Science Booster Clubs
975 Booster Club members
54,000 people have come to Club events
4,200 students benefit from Club grants
What if there was a way for communities to directly support their local science teachers? Well, now there is. The National Center for Science Education has been piloting a Science Booster Club project in Iowa City since May of 2015. In the fall of 2015, we brought three more communities and school districts on board, including the Clear Creek Amana school district, the greater Cedar Rapids area, and West Branch. Now, in the winter of 2016, we're expanding to new locations: Grinnell, Des Moines, and Ames!
As of October 2016, the clubs have attracted more than 975 members, and have provided fun, community-based science education to over 54,000 people. We have raised money to fund 15 teacher requests that will have a lasting impact on more than 4,200 students per year. We've just finished our 4th funding cycle.
Science Booster Clubs (SBC) are a new way to support science education at the community level. You can read more about what’s going on in Iowa in these blog posts:
- Evolution and Children: Getting off to the Right Start
- Evolution at the Iowa State Fair
- Outreach with Impact
- NCSE's First Science Camp!
For right now, NCSE’s Science Booster Club project is in the research and development phase. We are learning from our experience in Iowa as we get ready to roll out the program nationwide. Right now, new clubs are starting to get off the ground, with volunteer groups forming in Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington DC. Do you want to help us beta test the program? Send Emily an email at schoerning @ ncse. com
We want to know what your local teachers need and help you find ways to bring fun science events to your community. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions, or if you’re interested in starting a booster club in your community when we go national.