Getting involved in your local community is one of the most powerful ways that we can have a positive impact on the future of science. From volunteering in schools or museums, to hosting science cafes, and everything in between, AAAS members are making a difference.

  • March 4, 2014

    New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof sparked ire among academics—including many scientists—when he suggested that academics don't do enough to engage with the public. I don’t think Kristof could have imagined the onslaught of responses that he received from academics, many on social media. »

  • November 14, 2013

    I once taught under a professor named Dean Ballotti. He was interesting because he had a Ph.D. and years of experience in geology, but later went back to school and got a degree in teaching. He instructed his classes to teach with a philosophy that centered around banishing the myths about science from the get-go and to stop teaching that science isn't “dirty.”

    Scientists make mistakes, he reasoned, and there are times when things are held together by whatever is lying around, such as the ubiquitous duct tape. Due to my experiences in the lab, I tended to agree with him. College students should have enough experience to know that sometimes, even when you follow the directions perfectly, the experiments do not come out as you thought they would and that there likely will be variations. While I taught with his philosophy during his university classes, I decided to see how it would fare during my volunteer services this year with kids at Indianapolis Children's Museum.  »

  • August 20, 2013

    Have you ever volunteered at a middle or elementary school science fair? If not, it’s definitely something you should consider. From inspiring young children to enjoy science, to meeting other like-minded volunteers at the event, to putting on exciting science demonstrations for all fairgoers to enjoy, helping out at local science exhibitions is fun and rewarding. »

  • August 6, 2013

    When I read LinkedIn Influencer and Cisco System's Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior's article on what makes her tick, I got to wondering about the pre-teen kids I'm volunteering with at a science and technology summer camp. For me, understanding the underlying factors of what motivates the kids to learn science and keep with it would help me become a better instructor for both substitute teaching and my volunteer work. I decided to poll them to help reveal these underlying factors, I hope that the information helps others understand their pupils as well. »

  • June 18, 2013

    If I learned anything from numerous sociology and psychology classes, it's that it is human to have leanings that align with our beliefs. It's quite natural that we all seek out things that we agree with and find value in. The media plays to these biases and uses them well to establish a persona and target audience. »