Kate Stone loves science. Her lifelong dream has always been to make awesome scientific research accessible to a general audience. However, most scientific research cannot be accessed by people who are not affiliated with a university or research institution. And yet voters, lawmakers, and global leaders need and want that information. That’s why she sharted GotScience.org – a digital publication that delivers science to the public in order to help increase global understanding of science, nature, technology, and society.
Kate’s team consists of over 20 volunteers who publish widely accessible summaries of complex scientific research, as well as original content created by their scientists, photographers, and writers. The material is available online for FREE and is easy for the general public to access and understand. GotScience also serves as a platform for scientists to share their work with people outside academia, to provide experience and mentorship to young science communicators, and to forge partnerships with other popular science groups. It’s a win-win.
What’s more, a growing number of teachers are now using GotScience articles and photos in their classrooms. At the request of those teachers, Kate and her team recently piloted a new series of educational support materials, including custom teaching guides, activities, and discussion questions to accompany five of their articles. Those are now freely available to teachers. Our AWB grant will be put towards the creation of a larger set of educational materials that will also be free for teachers. Amazing!
So what are you waiting for? Go to GotScience.org, sign up for their weekly digest, and go crazy reading up on things like grizzly bears, corals, sea turtles, and the Dakotaraptor! You can also follow GotScience on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.