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.
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.