Are you a 6-12thgrade student or a parent of a student who loves science, is interested in problem solving, and likes to be challenged? Do you want to know more about how to experience true advanced authentic science research? Want to build your resume while doing something you enjoy? Want to hone a skill set that is applicable throughout your entire life?

The Science Coach program introduces students to the processes associated with critical thinking, offers unparalleled exposure, and engages students in a personalized learning experience. Being in the Science Coach program is for students who have the creativity to investigate a question, the determination to follow through on their ideas, and the courage and confidence to believe they can discover something that will change the world.

Much like a sports team, an experienced Head Coach works with a team of five science teachers who, in turn, coach groups of students to formulate questions and discover answers in a methodical way. Find out more about how it works here.

As a Science Coach participant, you receive:

  • Access to local professional labs and specialized equipment
  • Project supplies and some mileage reimbursement
  • Unparalleled access to subject matter and industry experts
  • Opportunity to earn a stipend of $1000 if you participate as a senior
  • Intellectual property evaluation/protection
  • Unmatched college resume building experience
  • Engaged Coaches and fellow team members

Since its inception, Science Coach participants have won 65 national/international science fair competition awards. Three participants received top 4 placements in their division in the world at the International Science & Engineering Fair. Participants have invented a home test to determine if a tick is carrying Lyme disease, explored the decreasing bee population, and created an environmentally safe way to eradicate the Emerald Ash Borer. Oh, and many have been offered full scholarships to college – over $1.2 million since 2007.

But the real win is in learning how to think critically about the problems of today and tomorrow. Through the Science Coach program, students are learning to think like scientists, develop a passion for lifelong inquiry, and build a foundation for success.

If a student’s project results in a potential business or commercialization opportunity, Science Coach pays for and enables that process to happen. See how the process works here.

Have questions or ready to apply to become a Science Coach participant? Contact us here.

If your school does not offer authentic research and competition opportunities, register for the AIM Online Research Class – a year-long class taught by one of our experienced Science Coach teachers.  Using AIM Student, students complete lessons and activities as they develop their own individual research project.  Classes meet live once a week via Zoom to review research outcomes and concepts, and work to apply those concepts to the student’s authentic research project.  For more information, download the AIM Student Flyer or email  Register today – Class starts August 14th!


“The science coach program has brought the distant near for me. It has given me opportunities that I would not have had otherwise. Without the supply money that I received from the coaching program, my project on bee health would not have been as successful as it was. With the Science Coach program, I was able to attend two additional International Science and Engineering Fairs. In addition to competing and winning prizes at these fairs, I met people from all over the world and not only learned about their projects but about their cultures as well. I was able to attend symposia taught by professionals in their fields, which helped me gain a better understanding of the possibilities for my project and others. I was given an opportunity to present my project before many judges and peers, allowing me to gain valuable public speaking experience which I can use in many other areas of my life. I have gained confidence and plan to continue my research thanks to the Science Coach program!”

– Elizabeth Wamsley, Age 17
Project: Saving the Honey Bee from Varroa Destructor (a mite) Using RNA-interference