Science from Scientists’ (SfS') is a non-profit whose mission is to improve the attitudes and aptitudes of 4th-8th graders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We believe that anyone who is curious about the way the world works is a scientist. With unique and engaging hands-on lessons informed by state and Next Generation Science national standards and taught by real, charismatic scientists, we hope to inspire students to see that science is in everything. Our SfS staff scientists work alongside classroom teachers to complement and enhance their curriculum with hands-on lessons taught in an engaging, discovery-focused manner. Currently, our lesson module library consists of approximately 90 hands-on lessons covering topics in Anatomy/Physiology, Chemistry, Engineering, Earth Science, Life Science, Physics, Scientific Practices, and Technology. Lesson descriptions are available on our website.
By sending the same pair of scientists into the classroom to work with students every two weeks over the course of the year (~18 times per year), our scientists are able to serve as mentors, improving student attitudes and aptitudes towards science. We can serve approximately 180 students during each school day (generally one to two entire grade levels). By offering our program during the school day, we capture and engage every student in the classroom, especially those that may not otherwise show interest in STEM or be able to participate in STEM programming outside the school day. We measure our success using pre/post test evaluations and by tracking the scores of students in the program on the state science assessments. On average, 17% more students score proficient or higher on the state assessments after participating in our year-long programming.
Please contact Karlene French, Director of Development in Minnesota, for more information about our program and to explore a potential partnership with your school.