The question, “Who wants to be America’s next great scientist, engineer, mathematician, or designer of solar cars,” was answered with waving hands and enthusiastic replies of “me” from many of Netosh Jones’ third grade students during Secretary Arne Duncan’s visit at Martin Luther King Elementary School to launch National Lab Day 2010.
Duncan joined National Lab Day founder Jack Hidary, members of the scientific community, school officials, students and volunteer engineers from the business community for a hands-on lesson assembling and operating battery-powered “science” cars. Ms. Jones’ third graders joined students across the school, many across the District of Columbia, and thousands across the nation for a day of scientific inquiry, experiential learning and good old fashioned fun.
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National Lab Day (NLD) is a nationwide effort to support science technology engineering and math (STEM) education in our schools by connecting teachers with STEM professionals to bring discovery-based science experiences to students in grades K-12. NLD, a component of President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign, was launched in response to the President’s call at the National Academy of Sciences last spring for all Americans to join the cause of elevating STEM education as a national priority.
The first annual National Lab Day was Wednesday, May 12th, though National Lab Day projects are taking place in schools throughout the year. To date, NLD has created over 1700 projects, matched 11,000 teachers and volunteers, and made over 69,000 connections between volunteers and supporting organizations and resources to help bring discovery-based science experiences to students across the country.
To learn more about National Lab Day, please visit www.nationallabday.org.
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