Hundreds of High Schools Receive Free Magazines About Science

January 25, 2019

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Heather Thorstensen
Manager of Communications
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society or (919) 549-4691 ext. 216

January-February 2019 American Scientist coverRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—A public effort is underway across the United States to support high school science teachers and students. It started last November on Giving Tuesday, when science supporters donated more than $14,000. That was enough to send one-year subscriptions of the award-winning magazine American Scientist  to 650 high schools. 

Schools began receiving the magazines this month. The list of schools was built from public recommendations. (See the school list.)

The only stipulation of the fundraiser was that the magazines would benefit schools located in a state that has had proposals or laws that would threaten science education. At first, the goal was to send magazines to schools in 10 states by raising $5,000, but that grew to supporting schools in 22 states as more and more donations came in. At least 22 states—nearly half of America—have faced proposals that could negatively change how science is taught in public classrooms, ranging from allowing the teaching of alternate views of scientific concepts—such as evolution and climate change—to enabling residents to oppose science textbooks. 

American Scientist’s publisher, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, organized the fundraiser to give teachers and students a supplemental source of evidence-based information in their classrooms. The magazine is about science, technology, and engineering and is written by researchers. 

The public responded with the names of 650 schools in just a matter of weeks when Sigma Xi asked for help finding schools. Schools will receive all six issues of the magazine during the year. Sigma Xi hopes to grow the campaign by raising enough money this Giving Tuesday—December 3, 2019—to keep the subscriptions free for all 650 schools and to add more schools to the list. 

More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety