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The Society will build a high school teacher guide bridging the connection between classroom learning and new scientific discoveries.
The Society will build a high school teacher guide bridging the connection between classroom learning and new scientific discoveries.
330 backers pledged $25,751 to help bring this project to life.

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Society for Science & the Public is seeking funding to create a Teacher Guide companion for our Science News magazine. With this Teacher Guide, we will bridge the connection between everyday learning and the latest scientific discoveries as reported in Science News, and inspire more young people to pursue careers in science. The guide will provide content that helps teachers to maximize the classroom impact of Science News magazine and will be provided free of charge to schools participating in our exciting new program, Science News in High Schools. We hope to bring Science News to classrooms in high schools across the country and around the world.

The Teacher Guide for Science News will have specific questions in each issue that will help teachers incorporate content into their lesson plans and curricula. With access to this important resource, teachers can best help students link what they’re learning in their textbooks and labs to the latest discoveries, making topics more current, relevant and understandable, and inspiring more young people to pursue science. 

We know educators want this support. In a recent survey of teachers we conducted, 95 percent of respondents said they wanted Science News delivered to their classroom. 

We look forward to pursuing the worthy cause of transforming how students are asked to interact with science in the classroom. We expect to impact thousands of students with this project, as we have with our previous two successful Kickstarter campaigns. We appreciate all of our supporters who helped us bring both "Science Stories for the Classroom" and "Antarctica expedition to report on climate and environment" to life, and know we can continue to make a tremendous difference in the way both students and educators interact with science.

Who we are:

Society for Science & the Public’s vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate and inspire. We strive to encourage endless possibilities by engaging students, teachers and the public in the ever-changing fields of science. 

Science News has been published by the Society since 1922 and is read by tens of thousands every day online and by nearly 100,000 subscribing members. The magazine offers bold, contemporary, award-winning editorial content, detailed imagery, a blog network and access to archives going back to 1924. Science News provides student and adult readers alike an approachable overview from all fields and applications of science and technology.

Why we need your help: 

We could not do this critical work without the support of donors and supporters like you. This Teacher Guide will ensure that educators have the information they need to use Science News articles to meet their students' needs and align with required standards, including the new Next Generation Science Standards. We are thrilled to be finalizing partnerships that will support bringing Science News in High Schools to a pilot cohort of schools and teachers in ten states across the country in September. Without this Teacher Guide, educators will not be able to effectively harness the potential Science News has to make a real difference in how students interact with science. We know from our readers that Science News is an incredibly powerful resource and has the potential to change the life trajectory of the students who have access to it. 

Risks and challenges

This is the first time we will be creating a Teacher Guide of this scale, and there are generally risks associated with doing something new. Since we've been providing award-winning science journalism and educational programming for almost 100 years, we feel confident in our ability to deliver this project. In addition, we have surveyed teachers and they are thrilled by the idea of being able to incorporate relevant news more easily into their lesson plans. We are confident that we have the team in place to execute a quality product and make a huge impact on teachers and their classrooms. We hope you will join us!

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    We think you rock, and you'll have our heartfelt gratitude for helping to make Science News more accessible to high school students and teachers. Your pledge when fulfilled as a contribution to SSP is tax deductible.

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    As a special thanks for your generous support, you'll receive a digital subscription to Science News for six months along with our heartfelt gratitude for helping make Science News more accessible to high school students and teachers. Your pledge when fulfilled as a contribution to SSP is tax deductible, less the value of goods received.

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    As a special thanks for your generous support, you'll receive a one-year digital subscription to Science News. Your pledge when fulfilled as a contribution to SSP is tax deductible, less the value of goods received.

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    As a special thanks for your generous support, you'll receive a year's digital subscription to Science News. You'll also receive our awesome science t-shirt to let people know that you love and support science. Your pledge when fulfilled as a contribution to SSP is tax deductible, less the value of goods received.

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    As a special thanks for your generous support, you'll receive a year's print and digital subscription to Science News. Never miss a moment in science. You'll also receive our awesome science t-shirt to let people know that you love and support science. Your pledge when fulfilled as a contribution to SSP is tax deductible, less the value of goods received.

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    This is a limited edition collector's item. As a special thanks for your generous support, you'll receive a very special, limited edition 90th-anniversary leather-bound anthology of every cover, every article, every issue of Science News from its 90th anniversary year. You'll also receive a one-year print and digital subscription to Science News, and our awesome science t-shirt to let people know that you love and support science. Your pledge when fulfilled as a contribution to SSP is tax deductible, less the value of goods received.

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