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A Professional-Society Mediated MSP: Lessons Learned

Abstract

This paper addresses the following claim(s):

"Claim 1: The development of scientifically robust and pedagogically sound lesson plans centered around misconceptions is an effective way for scientific-society partnership projects to link member scientists with high school teachers and get the scientists into the classroom, and the partnership experience can lead scientists to recognize the benefits of K-12 outreach.


Claim 2: Science outreach can be an effective vehicle for promoting recognition of genetics faculty by peers and supervisors when it is adequately supported by the infrastructure and commitment of a professional society.


Claim 3: The deep engagement of a professional society with K-12 outreach can profoundly alter the vision, infrastructure, and programming of the professional society with respect to the importance of STEM education in schools."