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Parents Science Initiative

Parents Science Initiative

"Science education cannot be experienced in schools alone."
Kenneth Hess, Founder, Science Buddies

The Parents Science Initiative, sponsored by Science Buddies, is a call to action, led by prominent scientists, to encourage parents to take an active role in their children's science education. Like reading and math, science literacy is vital to a student's future success in the highly technical and digital world of the 21st century. The Parents Science Initiative provides free online resources here on the Science Buddies website to help parents find ways to start a science dialogue, encourage a child's interest in science, and explore science activities at home. Key tools include activities, project ideas, and support in all areas of science, from physics and food science to music, microbiology, and more.

Now Is the Time to Focus on Science at Home

In the 21st century, workers, parents, and students will need basic science literacy to thrive in a complex, global society. Everyone will need to make educated decisions about health, what is seen in the media, purchases from a store, decisions about the environment, voting, and prospects for meaningful work, all based upon scientific principles and concepts. Science is touching us at every level and today's young people need to be prepared for the complicated world they will inherit. Schools cannot foster a love and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math alone. Schools need parents' help by encouraging an appreciation for, and competency in these important subjects, at home.

It has become second nature for many parents to encourage reading. The Parents Science Initiative encourages parents to adopt the same attitude toward science. Science Buddies is the primary sponsor of the Parents Science Initiative and has created resources for parents who want to take positive action to foster science literacy, including:

Resources for Parents

Science Buddies has developed a Parent Resources section with information and tips to help parents take and active role in their children's science education.

Parents Science Initiative Ambassadors

The following science and technology professionals will act as spokespeople for the campaign.

  • Bernard Harris Dr. Bernard Harris is an accomplished NASA astronaut, physician, and businessman. He serves as president of The Harris Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization he founded in 1998 to develop math and science education programs for America's youth.
  • Douglas Osheroff Dr. Douglas Osheroff, along with Drs. David Lee and Robert Richardson, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1996 for the discovery of superfluidity in helium-3. Dr. Osheroff is currently Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and holds the J.G. Jackson and C.J. Wood Professorship in Physics at Stanford University.
  • Steven Vogt Dr. Steven Vogt is Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Lick Observatory, UC Santa Cruz. Steve has been at Lick Observatory for the past 21 years. He built both the Hamilton spectrometer at Lick (with which most of the first extra-solar planets were discovered) and HIRES, the world's most powerful spectrometer on the Keck Ten-meter telescope in Hawaii. Dr. Vogt is currently a member of the California-Carnegie Planet Search Team. This preeminent extra-solar planet search team is building a new telescope in the Lick Observatory that will be the most powerful in the world, able to track planets to a precision of 1 meter per second.
  • Kenneth Hess Kenneth L. Hess is the Founder and President of Science Buddies. Ken successfully wears a lot of hats in his life: educator, entrepreneur, engineer, and author—not to mention amateur photographer and astronomer. And no matter which of those hats he's wearing it's his nature to create and build something new, be it an original product, solution, or organization. When he saw how much his daughter learned doing her own science projects, it was only a matter of time before he founded Science Buddies in an effort to create the same positive learning experience for students everywhere. Prior to turning toward education, Ken popularized computer genealogy by designing, developing, and selling the Family Tree Maker product line, which has sold millions of copies and fostered the creation of some of the most popular sites on the Internet.

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