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Why science matters

Why is a good science education so important for every child, not just for those who may be headed toward a scientific or technical career? Because science is everywhere, and understanding how it’s a part of our daily lives can give students a great foundation for success in life.

The notion that science is necessary only for scientists and engineers is outdated in today’s high-tech world. A solid science education is essential for students of all backgrounds, talents, interests, and abilities. All kids need the knowledge and skills that make up what we call "science literacy" – the ability to make sense of the world around them. By helping kids learn how to observe, collect evidence, and draw conclusions, science helps students sharpen their thinking about the ideas and events they encounter in everyday life.

A large part of the general public may not realize the significant role that science plays in our everyday lives. Others may think that science is not for them. But science truly is for everyone, regardless of gender, race, or level of ability, and opportunities exist for all, including students with disabilities.

Interested in more? Check out these additional resources!

  • Science for All Americans online
    http://www.project2061.org/tools/sfaaol/Intro.htm
    This introduction to Science for All Americans from Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) explains why a good science education is essential for all citizens in a world increasingly shaped by science and technology.
  • What the public understands about science
    http://www.tryscience.org/parents/pdf/Statistics.pdf
    These statistics compiled from various surveys and research studies highlight what the public understands about science and science education.
  • Entry Point
    http://www.entrypoint.org/
    This AAAS program, offering paid summer internships for students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business, is an example of the opportunities available to all.
  • SEE- Science and Everyday Experiences
    http://www.deltasee.com/
    This partnership among the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Delta Research and Education Foundation (DREF), and AAAS aims to help parents and caregivers of African American elementary and middle school age children (K-8) develop effective ways to support children's informal science and mathematics learning experiences.
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
    http://www.sacnas.org
    The mission of SACNAS promotes advanced education and career opportunities for Chicano/Latino and Native American students.
  • Association for Women in Science
    http://www.awis.org
    AWIS is dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.
  • Women in Technology
    http://www.ibm.com/ibm/history/witexhibit/wit_intro.html
    Meet some of IBM's leading female technologists and find links related to the topic of women in technology.

  • GirlsGoTech
    http://www.girlsgotech.org/
    Sponsored by Girl Scouts of America, GirlsGoTech aims to counteract the trend that by age 12, many girls start to lose interest in mathematics, science, and technology. The GirlsGoTech Web site includes information on careers, a handbook for parents, and games that challenge girls’ knowledge of science and mathematics.
  • Engineer Girl!
    http://www.engineergirl.org
    Presented by the National Academy of Engineering, this site encourages girls to consider engineering as a career. In addition to the Gallery of Women Engineers with profiles on highly accomplished women, the site features career information, fun facts, cool links, and an essay contest.
  • BrainCake.org
    www.braincake.org
    This site is designed to give local girls their own online community filled with news, activities, games, mentoring and scholarship resources designed to foster their interest in the fields of math and science. Braincake.org is presented by the Girls, Math & Science Partnership, a public-private collaboration between Fred Rogers' Family Communication Inc., Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh.
  • The Math/Science Network: Expanding Your Horizons
    http://www.expandingyourhorizons.org/
    The Math/Science Network sponsors conferences that are designed to nurture girls' interest in science and math courses and to encourage them to consider science and math-based career options such as engineering, computer science, and physical science.
  • 4000 Years of Women in Science
    http://crux.astr.ua.edu/4000ws/
    This site allows visitors to learn about the amazing women who have contributed to human knowledge through their work in the sciences. It features biographies of famous (and not so famous) female scientists, as well as photos and reference lists.

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