Every crisis brings opportunity, and behind the challenges we face as
science educators is a looming opportunity to engage our students in some of the
most important questions that affect their lives. Even our youngest students are
acutely aware of the ways in which crises such as the Covid pandemic, extreme
weather, and climate change have impacted their lives, and this awareness
provides a genuine opportunity to engage students with the scientific process.
Contrary to what the daily grind of the news cycle seems to tell us, we are
actually living in a golden age of scientific innovation and discovery. Almost
without exception, the crises we face today have scientific solutions, and each
of them provides a way to make science meaningful, interesting, and exciting to
our students. That is the challenge we face, but it is also why today is
actually the “Best of Times” to be a science educator, and we should make the
most of it.
Participants will be presented with some of the principal challenges facing science educators around the nation, and will examine specific ways educators can respond effectively to these challenges.
Kenneth Miller (Brown University: Providence, RI)