At Science from Scientists (SfS), 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 Massachusetts state & Common Core/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.
This year, SfS is working with over 5,000 4th-8th grade students in 48 schools across Massachusetts, California and Minnesota. In total we will serve more than 9,500 students this year in our various programs. Since our founding in 2002, we have served more than 25,000 students.
By sending the same pair of scientists into the classroom to work with students every two weeks over the course of the year, our scientists are able to serve as mentors, improving student attitudes and aptitudes towards science. 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 MCAS scores of students in the program. Students in our program, on average, see a 17% increase in their STE MCAS scores after participating in our year-long programming.
In 2013, SfS was awarded @Scale Endorsement from the MA Department of Higher Education for being one of the top five most effective STEM organizations with demonstrated impact on improving student interest and achievement in STEM and supporting classroom science teachers through a free Professional Development Program designed to build on SfS classroom visits. The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council endorsed SfS for a second year in a row in 2014 as part of the @Scale Initiative.