From Alabama to Wyoming, educators are worrying that not enough is being done to make the study of science more interesting for elementary and high school students in the United States. Indeed, those concerned about the scientist shortage that is expected to hit the U.S. in the mid-1990s believe that boosting science education is the key to getting more young people interested in taking up a science career. A wide variety of community and national organizations have risen to this challenge, coming up with exciting summer courses for children and teenagers, from locally based programs to those whose scope is global and even beyond, covering a range of abilities and topics.

It's no wonder that summer is a time when science programs for youngsters abound; in summertime the learnin' is easy. Classrooms, textbooks, tests, and lab exercises are replaced with individual discovery and adventure. In summer, a child can learn...

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to digital editions of The Scientist, as well as TS Digest, feature stories, more than 35 years of archives, and much more!