Science Coaches is an education outreach
initiative dedicated to enhancing science skills in
students by partnering chemists with K- 12 teachers.
You can volunteer as a Science Coach through
One-on-One or Teams.
Why become a coach?
Spread a positive message about chemistry
Demonstrate that chemistry can be fun and exciting
Make a difference in the lives of students
Lend your expertise to a science teacher
Give back to your community
As a coach you can:
Answer chemistry questions
Serve as a science role model for students
Organize stockrooms or labs
Give a presentation about your job or field of study
Develop lesson plans, lab experiments, or demonstrations
And much more! Each partnership or team is different!
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and Lipuma convincingly allayed such
fears, sharing their experience reporting on the unfamiliar fields of diabetes
and geophysics research, respectively.
They mentioned that their scientific
training equipped them to communicate about science in other fields as well
as their own. In fact, a lack of knowledge also helped reduce what might be
called “expert blindness,” prompting
them to ask more critical questions and
clarify doubts from the point of view of
a non-expert reader.
(c) Choice of language: Dylewski
shared a personal story to do with
making a video to debunk the myths
of homeopathy. Apologizing for having
mocked viewers who believe in homeopathy, he lamented, in hindsight, that
he had not tried to understand why
some people believed they could use
homeopathy to address their health
concerns and that he had not included
their perspective in his video. Therefore,
Dylewski advised audience members
to find reliable colleagues and ask them
to review pitches and written or video
items to avoid alienating any specific
Are you [panelists] happy as
Although an individual who wishes to
become a science communicator will
face some barriers in getting started as
well as some challenges in gaining proficiency, none of the panelists regretted
their career choices. They also reported
some very satisfying outcomes. Rebecca Trager, a correspondent for
Chemistry World, shared her passion for
covering world events and policies that
shape science. Lipuma recounted how
an article she wrote prompted Greenland’s government to demand action to
clean up nuclear waste in their region.
Last but not least, the panelists
shared the joy they felt when an audience member who had enjoyed their
work sent in positive messages to cheer
I hope that my personal story and those
of the panelists have gotten you think-
ing and excited about the field of science
communications. If you need more
guidance, please feel free to refer to one
of my previous articles at http://blogs.
to find resources addressing different
ways to communicate about science. n
Andy Tay is grateful for financial support from ACS and the SciFinder®
Future Leaders Program.
Ph.D. in bioen-
UCLA and is
fellow at Stan-
through the sup-
port of the National University of Singa-
pore Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship. In
his free time, Andy enjoys using the gym
and writing. You can find him on Linked-
In, Google Scholar, and his Webpage.
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