Since, 1950, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been the major source of federal backing in many fields such as mathematics, computer science, and the social sciences. NSF’s goals of discovery, learning, research infrastructure, and stewardship, provide an integrated strategy to advance the frontiers of knowledge, cultivate a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce, and expand the scientific literacy of all citizens.
One essential element of NSF’s mission is support for science and engineering education, from pre-K through graduate school and beyond. The research funded by NSF is thoroughly integrated with education to help ensure that there will always be plenty of skilled people available to work in new and emerging scientific, engineering and technological fields, and plenty of capable teachers to educate the next generation. It’s About Time has been honored to receive several NSF-funded grants to develop innovative, research-based science curricula. We have also been privileged to publish numerous other NSF-funded curricula developed by our partner institutions.
NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education. As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. NASA will continue the Agency’s tradition of investing in the Nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.
Members of the NASA Ames Research Center made a significant contribution to the development of Astrobiology as science reviewers.
One aspect of the mission of the Museum of Science, Boston is to inspire lifelong appreciation of the importance and impact of science and engineering. The National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®), the Museum’s initiative, has been helping to educate children and adults in a variety of educational settings since 2004. As one of the world’s largest science centers, the Museum leads a nationwide effort to bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) alive for everyone.
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is a non-profit federation that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other Earth scientists worldwide. Their mission is to raise public interest in the Earth sciences and the important contributions they make in the lives of people throughout the world. AGI sponsors Earth Science Week and provides the most accurate information available through their Web site www.agiweb.org.
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is a professional membership association of scientists around the world dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through improving physics education. They are committed to providing the most current resources and up-to-date research needed to enhance a physics educator's professional development, resulting in not only a deeper appreciation of the teaching profession, but also a more enthusiastic involvement from students.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is the world’s leading non-profit organization for chemical engineering professionals, with over 45,000 members from over 90 countries. One of AIChE’s objectives is to increase interest, awareness, and excitement for science and engineering in K-12 students and prepare future engineering students and professionals to creatively solve technical challenges in an ethical, environmentally responsible, and socially conscious way.
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is a non-profit membership organization, international in scope, with the mission to increase the understanding and appreciation of astronomy. It serves K-12 educators who work in classrooms as well as those who provide professional development (PD) to teachers. ASP designs and organizes diverse programs and services to support the teaching of astronomy as the gateway to science literacy: workshops, publications, bibliographies, PD conferences, and networking.
The mission of Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is an agency that enriches life through science. Their reach goes from the surface of the Sun to the depths of the ocean floor– providing daily weather forecasts and severe storm warnings; monitoring change in climate; conserving and managing coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. NOAA’s scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers, and other decision makers with reliable information they need.
For more than forty years, TERC has been introducing millions of students throughout the United States to the exciting and rewarding worlds of math and science learning. TERC is an independent, research-based organization led by a group of experienced, forward-thinking math and science professionals who are dedicated to engaging students in stimulating, creative, rigorous, and reflective inquiry as an integral part of their lives. TERC works at the frontiers of theory and practice to contribute to a deeper understanding of learning and teaching; enhance instruction through teacher professional development; develop applications of new technologies to education; create curricula and other products; and support reform in both school and informal settings. TERC’s vision is grounded in the belief that science and math literacies are critical to strengthening and preserving a democratic society.
It’s About Time® is proud to be the publisher of two of TERC’s research-based curricula: Investigating Astronomy, a comprehensive astronomy textbook written specifically for high school students and Astrobiology, a full-year genuinely integrated science curriculum.
WestEd, a non-profit research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults by creating positive, innovative, and sustainable change. WestEd evaluations provide clear, thorough, and unbiased answers to complex questions about impact, efficacy, and quality through descriptive studies, formative evaluations, case studies, and randomized controlled trials.