2021 Annual Report: Outreach & Equity
Supporting STEM Champions Across the Country
The Advocate Program provides training, stipends, equipment and year-round support to mentors working with underrepresented and low-income students interested in entering science research competitions. In 2020–2021 school year, students of the 66 Advocates took part in over 1,000 fairs and competitions.
Connecting Educators to the Latest Science Journalism
Science News in High Schools delivers world-class science journalism to classrooms across the United States. The program’s Educator Guides supply teachers with lesson plans that are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and further engage students’ curiosity. Over 5 million students and 17,000 educators have participated in the program since its founding.
Shaping the Next Generation of STEM Leaders
From bridging gender gaps in STEM fields to combating climate change, the STEM Action Grant program supports organizations doing the vital work of expanding opportunities in STEM for young people across the country.
Investigating the Wide World Around Us
Through the STEM Research Grant program, the Society provided research kits to 100 middle and high school science educators to help their students conduct scientific research outside the classroom during the 2020–2021 school year. The teachers, who hail from 38 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, each chose from a selection of 13 high-quality kits valued at $1,000 each.
Reunited and Reaffirmed in Supporting Students Everywhere
In the first hybrid High School Research Teachers Conference, high school teachers from around the country gathered online while those living near the Society’s home of Washington, D.C., met in person. The conference welcomed 130 teachers and included peer-led sessions that focused on topics ranging from leading students in independent scientific research to engaging students from underserved communities.
Building Community in a Virtual World
In the midst of a year in which educators were faced with unprecedented challenges, the Society welcomed over 100 teachers from 27 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and Guam to the 2021 Middle School Research Teachers Conference. Participating entirely on a virtual platform, the teachers connected for three interactive days, building community and sharing best practices.