Perhaps you are someone who loves science, exploring, and being creative, but learned the hard way that science research is not your dream job. Maybe you were considering working in industry, but prefer to work with children than adults. In both of these circumstances, science education provides a unique opportunity to connect your science background and enthusiasm with the needs of the community.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, 82% of American students performed below proficient on the 2000 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science test. These scores are concerning policy makers, economists, and educators alike because our world is becoming ever more reliant on science, technology and math. In addition, in order for the U.S. and the world to continue to find scientific solutions to environmental and social issues, we are going to need strong researchers and scientists. And in order to have well-trained scientists, we need well-trained science educators. read more…