'Science Friday' Seeking Educators for Collaborations


For 25 years, Science Friday has been producing award-winning multimedia for web, radio, YouTube, and social media. By reaching millions of people and working with a growing network of scientists and innovators—including Nobel laureates, MacArthur geniuses, Pulitzer Prize winners, and world-famous explorers—we aim to promote a greater understanding of science and technology in the general public.

We need your help! 

Educators like you are our allies in communicating the value of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the general public. We think that by working together, we can combine powerful media and innovative education practices to inspire students to pursue careers in discovery and innovation.

The Science Friday Initiative is conducting a nationwide search for creative, highly motivated, and dedicated STEM educators to participate in the collaborative development of new multimedia-driven education resources. You’ll work directly with Science Friday staff to produce and share compelling approaches to STEM education inspired by interviews and stories from real scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Science Friday will support your work with stunning visuals and multimedia, and will then share your content with a larger audience.

Why should I participate?
Participants in the collaborative will receive:

  • An opportunity to demonstrate your education expertise and insight to a large audience.
  • Creative and editorial guidance from Science Friday to develop educational resources.
  • A virtual visit to your classroom from a scientist, engineer, or mathematician, drawn from Science Friday’s community of STEM professionals.
  • Materials for implementing your activities with your students.
  • Bragging rights! The Science Friday Educator Collaborative is a nationally competitive program with only a select number of participants.
  • Connections to educator peers who are creating and sharing compelling approaches to STEM education across the nation.
  • Science Friday Swag (T-shirt!).
  • A byline. The multimedia-supported educational resource you develop will be featured on www.sciencefriday.com.

Oh, and did we mention that you’ll also receive an honorarium of $500.00 for your work?

Who can participate?
Any educator working full-time with K-12 students in a classroom, after-school program, zoo, museum, or any other informal educational institution or program. Educators must have a proven track record of designing and implementing original educational experiences for students. Educators must have completed a minimum of three years in their setting and must submit the contact information for an administrator or supervisor who can attest to their professional excellence as an instructor and facilitator. Selected applicants must be available for two remote orientation sessions the week of April 11, 2016 after 4 p.m. PST/7 p.m. EST.

This sounds like me! How do I apply?

  • Complete the online application.
  • Email your resume and one original education resource that you have created to EdCollab2016@sciencefriday.com.
    Please save your supporting documents as PDFs with the following naming convention: LastnameFirstname_resume.pdf, and LastnameFirstname_worksample.pdf
  • All application materials are due Friday March 11, 2016, by 5 p.m. EST.

When will I know I am selected?
Educators will be notified whether or not they have been selected by March 31, 2016.

What happens once I’ve been selected?
We’ll get right down to it! The first two web-based trainings will occur after 4 p.m. PST/7 p.m. EST the week of April 11, 2016. Attendance at these web-based meetings is mandatory. (We will choose specific dates that week based on participant availability).

What are the program requirements in a nutshell?

  • Participate in four web-based trainings.
    • Orientation/Program Expectations (week of April 11, 2016)
    • Resource Creation & Publishing (week of April 11, 2016)
    • Creation of Visual Media and Digital Artifacts (week of May 9, 2016)
    • Effective Digital Resource Promotion (Late summer 2016)
  • Create, revise, refine, and work with Science Friday staff to create an original educational resource (lesson plan, activity, strategy, game, experiment, or other learning experience based on one or more Science Friday multimedia artifacts).
  • Provide constructive feedback on two peer-generated resources.
  • Create a digital artifact showing the use of your educational resource by students.
  • Complete pre- and post-program evaluation surveys.

If you’re excited to improve your professional practice, get your work published, and join an amazing community of STEM educators, please complete the online application and send your resume and one original education resource that you have created to EdCollab2016@sciencefriday.com. We look forward to working with you!

The Science Friday Education Team