About Purdue Science K-12 Outreach
Purdue Science K-12 Outreach coordinators act as resources and facilitators, establishing cooperative relationships with elementary and secondary schools to bring about changes in the quality of education. Our programs link the expertise of Purdue Science faculty with students, teachers, parents, schools, and school systems through collaborative interactions. Since its inception, Purdue Science K-12 Outreach has reached more than 17,000 teachers and 740,000 students by traveling to Indiana schools with programs, laboratory equipment, and other activities aimed at the improvement of science and mathematics education.
Science K-12 Outreach Mission
The mission of Purdue Science K-12 Outreach is to support the application of science and mathematics education to address societal needs and to work towards the goal of a scientifically literate population. The primary activity of Purdue Science K-12 Outreach is engagement that disseminates knowledge and effective educational practices to the K-12 educational community. In support of these activities, the program engages in discovery to determine effective practices in science and mathematics education and learning to improve preparation of pre-service teachers and practicing teachers.
In its commitment to these activities, the Purdue Science K-12 Outreach program
- Provides professional development and support for K-12 science and mathematics educators
- Creates and facilitates programs that develop scientifically literate K-12 students to foster interest and enthusiasm for science and mathematics.
- Creates opportunities for broader impact by working with institutions of higher education, industry, and governmental agencies to support scientific literacy.