Society for Science & the Public launched the Science News in High Schools program this week, as part of a larger commitment to create a more scientifically literate society. More than 170,000 students and 10,000 educators at 238 schools in 21 states and the United Kingdom will gain free access to content produced by Science News. Beginning with the September 19 issue, schools participating in the program receive log-in access to the Science News website for the entire school, 10 print copies, and an online educator guide with discussion questions for each issue to help teachers incorporate the content into their lesson plans and curriculum.
For the 2015-2016 school year, Alcoa Foundation has sponsored 124 schools (118 schools in the United States and 6 in the United Kingdom); Regeneron has sponsored 85 schools (all in New York); an anonymous donor has sponsored 10 schools (all in North Carolina) and 19 schools have been sponsored by individuals. The teacher guide was funded via a Kickstarter campaign, which raised $35,751 from 331 supporters, including funds submitted online through Kickstarter and checks received directly. These sponsorships allow schools to access Science News at no cost to students, teachers, or the school district.