Both indicated that these actions are directly due to the confidence gained from completing a sustained research project and entering competition. The support of the Society for Science and the Public is supporting teachers in changing lives!
I have long known about the Society for Science and the Public concerning their involvement in science fairs. However it was only this past year that I learned the offer a program to assist and encourage under-represented student participation in science fairs. I volunteer at a school with a mission to help struggling students succeed. Often these students are very resilient but feel they can not accomplish similar career objectives as their peers. As part of the Advocate program sponsored by the Science and the Public, it is difficult to express in words the confidence and pride this program instilled into all the students at our school. The encouragement, mentoring and support has helped demonstrate to our students that not only can they accomplish more than they initially perceived but that their are people and organizations that desire to help them succeed beyond their own expectations. The Society for Science and the Public has provided me, the students I serve and our school in general with the training, resources and motivation to accomplish one of the great objectives of scientific investigation - to enter into the unknown with confidence.