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.
Because of the support from Society for Science and the Public, I was able to double the number of under-represented students entering research competitions this year. I was also able to try out a new competition, eCybermission, and intend to return to this competition next year. Thank you!
Society for Science and the Public (SSP) administers numerous excellent student programs but the one we have been involved with and is the most familiar to us is the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). This program is awesome because it innovates, invigorates, challenges and supports students and teachers alike in their Inquiry quest for achieving Educational Excellence. We have been involved with ISEF since 1976 until present either sponsoring many students as finalist and/or observers and in the last twelve years we have served as volunteers. This program has fostered, challenged and most importantly rewarded the best and encouraged the rest of the ISEF participants. Upon transitioning from the teaching profession we have been involved with SSP in varying other volunteer capacities (judging, interpreting and Display and Safety). We most definitely and fullhearted see the immense impact this organization has had and is having on our youth. Our own three personal children were finalist for four years each and as a result impart of this program they have all become professional individuals in the Scientific and/or Engineering community. It is with this brief commentary that we most definitely support this programs.
I cannot express enough how much the Society for Science & the Public has positively influenced my life, and the life of countless others. As a high school student, I was a finalist at the SSP International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) from 2009-2012. Attending ISEF and having the opportunity to network with other students passionate about science such as myself, as well as countless professionals in the field I aimed to join, was an invaluable experience and encouraged me to pursue my love of scientist beyond high school. I am now a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry, the very field my science fair projects fell into, and return to ISEF each year as a volunteer. The staff and other volunteers I have met are incredible, working their hardest to ensure a great experience for all involved (students, teachers, parents, and other volunteers alike). Thank you to all who work to promote STEM education and science communication, I hope to continue to be a part of this wonderful society for years to come.
I was a Thai interpreter at the Intel ISEF for several times and every time gave me good impression of the organizers to prepare and arrange the registration process. Every year the registration was improved and no line to go on-site. The staff were all friendly and helpful. Experience during the fair was great!
I am a parent of a high school student who participated in 2019 and 2020 International Science and Engineering Fair. Society staff as outstanding in their ability to plan, organize, and deliver an amazing event. My son is inspired to continue in sciences and remains in contact with several fellow high school science enthusiasts. Thank you Society staff!
I have volunteered for science for society and the public for multiple ISEFs. The people are all very kind and professional and the event they put on is amazing. To coordinate something of this magnitude every year as flawlessly as they do is no small feat. In addition to the competition, they also provide a unique STEM experience for local schools (my favorite day)! I will continue to be involved with them as long as I can!
Society for Science and the Public works to promote reseach and and accuracy in the sciences. They encourage the development of our future scientist through their unfailing support of students from around the world.
It is clear that there is considerable opportunity for students who pursue STEM, but will there be enough interested students to pursue these options? The Society for Science & the Public sparks new interest in STEM careers and the range of STEM career paths available and how those jobs in science match up to interests students already have.
Society for Science has helped our program to grow and expand through my participation in the Advocate program, Attendance at the Research Teachers Conference, and Winner of one of their Action Grants. Our district is 97% Hispanic students from low-income backgrounds only 5% of Hispanics ever enter STEM fields. It is through my relationship that I have had the opportunity to grow our research program, learn new and exciting tools that me to be a more successful research teacher and develop relationships with science teachers from all over the country. As a result, my students are more engaged and finding success in research competitions that previously had been elusive for Hispanic students. Having the opportunity to send a student from our community to ISEF for two years in a row let the kids in our community know that their science dreams are possible. Thank you, Maya, Caitlin, Emily and the whole crew at Society
This program is amazing. They have personally given me the resources and connections to create one of the most robust science research programs in the city - serving students that would otherwise have been largely overlooked.
SSP treats teachers like professionals, and everything they do is of the highest value.
I can’t say enough good things about the Society for Science & the Public. Thanks to their generous support, multiple small towns in Oklahoma now have thriving STEM competition programs. They have truly changed the lives of countless students who otherwise wouldn’t have had these opportunities.
The advocate grant is making it possible for many of my students to participate in different competitions. The research conferences provide science teachers with resources that enrich and improve instruction.
I have been a participant in both the Advocate program and the Middle School Science Conference run by the Society for Science & the Public. They are a fantastic organization that provides excellent training and support for teachers, and great science content through their magazine and website.
Society for Science & the Public has enabled a great number of students to participate in scientific research competitions. We are very grateful for their continuing support and all the work they contribute nationally.
I am a Science Teacher in a rural Native American school in Arizona. Society for Science and Public has supported and guided me as an advocate during the past two years. The journey with Society was incredible as it helped me to expand my horizon with like-minded professionals across the country and develop a STEM program in our underrepresented school. I was amazed by the commitment and integrity of the staff, as I was one of the fortunate teachers to witness and participate at the Intel ISEF 2019 in Phoenix with my students. Also, the STEM Research grant was helpful in purchasing equipment which has become handy this year for students during their science projects. Keep up the good work!
I am a teacher in a rural area in Colorado. Society for Science & the Public (SSP) has been absolutely instrumental in supporting my development as a science teacher as well as the development of my students as researchers. I have been incredibly fortunate to have received an equipment grant, an all-expense paid teacher training in Washington DC, as well as recently being awarded the Advocate grant for student and teacher outreach. SSP is making a REAL DIFFERENCE in science education in schools across the country, and I can't think of a better investment of funds by an individual or organization. CHOOSE TO SUPPORT SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC!!! The future of our budding science students, and equitable science education across the US, depends on it.
The SSP has helped me to foster a love of exploration within my students. Students who did not originally consider science careers have had opportunities that they would have not otherwise considered. I am thankful for the SSP and their programs, especially the Advocates Grant Program.
The Society for Science is amazing! It supports science teachers and student researchers more then just about any other organization. I became involved with the Society through my regional and state science fairs and then through the Advocate Grant Program. This program has helped me to expand my science fair program dramatically. I have been able to more then double the number of students doing research in my district and we are still growing. The program brought a group of teachers from around the country together to collaborate on how to improve and grow their research programs at the middle and high school levels. The collaborative relationships I have built through the Advocate Grant Program have been some of the most impactful relationships of my teaching career. I have learned a great deal through the program. I want to thank the Society for Science for all they do to help teachers and students and science research!
As a teacher for over a decade I have had countless experiences working with non-profits and organizations providing professional development opportunities for educators. Working with SSP has been by far the most rewarding, fulfilling and well supported professional development experiences I have ever had. Their professionalism, communication, mission and methodology are the best I have ever known from an organization that works with teachers.
Funding from a grant enabled me to purchase biotech equipment which allows my students to conduct high level experiments to compete at the regional, state, and international science fairs. I am able to introduce biotech, and many students pursue careers in this field and received paid positions in university labs based on the skills learned in my course, which would not be possible without the expensive equipment.
I attended the Research teachers Conference at Washington D.C in 2018 and one of my biggest though process that was changed is that the "High School students are as innovative, Inquisitive, Critical thinkers like their older college going counterparts". After coming back from the conference, I was able to add value to my honors biology and Honors science Research classes from the enormous sources and teachers we connected to. This nonprofit is surely bridging the gap between science research and student / teacher enthusiasm. Keep up the good work!!!
As a high school gifted support teacher, this non-profit keeps me in-the-know on all topics science related, and does so with so many varied resources! My students and I can utilize science news magazines and associated database to research any topic that they are interested in, and it pushes our knowledge further along. Additionally, they run the most prestigious and professional science competitions in the world, and turn so many students into scientists. They are a juggernaut in the world of science education, and I am so happy that we have them to rely on.
The Society for Science & the Public made my summer research program a possibility! I brought a group of 14 high school students to the University of Minnesota for two weeks during the summer to work on research projects and tour labs and facilities on campus. It was amazing! Students were hands-on and working on meaningful research. Our group of low-income, minority students could not have done it without SSP funding!
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.
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.
Overall it was a highly organized program right from the beginning. I really appreciate the emails that gave us sufficient detail to understand and follow through given directions about what to expect or do next. Specific responses to our queries and especially drawing the fine line between accommodating and being politely firm on policies. I am grateful for the opportunity to present in one of the breakout sessions to share my project-based learning that has extended into our local community needs. When it is a totally covered program, we experienced complete hospitality, right from the pick up from the airport on the first day till we were dropped back at the airport on the last day. Throughout the three days, there was a consistent streak of celebrating the teachers, thoughtfully sharing their stories about their own inspiring teachers. I felt pampered by both Society for Science and the Public together with their generous sponsor the 'Regeneron'. I am also a beneficiary receiving 10 copies of the Science News magazine for my classroom along with a guideline for teachers to use them with students in review and data analysis. I am greatly empowered with research ideas and a bounty of resources that we can turn to and make a difference in our students' lives and their future. THANK YOU.
The Society for Science and the Public has helped motivate my students to go beyond pursuing interests, but rather, to choose worthwhile goals and earn achievements in their interests.
What could raise the level of a teachers' motivation and excitement for teaching, than treating them to a great experience of sharing what they love, feeding them well, and leaving them with a feeling that the weekend was worth it! Starting with visits to offices all over Capitol Hill on Friday, SSP then rolled out the red carpet with presentation by both teachers and experts ( one-and-the-same?) all day Saturday and Sunday morning. SSP built a feeling of community...common cause...in a very short period of time. The 200 teachers who attended ( including one from Palmer, Alaska!) left with more than they came.
Society for the Science and the Public has dedicated years of time, resources, and money to schools and students across the country with the focus to promote intense, appropriate, and necessary science exploration at the middle school and high school levels. Science News, MASTERS Science and Engineering Fair, Regeneron (was INTEL) Science and Engineering Fair, are just three major contributions and opportunities for our students to participate in rigorous science research. Overall, Society for Science and the Public is providing resources for our kids to access science in a multitude of different ways. Helping a nonprofit such as this, helps students around the world.
As an SSP Advocate, I have had special training and support that has led to me being able to help dozens of economically disadvantaged students learn about research that can be entered into science fair competitions. Last year I had one student make it to the International Science and Engineering Fair and it changed his life for the better by helping him earn college scholarships. Other students are returning to continue pursuing the dream of solving a real world problem like field testing for Lyme Disease in ticks. SSP is helping me do more than I ever imagined possible! Without the help and support of SSP I would not be as actively involved in my community trying to ensure awareness of and access for all kids to science fair competitions.
SSP walks the walk! Beyond their terrific magazine that includes relevant work with data and graphs, they organized an amazing weekend of learning for science teachers around the country. Teachers were able to share, learn, and gain excitement about student research opportunities to bring home to their communities. Wow!
The Society truly cares about education and is willing to put their money behind it to give great conferences for educators free of charge.
Society for Science and the Public (SSP) has spent many years championing science literacy, and encouraging youth to pursue STEM possibilities and jobs. SSP has been there encouraging students, teachers, scientists and educators regardless of social or income status. The programs that SSP supports and continues to offer have helped students like myself and my future students to aspire to new heights in STEM research, and have made resources possible for low-income rural students like myself and the current generation to be able to explore, learn and expand in our STEM interests. By offering up grants and resources, SSP has made it possible for students of all ages, backgrounds, in the US and around the world to experience science education as it should be experienced. SSP is vital for the future of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics jobs to become an interest for the current and future generations, and to allow students and scientists to continue to encourage the future of STEM Research and exploration.
This is my first year teaching science research in high school and was very fortunate to have been invited by Society for Science and the public to its conference in Washington D.C. All the breakout sessions were filled with excellent information, skills and techniques shared by presenters. All these presenters actual science research teachers who have been working in this area for quite some time.
Society for Science & the Public provides learning opportunities for students by making science fun, interesting, understandable at any level. Check out Science News, Science News for Students, and more! And they have been doing it for decades! But the Society is also providing opportunities for teachers as well! They have now sponsored 2 teacher gatherings around the topic of student research... at no cost to teachers! And a recent program specifically targets underrepresented students in research! My students have a wealth opportunities available to them that they would not otherwise have! Thank you, SSP!
They will do anything to support you,. I have met some amazing educators and made many professional connections, I will take their experience and knowledge to my classroom and clubs. It is the best professional development program that I have been involved.
Thank you SSP
The Society for Science & the Public provided the environment for an amazing weekend for an immersion into the use of Science News in classes, entry into new Science Fair competitions for my students as well as methods and techniques so as to encourage student growth as well as challenges for students to foster their growth. As an Advocate, I am encouraged to provide new and creative support for those students that are underserved while encouraging their participation, continued growth and retention in STEM studies, potential careers and further education. I was energized by the Science Teachers Research Conference and have returned to school breathing new life into my program.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Attending this conference has lit a fire inside of me to doggedly pursue every opportunity I can to provide Independent Research opportunities for students. As a matter of fact after attending the conference the following Friday I met with a professor at a local university in order to develop a independent research opportunity for middle school students and it is hoped that in the future more opportunities can be developed for high school students.
My weekend in DC with the Society for Science and the Public was a highlight in my teaching career of 26 years. As a presenter, I felt empowered to share my insights on ethical decision making in science. The conference was very well organized and designed for us (the science teachers) to collaborate and learn from one another. The impact on students from all levels, academically and economically, is immense! They included programming that can help reach the underrepresented students in our schools and that can make all the difference in our world!! GREAT JOB BRINGING SCIENCE TEACHERS TOGETHER!!!
Society for Science & the Public has done so much to not only help youth in our country, they are directly involved in aiding in the future of our scientific community. By providing students throughout our country to partake in authentic research is commendable and inspiring. As a teacher of a nationally recognized high school science research program, I am proud of the work I have done. Much of this is due to the outstanding work done by the Society for Science & the Public.
Kudos to the Society for its' efforts towards making the Research Educator weekend in Washington DC (Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2016 ) a productive, collaborative and successful event. For me personally, it was a great opportunity to network and brainstorm with teachers from around the country and to learn of the mechanics of the different science fairs that challenge our students. We are also grateful to the Society for giving us the opportunity to bring additional resources to students; especially to underserved and underrepresented students and to inner city schools and Title One schools.
The conference allowed to me to meet research teachers from across the country, and exchanged our practices. There were so many excellent sessions offered. This is one the best meeting that I have ever been to.
Society for Science & the Public is an incredibly important and needed organization that dedicates its finances and energy into bringing science education to students, as well as to the public at large. I have been fortunate enough to attend several of their outreach and science-related events with my students, and I am constantly amazed at the level of dedication they have in their mission, and the deep, positive role they play in nurturing the interests and careers of our future scientists. We need organizations like this, more than ever, and they will use donated funds in the most efficient and powerful way possible...by growing our next generation of scientists! Please consider helping...
I just attended the most amazing conference for teachers in Washington D.C. I went not knowing much about how to get my students involved in research and I left with a plan of how I can successfully implement a research program at my school. The session choice was of such high caliber that I had a hard time deciding which ones to attend. By the third day I was not ready to leave but the information I brought back is user friendly and I feel I can be successful in starting a research program at my school. The logistics of the conference ran smoothly. I had a great experience before the conference with hotel and plane reservations as well as getting back home. The venue was beautiful and it was easy to navigate to the sessions, meals, rooms and outside events. The organizers were so upbeat and helpful and did not show any signs of stress. I felt like a valued professional which is not always the case in education. Over the past 24 years I have gone to many professional development conferences and many I regretted spending my time and energy attending. This conference has just set the standard for all conferences. It was the best run, offered instantaneously usable information and made me feel good about my profession. I am very excited to put a plan into action and see how my students take to it and excel.
SSP does amazing work. I teach in the inner-city. I had a student whose plan was to dropout, start a family, the end. After her involvement with SSP she is now in college majoring in Engineering and planning an amazing career. This opportunity would not exist if not for SSP
Year ago I met book of J. Ellenberg "How Not to Be Wrong. The Power of Mathematical Thinking" (New York Times Bestseller).
IMHO, Research Teachers Conference in DC had the same power of a bestseller "How Not to Be Wrong in Doing Research and Science Process with Students". I was really surprised, how many various powerful ways this conference had shown. Congratulations to organizers.
After comeback, I am immediately applying new knowledge from the conference, for example better concentration on gritty students, use of padlets in improving creativity, use of Science News samples which we obtained in teaching (e.g. based on the paper about oldest fossils, October 1, p. 7, we provide scans of fossils to study their geometry), better literature searches, more efficient research programs etc.