OUTREACH TO K-12 - Aspirations and Goals:
(1) Bring Cutting Edge Science, Engineering and Mathematics to K-12 teachers and Students in innovative and engaging ways.
Replace sports heroes with science and math heroes.
Explain and show everyone that the scientific method is alive and well - modern science is happening now in venues near you!
Simplify but do not eliminate the math that scientists use to do their work.
What used to be a one-day-field trip to a museum or science exhibit can now become an essential component of the curriculum.
(2) Use mathematics to enrich both math and science - make them more interesting and raise their level simultaneously.
Use technology to create games, simulations and videos which engage, encourage, and provoke questions and dreams in young minds.
Enhance the professional lives of K-12 science and math educators by showing them many "content adventures".
(3) Connect scientists, educators, and education researchers - bridge the pedagogy gap.
Help scientists to appreciate the importance of pedagogy, the challenge of pedagogy, and the essentiality of studying and refining learning objectives.
(4) Raise the respect of the K-12 teaching profession among university researchers, administrators, and professional organizations.
Help get more credit in promotion and tenure decisions for K-12 outreach activities.
Help cutting edge science researchers and their students get excited about and learn how to share their findings and their passion for learning with K-12.
Enhance the educational divisions of science and math research organizations with a focus on outreach to K-12.
Help parents, teachers, students and school board leaders to understand the importance of math and science education.