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.

  • June 19, 2015

    No single scientific field is likely to save the world. The most critical problems facing society in the 21st century are best tackled through approaches that transcend individual disciplines and traditional academic structures, according to a National Academy of Sciences report»

  • January 14, 2015

    It wasn’t his 30-year career leading a branch of drug discovery at Schering-Plough and Merck that impressed Emmanuel Crespo. Or his pioneering research in the use of cannabinoids as anti-inflammatory drug targets.

    It was the quality of AAAS Fellow Charles Lunn’s questions that fascinated the Drew University junior, his future lab assistant and mentee. »

  • September 8, 2014

    Science education non- profit Iridescent recently launched a new version of their online project based learning and mentoring platform the Curiosity Machine. This learning experience includes videos of scientists and design challenges. A key aspect of the design challenges is that students upload pictures and videos, along with textual responses about their learning, and receive individualized feedback from mentors. »

  • June 2, 2014

    Attendance at this year’s AAAS/SSE STEM Volunteer Program Annual Meeting impressed even its most ardent supporters. About 80 people turned up to listen to Heidi Schweingruber, deputy director the National Research Council’s (NRC) Board on Science Education, talk about a two-year study and report published by a combined NAE (National Academy of Engineering)/NRC Committee, entitled “STEM Integration in K-12 Education.” Her presentation was followed by a panel of five STEM volunteers and their teachers talking about their collaborations in the classroom. These five partnerships were a small representation of the 115-strong AAAS/SSE STEM volunteer team who are supporting teachers in the City of Falls Church, Va., and in four counties in the Washington, D.C.-metro area.

  • May 24, 2014

    This year, AAAS volunteers had a special role to play at the USA Science and Engineering Festival held annually in Washington D.C. The April 26-27 festival, which drew more than 350,000 people, included a phalanx of volunteers who generously donated their time and expertise—including 75 volunteers who assisted at the AAAS activity stations. »