Science Community Outreach
The mantra of “science is all around you” echoes through a multitude of classrooms and textbooks. However, as our youth step out of their schools every afternoon, there is frequently very little evidence of the value placed by society on science in their communities, and little connection is made between the science curriculum learned at school and student identities as they participate in their everyday life activities. Community-based science programs bring science to the neighborhoods in which the youth live and allow community members access to a wide range of scientific processes in familiar settings. They can be powerful experiences for all if they are well designed and situated.
Science practitioners, ranging from gardeners, farmers, and chefs to engineers and doctors, have science concepts and skills embedded in their daily tasks. When communities are able to highlight the relationship between these activities and science,...