It’s an inspiration to see environmental outreach and science education working together to encourage a new generation of citizen and research scientists.
So when I heard that the NSF GK-12 program (National Science Foundation Graduate Fellows for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in K-12 Education) has been cancelled due to cuts in the 2012 budget, I couldn’t be more disappointed. An article published in Science describes reasoning for and reaction to this decision. It’s a large program, and an impactful one at that. Not only is it beneficial for K-12 classrooms, it is valuable experience for graduate students like myself. Suffice it to say that many, many people are upset.
If you want to add to the discussion and dissent, I encourage you to write to save GK-12 and support opportunities for science education.