guide has been prepared to help technical professionals become productively involved in
enhancing K-12 science education.
It has been prepared by scientists and engineers at Sandia National
Laboratories who have been extensively involved in the K-12 science education effort for
several years. These individuals relate what they have found to be key principles for
conducting effective education outreach activities. Many of these principles are
illustrated with examples of activities that proved successful (or less than successful)
in the Sandia program.
The guide is organized in a way that will help you access the material
which is most pertinent to your particular interests and needs, as shown below. We suggest
that everyone read chapter one, which provides general information on science education,
students and teachers. You should then proceed to the chapter(s) which are of greatest
interest to you.
As you read these chapters you will likely see points you will want to
expand upon based on your own experiences, ideas for initiatives you might like to pursue,
or thoughts about particular activities you might like to conduct. Jot down these ideas in
the margins or on separate note sheets as they come to you, or by tomorrow a good number
of them will be forever lost .
We hope that you will find the information contained here to be helpful
in your educational outreach efforts.