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About Science Buddies

The award-winning Science Buddies website engages students with a revolutionary approach to personalized, out-of-school time science education. Imagine visiting a science museum where every exhibit is personalized to match your exact interests—that's what Science Buddies is creating online. Currently focused on K-12 hands-on science activities and experiments, we have a library of more than 1000 project ideas covering topics in 30 scientific fields, and growing. There are matches for virtually every student—whether it's a project to make a piezoelectric pickup for acoustic guitar, identify genes that are over-expressed in pancreatic cancer tissue, create a microbial fuel cell, or study how exercise affects memory.

To help students find an intrinsically interesting project, we have borrowed concepts from e-commerce to develop an "intelligent" recommender for the Science Buddies website. The tool we created, the Topic Selection Wizard, asks questions about everyday interests and grade level and then directs students to matching project ideas in the library. Students who use the Wizard are 95% more likely to find a project idea that satisfies them compared with students who simply browse possible projects.

Science Buddies' work has generated enthusiasm among scientists and educators, in addition to students and parents. In April, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the journal Science, the most preeminent scientific publication in the world, awarded the Science Buddies website the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education. This has enhanced our already excellent reputation among scientists such as research partners at MIT, Scripps, Stanford, and UC. The American Library Association, the Parents' Choice Foundation, and the SciLinks program of the National Science Teachers Association also recommend Science Buddies.

Whether our user's goal is to find a fun science activity for the kids or win the international science fair, sciencebuddies.org puts comprehensive, scientist-authored tools, tips, and techniques at her fingertips.


Current Job Opportunities

Science Buddies is always looking for talented people to join our team. Please send a cover letter and resume to scibuddy@sciencebuddies.org.