Classroom Collision: This Program Gets Scientists to Teach Kids Science

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When it comes to science, American students lag behind the rest of the world. How can teachers and parents get students interested?

When it comes to science literacy, the United States ranks behind many other countries, and there is a growing gap between science and technology jobs and the number of professionals who have the right qualifications to get them. The creator of a Boston nonprofit believes the problem starts at a young age.

According to Erika Ebbel Angle, the founder of Science from Scientists, “Many elementary and middle school teachers are afraid to teach science due to their own lack-of-preparedness.” She adds: “Students are not being exposed at a young enough age, and thus fall behind by the time they are in middle school.”

To get kids excited about the field, Angle’s Science from Scientists program sends real scientists into the classrooms of 4th through 8th graders, in Massachusetts and California, to teach students throughout the school year.

The Takeaway talks with Angle and Kara Miller, the host of the public radio program "Innovation Hub," which is produced by our partners WGBH and PRI, about efforts to engage and train students in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.

Check out some Science from Scientists photos below. 

 John Hockenberry is hosting The Takeaway live from our partner station, WGBH in Boston today. John will also host an event at MIT later today, celebrating the life of the late Marvin Minksy who was a founding member of the MIT Media Lab and an early pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence.