Science House Trip: A Team effort To Expand the Front Row
For generations scientists have labored in challenging, secret search for answers to mysteries lurking in the very nature of existence. News coverage of these discoveries is mainly conducted from the ground up.
Now, in just a few weeks, Kate Middleton will kick off an international celebration of science. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that, for the first time in history, chemistry, physics, biology, and physical chemistry will be recognized with a spot at the front of the General Assembly, the world’s largest conference on science.
The Science Assembly (summit) in Berlin will feature about 12,000 of the world’s best researchers from every sector of science. Along with hundreds of scientists from leading international companies and agencies, this group will help shape and define the future of science – for ourselves and future generations.
New hope for the future will rest on the shoulders of over 6,000 of the brightest young scientists from more than 160 countries.
The Science Assembly is the first of several U.S. school trips sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Student Trustees, a program run by the ASUSA’s Education Foundation. By bringing world-class scientists to the US, we hope to spark enthusiasm, spark learning, spark discovery.
But what is the potential for our program – and for science in general – to encourage these next generation of scientists, and for the next generation of teens who choose to follow in the footsteps of their favorite scientists?
One way is through language exchange. So let’s examine how language exchange fits in. When Kate Middleton arrives in Berlin to open the world’s largest science summit, she is marking a long history of the relationship between science and politics. In fact, President Dwight Eisenhower became the first world leader to visit a science conference at the General Assembly in 1957. And of course, this is no accident.
In science, and often in public policy, the outcomes are the product of human connections and collaboration. And science leads to jobs, wealth, peace and security. That’s the good stuff, but there is also a lot that goes on that goes largely unnoticed. One of the most important contributing factors to the other benefits of science is the inspiration of young scientists – especially young women. Young women need role models. They need to be encouraged to pursue the world of science. A few words from their favorite scientist are just enough to spur their interest and drive them toward professional success.
That’s why the American Chemical Society’s annual Student Trustees are working to encourage the next generation of scientists not only to care about science but to engage, to find meaning in their work and the world. Our goal is to identify, train, and inspire the brightest young scientists with the skills and abilities to make global solutions to global problems real. With the Science Assembly in Berlin, we’ll bring over 650 young U.S. students to science’s ultimate front row seat. We’ll provide our students with information, training, and leadership opportunities that will help them explore their interests, develop their leadership skills, and hone their understanding of science in a truly global effort.