BiteScis has a dual mission to increase the interaction between the broad base of practicing researchers in science—graduate students—and the K12 classroom. Founded by ComSciCon organizers and advised by a board of experts in education from across the contry, the BiteScis program will create a new web resource focused on making the methods and modern practice of scientific research accessible to the next generation of scientists.
BiteScis brings modern science research into the classroom through one-of-a-kind lesson plans developed in partnerships between K-12 teachers and STEM graduate students. BiteScis collaborations are win-win. Teachers benefit from exciting new material that invigorates learning and early career scientists gain valuable communication and education training.
BiteScis provides the structure and resources to foster personal connections between teachers and practicing scientists. In this way, BiteScis seeks to improve science education and communication, with the ultimate goal of enhancing public understanding and appreciation of science. Each lesson plan developed is tested in real classrooms and revised until it is scientist- and teacher-approved. All finalized resources will be hosted on a user-friendly web interface that is fully-searchable by topic, level, curriculum standard, and big-picture questions.
Our work on BiteScis is inspired by the success of our initiatives to make the scientific literature accessible to undergraduate students, through affiliated resources such as Astrobites and Oceanbites.