Be a Science Education Advocate in your Community

Created by Jennifer L. B. Anderson, Ph.D., SERC, Carleton College

Be a Science Education Advocate in Your Local School District

There are many roles for scientists in local school districts such as being a member of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), the school board, or volunteering their time to review science textbooks and curricula. Scientists are recognized as leaders in their communities and can use their voices to support practicing science teachers and quality science education programs. A scientist who is an active science advocate raises the profile of science in their community and makes their work more visible and accessible to the general public.

Advocate Science Education through Community Outreach

Write a letter in support of high-quality science education to local news organizations. Give a public talk or field trip to the general community. Offer your time to local science organizations, museums, zoos, etc.


Invite a class of students or a group of teachers to visit your lab.