Have you ever wanted to initiate an innovative program for your district or school, but didn’t have the infrastructure or funds? Have you been searching for a way to set your district apart to attract students—and prestige? Have you and your team searched for a way to incorporate meaningful and impactful STEM curricula that will truly engage students?
The Science Coach program solves these challenges. A social entrepreneurship program, Science Coach engages 6-12th grade students and teachers in developing the critical thinking skills needed for project-based STEM research. The Science Coach program coaches students to choose questions of personal interest, create procedures to test hypotheses, arrive at answers with validity, and build confidence in solving real world problems. Much like a sports team, an experienced head science 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.
The best part? You don’t have to do anything. Your teachers earn Continuing Education credits and a stipend for coaching students. In addition, they receive equipment and project supplies so students have what they need to participate in next-level science competitions. If your school(s) participates for three years, the teacher keeps this premium equipment forever!
As a Science Coach school/district, you receive:
- Cost-free way to retain your best STEM faculty. Head coaches and teacher coaches receive an annual stipend for participating
- Professional development and opportunity to earn graduate school credits for your teachers
- Free high-level science equipment for your school and students
- Free project supplies for students
- Prestige and accomplishments that are press-worthy to get your school or district positive publicity
Science Coach participants have won 13 international science fair competitions. 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 Bore. Many have been offered full scholarships to college.
But the real win is in coaching students in the process of critical thinking so they are well equipped to solve the problems of today and tomorrow. Through the Science Coach program, students are building a foundation for future success.
Ready to get your school or district involved? Have questions? The Science Coach program encourages them! Contact us here.
“The Science Coaching program has provided my students the resources necessary to conduct science fair projects and has helped me be a better teacher.”
– Ben Martin
“Being a Science Coach has been a very rewarding experience. I feel much more confident and knowledgeable about helping my students achieve success when doing independent research. Many of my students have won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Mastodon Art/Science Regional Fair as well as special awards ranging from scholarships to the opportunity to apply for additional science fairs, including the International Science and Engineering Fair. ”
– Amy Kimbrell, High School Science Teacher and Science Coach, Crystal City, MO.