FFSE is fortunate in having many longtime supporters who renew their memberships year after year. We decided to ask a few of these longtime Friends why they consider it worthwhile to support science education in this way. Here are their thoughts:
I have attended many programs for teachers around the country.
Sometimes just attending, sometimes presenting. Most programs
were top down. Teachers were invited in and given something that
college profs or educators thought they needed or were lacking.
Fermilab Friends for Science Education first asked the teachers
what THEY wanted, ran needs assessments WITH teachers, and
trusted teachers to set up and run the programs. In other words, it
was teachers teaching teachers. Fermilab Friends for Science Education
was on the cutting edge of technology training, cross-curricular
work and helping set up teacher alliance groups. It helped develop
a renaissance in my teaching career. My hope is that it will continue
to do so with other teachers in the future.
Science greatly influences the lives we live and the decisions
we make—as individuals, as nations and as the world. FFSE provides
teachers and students with the opportunity to see the world
through the eyes of a scientist, teaching them to ask the right questions
and to find the right solutions. It is an investment in the future
of our society.
Fermilab Friends has a record of providing high-quality, innovative
programs for teachers and students. Unlike many programs
and school curricula, these emphasize the process and nature of
science and are developed by teachers working with scientists.
As a research lab, Fermilab is in a unique position to provide
these programs, but it requires supplemental funding to develop
and support them. FFSE, as a non-profit, can apply for grants and
solicit members and provide this additional support.
I support Fermilab Friends for Science Education because
Marge Bardeen is one of the most sensible people I know, and
the aims of the education programs at Fermilab are impeccable.