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U.S. students are lagging behind those of other countries in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) proficiency. Meanwhile, K-12 STEM teachers—many of whom, instructing the earlier grades especially, may not have a degree in science or related fields—often must focus on trying to “teach to the test.” What if they could invite researchers into the classroom to lead a lab exercise with students, to inspire kids about what being a scientist is really like, or to update them about the latest findings in their field?
That was the inspiration behind 1,000 Scientists in 1,000 Days, a Scientific American program that helps to connect teachers and scientists. We launched the sign-up component of the program in May, and more than 1,100 scientists, from all around the U.S., already have signed up to volunteer.
Now, educators can use the service to locate STEM professionals. Working together, scientists and teachers can help build a better future for our students and our country.
Scientific American is launching this program as part of Change the Equation activities led by our parent Nature Publishing Group. Whether you are a STEM professional, an educator or a student, we hope you find the service useful. We welcome your feedback as well, below in the comments section, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.