Society for Science & the Public

Society for Science & the Public is a champion for science, dedicated to expanding scientific literacy, effective STEM education and scientific research.

They are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization focused on promoting the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire.

Since 1921, the Society (originally known as Science Service) has conveyed the excitement of science and research directly to the public through their award-winning publications and since 1942, through their world-class science education competitions.

Today, the Society provides concise, accurate, and inspirational science news and opportunities to their nearly 100,000 subscribing members, the 70,000 alumni of their competitions worldwide, and millions of unique online visitors and social media followers.

Society for Science & the Public’s Publications

Science News-Letter became Science News in 1966 and its online component launched in 1996. Now updated continually online, Science News attracts over 12 million unique viewers annually.
In 2003, Science Service launched Science News for Kids to specifically appeal to 9- to 14-year-olds. This free online publication provides science news to students, parents, and educators.
In 2013, Science News for Kids became Science News for Students and additional educational content was added to the site to better reflect the increasing focus on providing resources aimed at classroom curricula.

Educational Competitions

In 1942, Science Service launched the Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most highly regarded science contest for high school seniors, first in partnership with Westinghouse, then with Intel 1998-2016, and now sponsored by Regeneron.
In 1950, Science Service created the National Science Fair for high school winners of local and regional science fairs, first held in Philadelphia. In 1958, the fair became international for the first time when Japan, Canada, and Germany joined the competition. This annual fair has since grown into the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) with affiliated fairs in more than 75 countries, regions, and territories.
From 1999-2007, Science Service partnered with Discovery Communications, Inc. on the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge. The Society continued the program in 2008 as the Society Middle School Program.
In 2010, with the generous support of Broadcom Foundation, the Society launched the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition for U.S. students in grades 6 to 8. In 2011, the Society launched Broadcom MASTERS International, which reaches middle school students across the world.
In 2009, with the generous support of Intel, the Society launched its Fellowship Program providing funds and training to selected U.S. science and math teachers who serve under-resourced students, to enable interested and motivated students to perform high-quality independent scientific research.
In 2013, in collaboration with the Tomorrow Project, Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, and the Intel Foundation, the Society hosted The Future: Powered by Fiction, a science fiction competition for ages 13-25.
Also in 2013, the Society partnered with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation on the Science Play and Research Kit (SPARK): Reimagining the 21st Century Chemistry Set competition. This competition was seeking ideas that engage and inspire both children and adults to become more involved in hands-on science.


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