Perceptions of Science in America

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences has released Perceptions of Science in America: A Report from the Public Face of Science Initiative, the first in a three-year series that will examine the relationship between scientists and the public.   It compiles data from public opinion surveys on general attitudes about science such as confidence and trust in science and scientists. The goal of this report is to increase awareness among science communicators, advocates, and researchers so they can better understand their audiences when developing outreach programs, messaging strategies, and educational materials. By identifying gaps in the current understanding, this report…

The Roots of STEM Success

The Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum has released the report, The Roots of STEM Success: Changing Early Learning Experiences to Build Lifelong Thinking Skills, which finds that children are capable of remarkable problem solving from the earliest of years.  Based on the review of more than 150 empirical studies from cognitive and developmental psychology and education, they found: 1) STEM thinking begins in infancy; 2) To become strong STEM thinkers, children need more play; 3) STEM amplifies language development; language enables STEM thinking: 4) Active, self-directed learning builds STEM skills and interest; 5) Mindset matters to STEM…