You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself. – Galileo
Imagine if engaging, passionate science teachers were paid to foster that same enthusiasm in their students? How many teachers’ and students’ lives could be transformed? What could be discovered? Who could benefit?
The Science Coach program is just starting to find out how our world can be changed by creating generations of critical thinkers. The program leverages the expertise of a Head Coach who has participated in the International Science Fair to share their knowledge and experiences with five teacher coaches, and supports them as they coach 6-12th grade students to create advanced authentic science research projects.
A team can be formed anywhere there are five teachers who have at least three years’ experience teaching science. Ideally, the teachers are in the same or neighboring school districts.
Like sports coaches, Science Coaches are paid a stipend for coaching students, receive funds for student project supplies, necessary data collection equipment, lab access, and can also receive college credit.
The Head Coach receives a stipend as a mentor who is responsible for each of the five teacher coaches as well as their own students research projects.
Like any sports team, the Science Coach program has a schedule, complete with a busy season and an “off-season.”
- May: Head Coaches and Teacher Coaches are selected.
- June and July: Head Coaches train their Teacher Coaches. Participate in the weeklong intensive summer professional development training.
- August-January: Teacher Coaches work with students using the program’s Advanced Innovation Methodology (AIM) Teacher to help students develop an idea for a project, refine questions, design the project, get Scientific Review Committee approval, and conduct the experiment/project. Head Coaches are available to answer questions and provide support throughout this time.
- February-May: Teacher Coaches aid students in entering juried competitions, with support from Head Coaches.
In addition, the Science Coach program continues to support student ideas that have commercialization/licensing opportunities or can add value to a growing body of research, connecting students to industry leaders and vetting ideas for commercial viability!
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