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The Science Booster Club Project: Building Grassroots Support for Science Education

Accurate, quality science education is a necessary and crucial element of our nation's response to climate change. Research from the National Center for Science Education has shown that while climate change is addressed in many schools, this often occurs in the context of a debate-format exercise in a humanities class. NCSE has also learned that teachers often avoid teaching potentially controversial science due to a lack of community support. The Science Booster Club Project is a dynamic way to build grassroots support for teachers and science education, while providing hands-on education about these same potentially controversial topics to the larger community. SBC activities help to destigmatize science, provide dynamic community education, and support teachers both financially and emotionally.

Emily Schoerning, Ph.D. is NCSE's Director of Community Organizing and Research. Schoerning earned her Ph.D. in microbiology at Arizona State University and then, as a post-doctoral research scholar at the University of Iowa, turned her attention to science education research. In Iowa, she established partnerships to support and improve science education in rural communities. At NCSE, she will be building on that work by spearheading a new initiative that aims to help local communities form and nurture coalitions to support and improve science education.

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