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.
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.
My son was a Broadcom MASTERS finalist in 2013. It is an incredible program and provided so many amazing experiences. My son has such fond memories of his week in Washingon DC and will never forget the people he met there. This experience has opened so many doors for him. It was truly an opportunity of a lifetime. Many thanks to Broadcom and the Society for Science & the Public!
My daughter was selected as a Broadcom Master and loved the experience! It allowed her to connect with other kids who love to work in science and math, while meeting heads of companies who helped them learn more. SSP really does a great job in leading our future in Science.
The Science News for Students web-site is my go-to resource for disciplinary literacy. Thanks to donor support they are able to provide a free resource for students and educators. The writing is engaging, and I find the articles especially helpful for teaching students to see cause and effect relationships, identify literary devices in informational text, and to compare and contrast findings. The website allows teachers and students to search by topic and the cool science jobs section is a great way to help students see the connections between the classroom and their future.
Science News is the best all-around science magazine. I have also subscribed to Scientific American and Discover. I see the abstract in Science News and read the more detailed account in SA. Science News by its nature can encompass more articles about more fields of science. So it gives the reader a broader knowledge of what is happening in science, medicine, etc. I love it and have read it for more years than I can remember. Keep on doing what you're doing.
Our daughter was selected as a finalist to participate in Broadcom. MASTERS the first year it launched. What an incredible experience for a 13 year-old from a small, isolate, rural area to work with other like- minded kids. She is still in touch with many of these kids from across the country that she met. Currently she is President of the after school Science Club and mentors other elementary and middle school budding scientists. She has continued to compete in science competitions in high school while juggling the most rigorous academic load offered, participating in varsity sports, working, and participating in an assortment of other extra-curricular activities. As I write this review on the sunniest, summer day in July, she is working on the drafts for the INTEL Talent Search. You inspired a young impressible teenager that anything is possible. Thank you!
Although I cannot afford a weekly subscription to SCIENCE NEWS print publication, I do receive the weekly email as well as general news from the Society for Science & the Public in order to keep up with important news and developments in the scientific world. If I COULD afford a weekly subscription to SCIENCE NEWS, I would DEFINITELY subscribe. Thanks, SSP!
I have personally found the Society for Science and the Public to be an outstandingly impactful organization. As an alumnus of a variety of their student-oriented programs, I have first-hand experience of the extent to which the SSP has been able to promote the sciences in education and provide exceptional experiences for the students involved; it can and has been life-changing.
Hi. I'm from Colombia. The effort that you people do, is very helpful for all of us in a world without frontiers. The bet for the science is something that our society don't really appreciate in all their extents.
Thank you, for all the good work. I hope you can keep it that way !
I've read Science News since I was in High School. It was in our library but I decided to subscribe. When the first Mariner images came back from Mars I had them in my hands, via my S/N before it became big news in the genral media. I've been a member/subscriber off and on over the years as time and situations permitted. SSP is a gateway to the harder stuff - science of all disciplines. Checking in with S/N and SSP is a great way for me 50+ years from high school to keep my intellect alive and curious and informed. I'm sure it inspires young people now as it did when I was in HS.
The Society For Science & The Public is performing yeoman service to the American (and probably non-American) public in covering, in a timely fashion, with brilliant journalism by experts in each area, scientific research in every field, as published in Science News. Given the sad state of science literacy in the US, it is nothing short of miraculous that an organization could successfully undertake to bring science to the populace in easily comprehensible form. We have a subscription & try to urge all our friends to subscribe as well, since a knowledge of science is essential to navigate a 21st-century world. Personally, I believe this magazine should be required reading in high schools. I suspect we'll see a lot more STEM candidates if young people have the kind of access to science that the Society provides.
With all the ignorance creating more and more tension between people, promoting the science and educating people is the only way to help healing the world. Art and education are the only way toward peace and health.
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
In addition to publishing Science News, an excellent, weekly non-technical overview of recent developments in science, SSP provides numerous opportunities for young students to actually DO science. The programs they administer such as ISEF, STS offer the chance for students to display the results of real research investigations. Today's high school curriculum is often limited to the tedium of learning material for standardized tests. But many of the programs SSP offers give students a chance to taste what real science is all about and a chance to be recognized for it.
This organization does for Science what the Olympics do for sport. Actually, even more-because sports in this country already receive lots of attention. It stimulates and provides a platform for academically oriented students to stretch their intellects and contribute to sceintific knowledge. This venue is available to any student with the willingness to learn and to work. If not for SSP my son may never have pushed himmself to learn far beyond what was required in school and thus been bored. The amount of time and effort that the staff at SSP provide is truly mind-boggling. I am grateful to them and to the opportunities provided by them, without which my son may never have met like-minded individuals who are now life-long friends. If America is to compete in our global climate, SSP is the only public service organization actively serving that goal.