CHANGE YOU CAN BRING
There are many ways to get involved in advocating for and providing early research participation opportunities. We all - individuals, organizations, students, teachers, parents, administrators, legislators, and investors - can and must play a role in bringing about change in when our young people begin to do real research.
The BEST ERP Forum, Early Photo, Early Video, ChemSemBlog, LabTales, ChemiVerses and Facebook pages will provide opportunities for anyone to share stories, post pictures, upload videos, ask questions, discuss concerns and just simply network and communicate about early research participation.
Demand change. Ask your teachers for more inquiry-based, open-ended, problem-based labs. Science labs that are done the same way they were done 30 or more years ago, where everyone knows the answer before they even do the experiment, must change.
Seek change. Contact college and university professors about summer and/or afterschool research opportunities for your kids. Instead of paying for and sending your high school kids to summer science camps, seek out real research opportunities for them.
CHANGE. It is within your power and ability to change when students begin to do inquiry-based, research-styled experiments. Some changes require little or no additional resources. Be creative. One experiment at a time is all it takes. This is the heart of science and you can bring this change.
Nurture change. Create the environment where it is expected that science teachers routinely incorporate research-style, rather than cookbook-style, experiments. Reward teachers, seek out private and public foundations that support this type of classroom innovation.
Enact change. Pass legislation that encourages early research participation. Any and every federal research grantee must involve high school, community college and early college students in laboratory research.
Support change. Invest in early research participation.
Advocate change. Let your elected officials, including school board members, know that you are in favor of early research participation. Ask them where they stand on the issue, and hold them accountable to implement specific legislation that promotes and supports early research participation as both an educational practice and economic strategy.